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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.