This review of The Dead Daisies’ Dayton, Ohio gig, supporting Kiss on the Freedom to Rock tour, provides a sneak peek of what to expect at their upcoming LA show at The Whisky A Go-Go. The legendary venue will host their Sept. 15 show which will also be their first headlining gig in the U.S.
The group of world-traveled vagabonds shows no stoppage in their fire and spirit to deliver a genuine, vintage ‘70s rock experience. The Daisies have traveled with Kiss on the Freedom to Rock Tour since July which will span 36 U.S. cities, with more to be added.
The Dead Daisies are not a super group but they each have impressive resumes through former and current bands, coming together through a collective love of ‘70s music and celebrating the decade between peace and love and radical indulgence. The Dead Daisies are vocalist John Corabi (Motley Crue), guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) and drummer Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol).
They just released their new record Make Some Noise, playing some new tunes, older tunes and a few covers paying tribute to their influences. With decades of showmanship and experience, they brought the ‘70s free-spirited, free-riding party to Dayton.
The evening started with a Revolución as Corabi yelled “Hey, hey, hey, hey” with an updated version of Alex Harvey’s “Midnight Moses.” They went straight south of the border to party in “Mexico.” It’s where the story happens but only portions are brought back. New record title track “Make Some Noise” got the groove and clap on, revival style.
“In case you don’t know who we are, we’re The Dead Daisies,” Corabi said. They broke out the Clearwater, reviving “Fortunate Son.” In the vein of Bad Company’s “Shooting Star” and Skynyrd, “Lock ‘N’ Load” was about a young man’s short journey through life based on choices.
“Long way to Go” broke out the Aerosmith vibe and those long-road, well-traveled tales. Everyone “Joined Together” with The Who for a festival styled jam. “The last time I saw the Sun” brought out more Aerosmith gypsy, rattling good times on stage.
They didn’t share The Stones’ sympathy as “Devil out of Time” finished the originals, but they did give love to The Beatles, ending with “Helter Skelter.”
The Dead Daisies will perform at The Whisky A Go-Go on Thursday Sept. 15, doors 8 p.m. $20. Support comes from Steve Rodgers, (son of Free man Paul). For more information go to www.whiskyagogo.com
Images by Mike Ritchie