Review: "Live & Louder" - The Dead Daisies

by Roger Wink, VVN Music

Take five experienced veteran artists, put them together to record and tour both originals and covers, and you have one hell of a great rock band.

The Dead Daisies have never wanted to be known as a "supergroup". They are more of a loose collaborative of artists who occasionally come together to record and tour even though many have other projects.

Formed in 2012, the band has seen such great musicians as Richard Fortis (Guns N' Roses), Jon Stevens (INXS), Daryl Jones (Rolling Stones), Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses), John Tempesta (The Cult) and Alex Carpetis (Nine Inch Nails) come and go from the lineup over the last five years; however, the latest iteration seems to be gelling into a cohesive and semi-permanent band.

Rhythm guitarist David Lowy remains from the original lineup while bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders) and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foriegner, Ozzy Osbourne) joined in 2013 and vocalist John Corabi (Motley Crue, ESP) in 2015. The newest member, who came into the group last year, is lead guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio).

All but Adrich played on the band's 2015 album Revolucion while the current members all played on 2016's great Make Some Noise and, now, their tour in support of their latest album has been chronicled on the new album Live and Louder.

Louder is the key word in that title as this is certainly one of those bands that begs to have their music played at ear bleed levels.  Songs like the anthemic Make Some Noise, a highlight of the last studio album, comes off even better performed live with the crowd lending their support.

Of the sixteen songs on Live and Louder, eight are from the Make Some Noise album with a couple of selections from their other albums. Also included are four covers, two that were on Noise, including a superb version of the Who's Join Together and a rockin' Fortunate Son. The Beatles' Helter Skelter and Grand Funk's American Band round out the non-originals.

A second disc is a DVD with a 43-minute documentary on live performing, favorite songs, comments on why they do covers and much more along with a 24-minute piece on the actual tour, two slideshows and four music videos. What comes across strongest on the extra content is, while it sounds like the band is having fun playing, you get a true idea of the joy that all the members get from performing together along with a good dose of humor from everyone.

The Dead Daisies have all had success with a host of bands but it is more than time that this lineup gets the critical and fan recognition that they so richly deserve.

Our interview with singer John Corabi on the making of Make Some Noise:

Live and Louder was provided to VVN Music for review purposes. 

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