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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 Treatment

The Rescue Rooms Nottingham 12.5.16

As the summer draws ever closer, the days are longer and the temperature’s rising, which can only mean one thing, festival season is just around the corner! By now, you’ve ear marked your ‘go too’ festival of choice, usually the one that has the best looking line up which suits your own personal taste in music, or that one festival, you go to every year, religiously, simply because the atmosphere is always great and all your mates will be there, regardless of who’s playing. Either way, it’s time to get out there, have a few beer, meet old friends, make new ones and support live music!

Tonight was an excuse to do just that and with three great live bands on the bill, you’d be a fool not to be a part of it, so we made sure we were there to enjoy the fun.

As I loitered about outside in the sunshine, I spotted The Treatments new vocalist, Mitchel Emms, taking in the wonderful Nottingham scenery, so I though I’d ruin his day and go speak to him. Being a polite young man, he entertained me while I asked him how he’s getting on since joining the band, sometime last year. The last time I saw these guys, it was next door, in The Basement Bar, at Rock City, with the bands original vocalist Matt Jones, who parted was after the bands last tour.

Mitchel is an accomplished musician, with a natural ability, which he’s nurtured from an early age. Before joining The Treatment, he fronted several other bands in the past, the two most worth mentioning were MisterNothing and Fahran. As he needed to go and get ready for the show, he politely excused himself and ran off to meet up with the rest of the band, who were tucked away in their dressing room!

The first of three bands tonight are no strangers to us and they go by the name of SKAM. If you’ve not heard of these guys before, where the hell have you been? Amazingly, a lot of tonight’s crowd were new to these guys, but this trio of rock and rollers from neighbouring county of Leicestershire, soon changed their opinions with their no nonsense, classic rock and roll act! With so many sub-genres in the music world these days, it’s hard to find a band that produces that ‘classic rock and roll’ style, but these guys have nailed it and stay true to it!

Neal Hill and Matt Gilmore - SKAM

Since forming three years ago, it’s not taken SKAM long to establish themselves as a formidable live act, on the ever growing live music scene. Having signed to Off Yer Rocker Records, every show they get booked for appears to be better than the last! For instance, coming up, on the 22nd of May SKAM are supporting Tony Wright (Terrorvision) at the Soundhouse in Leicester. As people, off stage, these guys are salt of the earth, are always approachable and up for a conversation or willing to share a joke with. In fact, the last time we saw SKAM play, it was for a charity gig in Derby, so these guys are no strangers to the odd helping out of others for a good cause! After their set, we had a great chat about the prospect of the bands third album being released towards the end of this year, so look out for that news being announced!

Steve Hill - SKAM

Next up, a band I personally enjoy watching every time I see them live, Off Yer Rocker label mates, The Amorettes, who are an all girl trio from Scotland. These girls too, are going from strength to strength with every gig they play! Having recently announced their second album ‘White Hot Heat’ due to be released on the 27th of June, they’ve also announced they’ll be gracing Download’s fourth stage on the Friday, as well as announcing they’ve been booked to play ‘T In The Park’, which is a little closer to home for these rockettes!

Hannah - The Amorettes

Tonight, these ladies were in fine form – as ever, which doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. I’ve always said The Amorettes are destined to be superstars, on stage and for their musical ability, but off stage, I’ve yet to see their personality really shine. As I talked to people throughout the night, everyone I spoke with said how good both SKAM and the Amorettes were tonight, which is a great advert for themselves, their genre and their fantastic record label.

Heather - The Amorettes

As stated, I last saw The Treatment when Matt Jones was in the band, which turns out was back in October 2014, where has the time gone! Anyhow, these guys have always been a great live act and despite having their line up change several times, there’s always one thing you can be sure of with The Treatment and that is, these guys will give you 110% on that stage and they proved that again tonight. Before the gig, I thought Mitchel Emms, was a nice and polite young man, but on stage, he stuck his middle finger up at me however I did have my camera up to my face at the time though. I can’t explain it but my camera appears to have that effect on rock stars, it’s all in the name of rock and roll, I guess? haha.

'Swoggle' Newman - The Treatment

Having recently released the bands third studio album ‘Generation Me’ this tour is to support the release of that album, however, tonight was the penultimate show on the fourteen date run. These guys have got a pretty busy summer, appearing at festivals all over Europe, so keep your eyes peeled, Treatment fans.

When I was speaking to Mitchel, I asked him if he’d had any creative input on the making of this new album, to which he replied “most of this album was already written and ready to go before I joined the band”. I also asked if that was difficult or an easy thing to do, coming into a band that has so much material already there for you? “Well the pressures off me really, all I have to do is learn the songs and rock out when we perform on stage. Having been a performer and vocalist for so many years, I’m continually writing music, lyrics etc so at the moment, I’m just enjoying myself, performing with the band but cometh the time, when/if we produce a fourth album, I’ll be ready to hopefully stamp a little of my own personality on the music we produce.”

The Treatment

Tonight was as expected, a very fast pace, full on energy roller coster ride of hair, teeth, screams and leather all flying about the stage, with enough smoke to cover a small city! Honestly, even superman’s super vision couldn’t see through all that smoke especially with the stage being all back lighting and little or no front lighting. Seriously, where do these venues get these lighting Engineers, a pre-historic cave? At least the sound was good tonight and I thought Mitchel did a fantastic job and really fits in well with the rest of the band. Everyone in attendance seemed to really enjoy themselves and with audience ages varying widely, these guys appeal to many and all, not merely a select few, i.e teenage girls, all screaming like children, which was my impression, the last time I saw these guys. It appears they’ve matured, but are still able to rock your socks off!

