The Dead Daisies came through Baltimore for the first time on their world tour supporting their Live and Louder release, but many of you still don’t know who they are. Playing to a surprisingly half packed crowd at Rams Head Live, the band, which consists of bassist Marco Mendoza, drummer Brian Tichy, lead singer John Corabi, and guitarists David Lowy and Doug Aldrich, came out strong with the first song “Long Way To Go,” which flat out rocks if you have not heard this song yet. Corabi, who you might remember from The Scream or Motley Crue, is a tremendously underrated vocalist. His voice perfectly fits this outfit. Aldrich has never sounded better too. His bluesy, hard rocking sound is the icing on the cake for this band. Lowy as well trades off riffs with Aldrich and they both make a lethal duo here. “Song And A Prayer” showcased this well.
The band looks like they are having an extremely good time performing these songs for the fans, smiling throughout, and interacting with the audience. “Fortunate Son,” a CCR cover, was one of the best sounding songs of the night. “We All Fall Down” though, with it’s bluesy energy and rocking chorus, might have been the best song they played. Aldrich was fantastic the way he glides on the guitar. And then there’s Tichy don’t forget. Another underrated talent, his services are desired all over and I for one am happy he settled with this band. He also is the drummer for the Michael Sweet/George Lynch project as well when not playing with the Daisies. “Mainline” is pure rock and roll and Corabi nails this song 150%. One of the encores was another cover, this time Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” which should be an anthem for this band, although Lowy is the founder of this outfit, but from Australia. But who cares, right? It’s still all kick ass Rock and Roll right? They are still touring the US so get out and see these guys while you can.
Opening acts Thrillkiller and The Dives were two very good young bands opening for the Daisies. Only catching the last two songs for Thrillkiller, I did like what I heard. Check them out when you get the chance. The Dives have a disc available for purchase on their webpage and played a thirty minute set of some really good music. Evan Stanley leads this band too. You might know his father, Paul Stanley from Kiss.
The Dead Daisies @ Rams Head Live
The Dives @ Rams Head Live