The Dead Daisies
The Dead Daisies are an Australian-American rock band and musical collective supergroup formed in 2013 in Sydney, Australia by David Lowy. Musicians that have joined Lowy for the project have included Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses), Jon Stevens (INXS, Noiseworks), Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones), Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy), Charley Drayton (The Cult, Divinyls, Cold Chisel), John Tempesta (The Cult), Brian Tichy (ex Whitesnake, Sass Jordan), Frank Ferrer (Guns N' Roses), Alex Carapetis (Nine Inch Nails), Clayton Doley, Jackie Barnes (Jimmy Barnes), John Corabi (The Scream, Mötley Crüe), Alan Mansfield, Doug Aldrich (Bad Moon Rising, Whitesnake), and Deen Castronovo (Journey, Hardline).
The Dead Daisies
The Dead Daisies 2018
|Origin||Sydney, Australia; Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Associated acts||INXS, Guns N' Roses, The Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, The Cult, Whitesnake, Nine Inch Nails, Slash, Black Star Riders, Sass Jordan, The Scream, Mötley Crüe, Bad Moon Rising|
|Past members||Alan Mansfield|
Formation and debut album (2013–2015)Edit
The band's self-titled debut album was recorded in two weeks at Wishbone Studios in Los Angeles in 2013 with American producer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist John Fields. The album was released in North America on 9 August 2013 through Caroline/Universal, and later released in the United Kingdom in mid-November 2013. "Lock N' Load", their first single, was co-written by Slash, who also played guitar on the track. The song was a Rolling Stone magazine Daily Download on 25 July 2013 and was also available on the website of BBC Radio 2. The song's music video appeared on more than 20 outlets including Much Music. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2013.
The band toured in 2013, including opening for ZZ Top and joining Aerosmith on their Australian and New Zealand tour. This was followed by the 25-date Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival in August and September 2013 (with Jane's Addiction and Alice in Chains, among others). These shows were performed by the first full lineup of the band, which consisted of Lowy and Stevens along with drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy), and pianist Dizzy Reed (from Guns N' Roses). Lead singer Stevens performed for a while with casts on his hand and leg as a result of an injury sustained when escaping from a crocodile on a fishing excursion in Australia.
In the fall of 2013, The Dead Daisies played 18 shows in the United Kingdom with the Black Star Riders. On 20 November, they played the Underworld rock club in Camden, their first UK show as headliners. The band finished off their touring schedule in 2013 with a gig at The Barby in Tel Aviv, Israel. By this time the band consisted of Lowy, Stevens, Fortus, and Reed, along with new recruits Charley Drayton on drums and Darryl Jones on bass.
"Lock N' Load" was also played in football stadiums, including at Wembley Stadium during the sold out NFL American football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers on 27 October.
Coinciding with the tour of the UK, Britain's Classic Rock magazine included a feature of The Dead Daisies in its November 2013 issue. The band was also November's spotlight artist for both Metal Hammer and Classic Rock's websites. In a Classic Rock magazine poll, Lock N' Load was voted 15th best song of 2013 out of 100 songs.
In February 2014, the Dead Daisies regrouped with the line-up of with Lowy, Stevens, Fortus, and Reed, with a returning Mendoza and new drummer John Tempesta (The Cult) to undertake their first full headline Australian tour  plus shows supporting Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes for two shows: Twilight At Taronga, at Taronga Zoo Sydney, and at the Bateau Bay Hotel.
The band embarked on two US tours in 2014, joining the Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd tour in July, followed by the Heroes Tour with Kiss/Def Leppard in August. Both tours were a resounding success.
During the summer of 2014, The Dead Daisies released the EP Face I Love with four new recordings including 'Face I Love', 'Angel In Your Eyes', 'Your Karma' and a cover of The Beatles Helter Skelter (song). Along with the EP, a Facebook app was launched where fans would send in pictures of themselves to try and win prizes.
At the end of October 2014, The Dead Daisies were invited to join the 4th KISS Kruise, which sailed from Miami to the Bahamas.
