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The Dead Daisies

With support from The Treatment and The Amorettes.
Rock City Nottingham 13th April 2018.

Gig day, yay! Two in two weeks, I’m being spoilt! To ensure the day went smoothly, as it’s Friday the 13th, I avoided any black cats and ladders which seemed to pay off! Traffic was a nightmare, as per usual but the sun was shining for a change, so I was in good spirits as I made my way to Rock City, for tonight’s show.

I’d known about tonight’s show for a while, since I attended HRH metal to be precise, as Claire over at Central Press PR, asked if I was interested in covering The Dead Daises, sure I said, seeing as it’s you! Un-be-known to me, these guys appear to be wining over the hearts and minds of classic rock fans all over the globe and have been since their formation in 2012 the brain child of guitarist David Lowy. The band are a musical collective created by a rotating line-up that has featured some of the best rock musicians on the planet. The band currently consist of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe/The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English), David Lowy (Red Phoenix/Mink)

More on those rock gods in a bit, before them though and warming us up tonight, we have two of Britain’s best up and coming bands to entertain us!

Getting things underway were those lovely ladies that call themselves The Amorettes, who are energetic and vibrant to watch, live. Their music rocks, although, every new track they produce, is starting to sound like previously released material, well to me anyway, but I’ve known of these three ladies for some time now and have covered them numerous times. As their popularity grows, so it would appear does their album chart position, which is pretty impressive when you consider their new album ‘Born to Break’ was only released a week ago! This tour will have given this band some great exposure to new fans aswell as existing fans too, which is great for them.

Next up, another band I’ve seen quite a bit of during my time doing this and they go by the name ‘The Treatment’ and during that time, I’ve seen a few personnel changes and tonight it would appear, they have a new vocalist, who replaces Mitch Emms and appears to be every bit as confident as his predecessors. According to Wikipedia, Emms fronted the band from 2015 to 2017 and replaced the founding vocalist Matt Jones.

After their hedonistic start and leading up to Matt’s departure, this band appeared to be destined for big things, having toured with the likes of Kiss, Slash, Motley Crew Steel Panther and Thin Lizzy, but are they only ever going to be a great support band? If tonight’s set is anything to go by, then the answer is no, as tonight they performed out of their skins and the crowd lapped it up. It would appear, the arrival of Tom Rampton, the bands new vocalist, has given this band a new found vigor and direction in which to venture. After tonight’s performance, I could see in them that desire they started out with, when they exploded onto the scene with their debut album ‘This Might Hurt’ back in 2011! The Treatment are back and fighting fit! Bring it on – I’m looking forward to see what they can produce.

The Dead Daisies then and it would appear that they harp back to the late 70’s – early 80’s rock bands, when the likes of Whitesnake, Journey, Europe and Def Leppard ruled the air waves, which is by no means a bad thing. As this music appeals to so many seasoned rockers out there of that generation, The Dead Daisies present the perfect reason to dust off the leather trousers and denim jackets and go out and have a few beers whilst giving everyone the chance to relive that era and for that, we thank you. I’m not sure if you’re aware of the term ‘Dad Rock’ personally, I prefer retro rock, as this term sounds a bit of an insult but it really isn’t, as it sums this type of rock and roll music up perfectly, but it does remind me of the type of music my dad listened to when I was as a kid. OOO the irony – I’m now grey, have a kid and love this type of music now as well! Yes, I finally fit a stereotype!

Now on their 4th album ‘Burn it Down’ which was released earlier this month, The Dead Daisies appear to be filling the air waves up with those classic rock sounds that we have all grown to love over the years and to celebrate, the band have embarked on an extensive world tour. Watch the official music videoRise Up‘ taken from the new album ‘Burn It down‘, smash the link for more information -> The Dead Daisies official website.

It was a busy night for the Daisies but they took it in their stride, which is a relief as 2018 appears to be a very busy year for the band and is a credit to them for all their hard work over the years. It was also a busy night for me and twelve other photographers in the pit but above all, a packed to the rafters Rock City, which certainly did that…. IT ROCKED! I loved it and what a great night of Rock and Roll. This band are proving Classic Rock is certainly current and doing well, as are the band.

It would appear, due to the overall resounding success of the band, Crystal Head Vodka have cottoned on to the bands popularity and have teamed up with them to support the tour. I actually own a bottle of the classic crystal head decanter, which is still unopened and will remain that way, as I hate vodka. I only bought it, because the owner is non other than Dan Aykroyd (and John Alexander) an actor from my childhood, who I greatly admire!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

The Dead Daisies

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 5th December 2015.

Judging by the size of the queue outside the Slade Rooms this evening, Wolverhampton was ready and waiting to be wowed by non other than The Dead Daisies, Colour Of Noise and The Wild Lies.

And getting tonight off to a flying start were the London based classic rockers – The Wild Lies, who consist of Matthew Polley – Vocals, Zak Muller – Lead Guitar, Andre Ruffell – Guitar, Dylan Smith – Bass and Luke Wilson – Drums. Hard rock and hard work certainly seems to be paying off for these guys as 2015 has seen them going from strength to strength and paving the way for their recent performances at HRH9 and Planet Rockstock. Their set tonight was a worthy introduction to the band and an experience that I am most definitely looking forward to repeating again!

Matthew Polley - The Wild Lies

The main support for the UK leg of The Dead Daisies tour were the Brighton based band, Colour Of Noise. Classic rock was the order of the night from these guys, with their many influences including The Rolling Stones and Led Zepplin clearly being heard within their original songs.

Matt Mitchell - Colour Of Noise

The bands set tonight consisted of tracks taken from their newly released and self titled album, all of which transposed into an excellent live performance. Favourite song of the night for me from Colour Of Noise was ‘Can’t Take it With You’, as this track just captured the heart and swagger of their music. Definitely a band we are going to be hearing a lot more of!

Ben Daniel - Colour Of Noise

Set List: 1. You Only Call Me 2. Medicine Man 3. Can You Hear Me? 4. Head On 5. Can’t Take It With You 6. Hit Rock Bottom 7. Drive It Like You Stole It 8. Heavy.

Acknowledged as a musical collective, The Dead Daisies have been quite fluid in their line up since their onset in 2012, but for the purpose of this, their current tour, the band consist of the most excellent line up including John Corabi – vocals, Marco Mendoza – bass, Richard Fortus – guitar, Dizzy Reed – keyboard, David Lowry – guitar and Brian Tichy – drums.

Richard Fortus - The Dead Daisies

Tonight’s set list gave us a mixture of both original material and covers of several great songs, including the likes of Aerosmith and Creedence Clearwater Revival. For me, the greatest highlight of the set was their version of the track ‘Alright Now’ by Free, which was deftly followed up by the most outstanding drum solo that I’ve ever seen, from Brian Tichy.

Brian Tichy - The Dead Daisies

The popularity of The Dead Daisies is undeniably great and still growing and having the opportunity to see them up close and personal in a venue the size of the Slade Rooms, was clearly a treat thoroughly enjoyed by both me and the maximum capacity crowd present.

John Corabi - The Dead Daisies

Set List: 1. Midnight Moses 2. Evil 3. Mexico 4. Get Up, Get Ready 5. Hush 6. Looking For The One 7. Sick As A Dog 8. Something I Said 9. Lock ‘n’ Load 10. All Right Now – Drum Solo – 11. With You And I 12. Angel In Your Eyes 13. Devil Out Of Time 14. Helter Skelter (Encore) 1. Face I Love 2. Fortunate Son

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.