Tonight was a great night, spent watching three young bands, all of which play classic rock, awesome, roll on summer 2016, we’re ready for you and all of the awesome music we’re going to see this year! BOOM!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

The Treatment

Rock City Nottingham 10th October 2014.

Tonight’s gig was a pretty exciting one for me, as those crazy rockers from the land of Oz were over here touring with Buffalo Summer and The Treatment, which is the first time, that I’m aware of, since I reviewed their fabulous new album “Full Throttle” and was only their fourth ever show in this country. I go into more depth about them, as a band and the album itself in that review.

Having only heard the album and read the reviews, I was eager to see how Massive performed on the live stage, as, lets face it, that’s were the music really matters. Surprisingly they were on first, which must have been an odd feeling for them too as they are usually the main attraction back home in Australia and it showed.

Let me tell you, these guys were rocking from the get go! The whole set consisted of tracks from the new album, which didn’t matter non, as I think the album is a great body of work from start to finish. The band kicked off with ‘Burning the Sun’, then went on to do ‘Hollywood’, ‘Lacey’, ‘Dancefloor’, ‘Ghost’, ‘One by One’ then finished with ‘Now or Never’. In true Australian fashion, fashioned by those nut cases Airbourne, we had plenty of beer drinking on and off the stage and at one point Brad Marr, Massive’s vox man managed to climb onto the Basement Bar, thrash out a few riffs, down someone else’s pint, throw the empty plastic pint cup at me, whilst I was trying to take a picture, then jump back onto the stage for the next song.

Brad Marr - Massive

I’ll be honest, these guys know how to work a crowd and have a party whilst doing so. I appreciated axe man, Ben Laguada posing throughout the set as it really did make for an awesome picture. Aidan Mc Garrigle was more of a shy creature, opting to hide behind his hair throughout most of the set, but I did mange to capture him busting out some moves. On drums we have a stereotypical Aussie look-a-like, surfer dude, Jarrod Medwin, who is super good looking and very charismatic sat behind his kit. I’ll say this about Brad, what he lacks in height, he makes up for in his larger than life personality, which stands tall! He is actually taller in the flesh!! An awesome set, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so much so, afterwards I was ready to go home, as anyone else playing the stage was going to have a really hard time matching that MASSIVE performance, over to you then Buffalo Summer! P.S Massive did suggest they may be back in the UK in 2015 during the festival season, so watch out for them appearing next summer!

Massive

I first saw the adorable Welsh bunch, Buffalo Summer, when they played on Metal Hammer’s first “Lord of the Riffs” tour, which, after seeing them play, again at Rock City’s basement bar, made me fall in love with this band instantly. They do exactly what they say they do, which is feel good rock and roll. As the guys have been touring with Massive and The Treatment, I feel tonight’s performance was a slightly more elevated affair from that first encounter. Having two very energetic bands on the bill, has surely helped them to up their onstage persona to maintain people spirits through their set. To do this, we had four very energetic and entertaining buffalo’s on that stage.

Andrew Hunt - Buffalo Summer

Andrew (vox) posed for the camera’s, which is a rare occurrence at any show, if you ever read this though Andrew, shoving your face straight down the camera’s lens, in low light, isn’t easy to fix focus on and capture, but I did appreciate the gesture. Darren the bass king was in high spirits and he too elevated to new heights and climbed onto the bar for a bit of a bass solo, his horns were being flashed a plenty. Jonny Williams, on guitar was an absolute monster with his axe tonight, hence why they were on the Lords of Riff tour, a pure genius, who was relishing his time on the stage, which is always nice to see. Brother and drummer Gareth Hunt was also very energetic and seemed to be loving performing for us all tonight. I haven’t got long to wait before I see these guys again, as the next opportunity will be in November, at Hard Rock Hell 8 in North Wales, which isn’t too far for these guys to travel, so see you there, you lucky, lucky people!

Jonny Williams - Buffalo Summer

Headliners tonight were “The Treatment” from Cambridge. At first, when they all took to the stage, I though I was on the set of Grease and was gearing up for a showdown with the T-Birds gang, but thankfully the band started playing and I remembered where I was, phew, back on track. All five members are strapping young lads which helped to explain the scantily clad rock chicks, or is that the pink ladies, in the crowd screaming their heads off……..disgusting behaviour, but all good fun and was reminiscent of the days of old, when swagga, style and rock n roll music was a lifestyle choice not a sub genre. Having a 22,000+ following on their Facebook page, these guys are really kicking up a storm amongst the younger generation.

Matt Jones - The Treatment

Lead singer Matt Jones reminded me of Sisters of Mercy singer Andrew Eldritch, with his mirrored Aviator shades, but that’s where the similarities ended. The rest of the band consists of Dee Dammers – guitar, Tagore Grey – guitar, Dhani Mansworth – Drums and Rick Newman – bass. To describe their sound, I’d have to go with AC/DC definitely (but only as far as a style and similarity in music goes) and as far as my own personal taste goes, I couldn’t really get on-board with them but I know many people do like these guys and I certainly respect what they are doing. I have listened to both their albums, ‘This Might Hurt’ and ‘Running With Dogs’ many times, the latter being my preferred choice out of the two, which was only released this year. As they are maturing, their music is becoming more palatable, so there is hope for me yet! Until next time music fans, stay crazy.

The Treatment

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)