The band would finish their touring commitments in 2014 with a second visit to New Zealand as guests of Jimmy Barnes under the banner of the 'Angel In Your Eyes' tour to coincide with the release of the same titled single, with four dates in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton, followed by a headline tour of Australia. The Dead Daisies played their first ever headline shows in Perth on 4 December and Brisbane on the 5th.
In late Feb 2015, The Dead Daisies became the first western rock band to play Cuba since the Obama administration reopened trade ties and made history as part of a cultural exchange as guests of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Rock Agency. This tour saw Lowy, Fortus, Mendoza, and Reed joined by returning bassist Darryl Jones and new drummer Brian Tichy, in addition to which vocalists John Corabi and Bernard Fowler joined the band in place of the absent Stevens. During their visit, the band jammed in studio with Cuban musicians, played an energetic sold out show at Havana's Maxim Rock Club, visited young Cuban musicians at the National Institute of Music and finished with a performance at the Concert for Peace (Roc Por La Paz) in front of over 6,000 fans. It was an unforgettable week as the band members immersed themselves in Cuban culture; amongst their feeback David Lowy quotes it being "one of the best musical experiences of my life".
On 16 April 2015, The Dead Daisies officially announced Corabi would remain with the band as lead vocalist, and that Stevens would no longer be a member of the group. The band headed for Sydney, Australia, and with drummer Jackie Barnes, son of Jimmy Barnes, sitting in, booked into Studio 301 with co-producer Craig Porteils (Guns N' Roses/Billy Idol), to complete the recording of their second album, Revolución.
In June 2015 the band (featuring Tommy Clufetos on drums) supports KISS again on their European tour, and also takes in the Rock in Vienna Festival, Download Festival UK and Graspop Metal Meeting Belgium. The Dead Daisies will continue to support the KISS tour on its Australian leg in October 2015.
In late July 2015, The Dead Daisies joined Whitesnake for a limited tour run in the US that ran until mid August. The groups met up for their first US show in Westbury, NY and finished things off in St. Charles, MO bringing American audiences the much anticipated album Revolucion as well as the world premier of the documentary, titled the same, of their historic trip to Cuba on Twitter. In October 2015 The Dead Daisies joined KISS for the Australian leg of the KISS Tour finishing things up on the KISS Kruise V. In November 2015 The Dead Daisies rejoined Whitesnake in Moscow, Russia touring across Europe, making a stop to join Judas Priest in Frankfurt, Germany.
Make Some Noise (2016)Edit
On 28 January 2016 it was announced that Richard Fortus (2013–2016) and Dizzy Reed (2013–2016) would be taking part in the massive Guns N' Roses "Not in This Lifetime... Tour" and that Doug Aldrich – Lead Guitar (2016–present) would be joining the band. With Aldrich, the band recorded their new album Make Some Noise in Nashville with producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Gavin Rossdale, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry) during February & March 2016. Make Some Noise was released globally on SPV Records on 5 August. The band also announced European dates and a US tour with KISS for the summer as well as their first Japanese show at Loud Park festival in October.
The Dead Daisies kicked off their 2016 live appearances as special guests at Musikmesse Frankfurt with performances on the main stage followed by a guest slot with all-star band The Hollywood Vampires in Germany. On 14 July the group set off on the Make Some Noise Tour at Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany. The Dead Daisies played several more festivals as well as their own sold out shows throughout the UK and Europe including an acoustic show at Hard Rock Cafe in Prague and at Maidstone's prestigious 'Ramblin' Man Fair' on 23 July 2016, finishing their European run at Komplex 457 in Zurich, Switzerland. The band released their much anticipated third studio album 'Make Some Noise' on 5 August 2016.
On 10 August 2016 The Dead Daisies joined KISS on their "Freedom To Rock Tour" with shows across the US. For the first time The Dead Daisies included headline concerts in Los Angeles at the famous Whisky-A-Go-Go and Webster Hall in New York. After doing a show for fans of the NFL team Arizona Cardinals, The album's title track 'Make Some Noise' was adopted for their touchdown song.
In October The Dead Daisies paid their first visit to the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan, to play the Loud Park Festival. They continued their journey with their first USO Tour playing shows for the US Military services in South Korea. In early November the band rejoined KISS on the KISS Kruise VI for a record third time, then set off for a massive UK and European trek on a co-headline tour with Irish rock band The Answer to finish off 2016 with tickets selling out well in advance.
