The Dead Daisies performing their Burn It Down World Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Friday 13th April 2018.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

As part of their Burn It Down World tour in support of their latest studio album, The Dead Daisies came to Rock City last night and brought their own brand of rock to a capacity crowd.

Formed in 2013 as an Australian – American rock band by David Lowy they seem to have a bit of an opening revolving doors policy as far as their line up is concerned. Whilst the current one is full of talent, flair and rock star charisma, front man John Corabi, formerly of Motley Crue, prowled the stage looking like a Californian hippy.

Guitar slinger Doug Aldrich lit up the stage with his blistering fretwork showing that he is undoubtedly a loss to Whitesnake, and bass player Marco Mendoza, formerly of Thin Lizzy formed a formidable partnership in the rhythm section with Lowy, an aerobatic champion pilot and scion of the Australian Lowy family empire. And not to be out done, new boy Deen Castronovo, from Journey, rounded up the line up and did an impressive job behind the drums.

As this dynamic five piece band hit the stage, they wasted no time in kicking off with new songs Resurrected and Rise Up, both being great fist punching rock anthems. And with four studio albums to their name, they are now forming a nice back catalogue to choose their set list from. So it was good to see that crowd pleasing classic rock favourites such as the incredibly infectious Mexico which saw them rock the hell out of Rock City, and Last Time I Saw The Sun and All The Same all feature in the set list.

The power and energy that emerged from these very talented musicians hit the crowd who revelled in every second of it. Make Some Noise was a twangy and heavy classic rock hymn that had the crowd singing and yelling along, whilst Dead And Gone is certainly Corabi’s bid for a summer radio hit.

After With You And I each band member was given the chance to shine, as Corabi introduced the band members and each played a snippet of their favourite songs, all of which got a great response.

There was some interesting takes on some covers, like The Rolling Stones’ Bitch which was given a heavy metal makeover and main set closer, their unmistakable take on The Sensational Alex Harvey’s Band’s Midnight Moses.

For the encore they delivered a softer calmer new song Judgement Day before closing an incredible evening with The Beatles song that all hard rockers love, Helter Skelter.

The Dead Daises had entertained from the off and they had left this crowd exhausted but wanting more for what was undoubtedly, the gig of the year so far at Rock City. On this performance it is unlikely that they will be playing venues of this intimate size for much longer, because it is a sure bet that an inevitable arena tour beckons soon.