MetalTalk’s 2016 Band Of The Year prove without doubt they are a formidable live force…
Formed back in 2012 by Australian guitarist David Lowy, The Dead Daisies have previously had a revolving door policy when it comes to band personnel.
The Dead Daisies: ‘Live & Louder’
Released May 19th 2017 (Spitfire Music/SPV)
Words: Robert Adams
In their five year history they have featured ex members of… deep breath… Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, Nine Inch Nails, Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones, INXS, Whitesnake and Dio to name more than a few.
It is to band leader Lowy’s credit that The Dead Daisies, now with a completely stable line-up, are most DEFINITELY NOT just a bunch of seasoned pros looking for an easy pay cheque.
Those of you fortunate enough to have seen The Dead Daisies live will know exactly what to expect from ‘Live & Louder’. Those of you that haven’t had that privilege are in for a treat.
The band have gone on record stating that ‘Live & Louder’ is 100% live with absolutely no overdubs. This, along with the fact that the album was recorded at multiple gigs during their mammoth 2016 touring schedule, including their December co-headline UK tour with The Answer, just shows you the confidence they have in their abilities as a live band.
After listening to ‘Live & Louder’ you will realise this confidence is well founded, as they are as tight as a sideways walking crustacean’s posterior. Sit back, pour yourself a cold one and let me guide you through the delights that are to be found in abundance throughout ‘Live & Louder’.
The album opens with ‘Long Way To Go’ which sets the tone of the gig perfectly. It’s a rumbling AC/DC style rocker with frontman John Corabi in fine voice. John was the finest vocalist that Motley Crue ever had and this album shows that time certainly hasn’t diminished the power or strength of his vocal delivery.
‘Long Way To Go’ leads straight into ‘Mexico’ which gets you thinking that maybe moving to Mexico, as the lyrics suggest, would be a damn fine idea. The title track of the Daisies most recent studio album, ‘Make Some Noise’, is up next. Written specifically for the stage, it’s also great fun, a fantastic crowd singalong and the title of this very album comes from this chorus while ‘Song And A Prayer’ is a classic story with a chorus so catchy it deserves to be quarantined.
The first cover of the set is Creedance Clearwater Revival’s ‘Fortunate Son’ and that classic is given a rockier re-working by The Daisies and staying with the ‘Make Some Noise’ album, ‘We All Fall Down’ is a masterclass in the art of live vocal delivery and also sees the first appearance in the set of Doug Aldrich’s guitar talkbox. The Daisies then go way back to their self-titled 2012 debut album for ‘Lock’N’Load’.
All great rock bands must have at least one fantastic ballad in their set and The Dead Daisies have two. The studio recording of this track featured Slash on lead guitar and it is to Doug Aldrich’s credit that his presence isn’t missed. The second ballad of the set follows and is a bona fide crowd pleaser. Corabi thanks the part the fans played in getting this song airplay and recognition. ‘Something I Said’ is the song that the frontman is referring to and David Lowy even recognises JC’s efforts at the end of the song.
If you ever wanted to know what life is like as a touring musician, look no further than ‘Last Time I Saw The Sun’. The meaning behind this loose rocker is explained in detail in MetalTalk’s extensive interview with John Corabi from July right here.
Doug then gets to do his Peter Frampton does Pete Townsend talkbox geetar thing again before settling into the riff for The Who’s ‘Join Together’. Every crowd loves a good singalong and this is the perfect song to do it and the London crowd really give it their all.
Golden Boy Doug likes his talkbox so much he even uses it for the main riff of the next song, ‘You & I’, accompanied by a fantastic funky rhythm guitar from David Lowy. John Corabi then introduces all his new friends in Vienna to all his old friends onstage and it’s simply great fun. All the players get to do a little slice of a tune and the audience join in with gusto before he teases the crowd by saying:
“Now we got you all worked up, we’re gonna play you the ballad from the album!”
The band then break into the superb rocker that is ‘Mainline’ and if you haven’t heard this song before, it is pretty much guaranteed that you’ll be headbanging like a crazy person and grinning like a Chesire cat when you do get a listen.
