After 30 shows in 16 countries across four continents, The Dead Daisies are looking forward to bringing their world tour home. The hard rock supergroup is on a brief break, before an appearance at the Woodstock Poland Festival on Aug. 3. Their first American show is Aug. 9 at the infamous Sturgis (South Dakota) motorcycle rally, before officially kicking off their Dirty Dozen Tour — their first headlining tour in the U.S. — in Chicago the next night.
The group formed in 2012, bringing together veterans of some of the best known hard rock bands. Currently, the lineup is: John Corabi (Motley Crue) on vocals, guitarists Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix), bass player Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), and drummer Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner). Aldrich is the newest member, having joined the band in early 2016, when then-guitarist Richard Fortus left to join the Gun N’Roses reunion.
This summer and spring, The Dead Daisies have been touring in support of their recent album Live & Louder, which captured the energy and party atmosphere of their 2016 world tour. “The most important thing is that the chemistry is really good with this band live,” Aldrich told AXS.com. “And that’s why instead of making a new studio record, we decided to make a little noise some more. We decided to put out a live record. We had some good concerts to pick from, and also it [a live album] shows a more personal side of any band.”
When the band comes off their break on Thursday (August 3), they will play at the Woodstock Poland festival — with an orchestra. “We worked up some different songs that — I don’t want to give it away — were not necessarily rock songs and made them into rock songs,” Aldrich said. “You know, kind of ‘Daisiefied’ them. I’m really excited about how they turned out.” The guitarist mentioned that the band might release a live recording of this show.
The Dead Daisies’ music is heavily influenced by 70s and early 80s rock, apparent not only in their original songs but also in the covers they rework in the studio and on the road. This past July 4th, the band released a video comprised of some of their live performances of “We’re An American Band,” which was a #1 hit for Grand Funk Railroad in 1973. The track is on Live & Louder, along with other rock classics “Fortunate Son,” “Join Together,” and “Midnight Moses.”
So far, the setlists on this tour relied almost exclusively on Live & Louder, with occasional covers tossed into the mix. Aldrich confirmed that it will remain mostly the same during the final leg, “but we always end up swapping stuff around,” he said.
While the members of the band are looking forward to all 15 stops in North America (The Dirty Dozen headline shows, plus 3 biker rallies), playing in New York and Los Angeles is always special for them, albeit with a little added pressure. “We have friends in most of the bigger cities, and when your friends come out it’s just a good vibe. New York, we’ve got tons of friends, all of us. L.A. is ridiculous for me. When I was in Whitesnake, I used to put 60 people on our guest list,” the 53-year-old guitarist said. “Now with the Daisies, we need our fans and our friends to come support us. You end up partying a little more with your friends there, but you end up playing a little harder, too. Your friends are like ‘C’mon dude! Let it rip! Light it up, man! Don’t let me down, dude!’” The Dead Daisies will be in at the Highline Ballroom in New York on Aug. 17 and the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Aug. 25. The complete itinerary can be found here.
Aldrich recalled the first time he came to New York in 1989 or 1990, when he was with the hard rock band Hurricane. “We went to do promo in New York, and we went to these really artsy parties and all this stuff I’d never seen before. It looked like these parties you see on tv where Andy Warhol might show up. And we were just kids,” he said. “The club [where they played] felt like a little more pressure, because New York is so famous.” Over the next decade, he returned to the city on tour as a member of other bands.
The Dead Daisies spent time in New York City while writing last year’s Make Some Noise album. Founding band member and guitarist David Lowy lives in the city “so it’s easy for us to work, rehearse there, and write there. And it’s really cool to get to spend some time and really get the vibe of it,” Aldrich said. “It’s fun to walk in New York, there are so many different ways to go and so many different vibes in the city.”
When the tour ends in early September, they plan to take a break before getting back into action in late October in New York. “We’re gonna loosely grab some ideas together, then we’ll go to Nashville and kind of fine tune them, and basically get in the studio and just record straight away,” he said. “The good thing is that the ideas are still fresh and we don’t spend too much time doing any demos — we’ll try to capture the essence of what we’re doing when we actually play it for the first time. And it’s with Pro Tools running, so we capture it. It’s cool, really old school.”
Until then, he and the other guys in the band are enjoying the tour and hoping fans will come out to see them. “Come hang out with us — it’s really a fun show!” Aldrich promised.