We’ve reached the closing run and we’re back in cover territory as The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’ gets a Daisies workout, with a touch of Led Zeppelin thrown in the middle for good luck. The encores are up next with Corabi saying to the crowd:
“We could go offstage like rock stars or jerkoffs and wait for you to make some noise before we come back on, OR we could stay right here and just play.”
Obviously the crowd choose the latter and it’s straight into Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘American Band’. This song has been covered by just about every American group with a guitar and it is to The Dead Daisies credit that they make it sound fresh and rocking. The last song of the set and the album is their take on The Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s ‘Midnight Moses’. Alex would be looking down on The Daisies with a grin on his face and a whisky in his hand and nodding his head in approval. It is a thing of sheer beauty.
As far as live albums go, ‘Live & Louder’ is up there with the best of them. The only things missing from this album that would have made it exactly like attending the actual gig are having a ridiculous booking fee slapped onto the price of the album when you buy it and drinking vastly overpriced beer from a flimsy plastic cup as you listen to it.
The Dead Daises are most definitely NOT a vehicle for seasoned side men to make a quick buck; they are a heads down, no-nonsense rock band with AMAZING musicians and one of the finest frontmen in the world today. One listen to ‘Live & Louder’ is all you’ll need to realise why The Dead Daisies were MetalTalk’s 2016 Band Of The Year.
John Corabi spoke extensively to MetalTalk last week as special guest on Steve Göldby Talks Metal. You can hear what John had to say about ‘Live & Louder’, the forthcoming tour dates and lots more alongside several cuts from the new album in the player right here.
‘Live & Louder’ tracklist:
1 Long Way To Go 4:46
2 Mexico 5:14
3 Make Some Noise 2:59
4 Song And A Prayer 3:38
5 Fortunate Son 4:01
6 We All Fall Down 3:43
7 Lock’N’Load 5:11
8 Something I Said 5:18
9 Last Time I Saw the Sun 5:13
10 Join Together 6:30
11 With You And I 5:05
12 Band Intros 5:04
13 Mainline 4:53
14 Helter Skelter 6:56
15 American Band 3:26
16 Midnight Moses
The Dead Daisies are:
David Lowy – guitar and vocals
Doug Aldrich – guitar and vocals
Marco Mendoza – bass and vocals
Brian Tichy – drums
John Corabi – vocals
‘The Dirty Dozen’ Tour Dates:
Thursday 10th August: Arcada Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday 11th August: Shelter@Saint Andrews, Detroit, MI
Saturday 12th August: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON
Wednesday 16th August: House Of Independence, Asbury Park, NJ
Thursday 17th August: Highline Ballroom, New York NY
Friday 18th August: Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
Saturday 19th August: Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
Sunday 20th August: The Basement East, Nashville, TN
Wednesday 23rd August: Gas Monkey, Dallas, TX
Friday 25th August: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday 26th August: House of Blues, San Diego, CA
Sunday 27th August: Counts Vamp’d, Las Vegas NV
Live And Louder World Tour 2017:
Friday 2nd June: Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Saturday 3rd June: Rock In Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Sunday 4th June: Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
Tuesday 6th June: Dynamo, Zürich, Switzerland
Thursday 8th June: Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday 9th June: Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden
Sunday 11th June: Download Festival, Donington, United Kingdom
Monday 12th June: Liquid Room, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Wednesday 14th June: Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Friday 16th June: Le Forum, Vaureal, France
Saturday 17th June: Hellfest, Clisson, France
Sunday 18th June: Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
Tuesday 20th June: Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
Wednesday 21st June: Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
Friday 23rd June: Harley Days Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Sunday 25th June: Bluesiana, Velden, Austria
Monday 26th June: Bluesiana, Velden, Austria
Tuesday 27th June: Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
Wednesday 28th June: A38, Budapest, Hungary
Thursday 29th June: Lucerna Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
Saturday 1st July: Freigericht Rockt Festival, Freigericht, Germany
Wednesday 5th July: Shibuya Club Quattro, Tokyo, Japan
Thursday 6th July: Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
Wednesday 12th July: Opera de Arame, Curitiba, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
Thursday 13th July: Carioca Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
Saturday 15th July: Vorterix, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday 16th July: Teatro Vorterix ,Rosario, Argentina
Thursday 3rd August: Woodstock Poland, Kostrzyn, Poland
More South American dates to be announced.