Live and Louder (2017)Edit
On 19 May 2017 The Dead Daisies released their new album titled 'Live And Louder' featuring sixteen songs recorded during the UK/Europe Tour from the fall of 2016. Included is a 'Live And Louder' documentary DVD showcasing the 'Make Some Noise World Tour' and selected acoustic tracks along with a massive photo booklet. A headline tour throughout the world is now heading to the US via a special concert at Woodstock in Poland with a full orchestra.
The band have performed at the cream of the European Festivals including Download Festival, Sweden Rock Festival, Rock Hard Festival, Hellfest & Graspop Metal Meeting. Enthusiastic Japanese fans have clamored for the band to return to 'The Land of the Rising Sun' so they did to two sold out shows in Osaka and Tokyo in July. After leaving Japan, the band headed to South America for the first time and played concerts in Brazil, Argentina and Chile before playing a sold out gig in Mexico City.
In a major spectacular, the band played the Woodstock Festival (Poland) in Poland along with the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra to hundreds of thousands in the audience before heading back to the USA for their first headline tour. Aptly titled 'The Dirty Dozen' kicked off in August and saw the band storm through major cities across North America including New York, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles and finishing up in Las Vegas. They have partnered with sports organizations like the New York Yankees and NASCAR as well as working on a promotion with Harley-Davidson including three exclusive biker shows at Sturgis Full Throttle Saloon on 9 August and two shows at the start of September, the Easyriders Rodeo Tour in Ohio and the National HOG Rally in Milwaukee.
On 4 November 2017 it was announced that Brian Tichy would be leaving the band to pursue other interests and that Deen Castronovo would be taking over drumming duties moving forward. As of this date the band, with Castronovo, was in Nashville, TN beginning the recording of a new album.
Burn It Down (2018)Edit
In January 2018 the band announced its pending album "Burn It Down," released on 6 April. The album is available in multiple formats including: CD, colored vinyl, picture disk vinyl and digital download. The band simultaneously announced a 26-date UK and European tour beginning 8 April in Glasgow, UK.
On 9 March, The Dead Daisies released the first single from the new album "Burn It Down". The song, 'Rise Up' is a protest song asking everyone to rise up against everything that is wrong with the world today.
The band started a European tour on 16 April after spending a week in the UK playing their first ever sold out tour. In June, the band played three shows in Japan. Throughout July the band played a series of dates including festivals in Europe and guest slots with the Scorpions in Portugal and Guns N' Roses in Estonia.
The band headed to the Kiss Kruise at the end of October for the fourth time where they set sail for Key West and Nassau. After this they headed straight to the UK and Europe for a series of dates including Hard Rock Hell, Monstersfest and Winterstorm. Dates in Italy, France, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Germany took them to the middle of December 2018 and the end of the tour.
Welcome to Daisyland (2019)Edit
February 2019 saw the launch of a brand new online horror series called 'Welcome to Daisyland'. The Dead Daisies feature in some of the episodes and their music from the 2018 album 'Burn It Down' is used as the soundtrack. Some of the songs featured include 'Dead and Gone' and 'Burn It Down'. On 14 February, new single 'Dead and Gone' swamp version, which is an acoustic version of the track, was released in conjunction with the first episode.
With the various members of the band working on solo projects, the band are off the road. Apart from the 'Welcome To Daisyland' horror series, they have also released a series of cover versions recorded at acoustic performances which have included 'My Generation' by The Who,'Ramble On' by Led Zeppelin, 'Maggie May' by Rod Stewart and 'We're An American Band' by Grand Funk Railroad. 'Song and a Prayer' and 'Fortunate Son' acoustic versions which were originally recorded for an American Airlines promotion were then released on the Spotify platform.
On 7 June 2019, the debut album from 2013, was available for the first time in a vinyl format.
German music duo twocolors did a mix of the track 'Make Some Noise', released as a dance mix titled 'Make It Louder'.
Locked and Loaded (2019)Edit
On the 23rd of August, the band will release 'Locked and Loaded', a collection of cover songs recorded both live and in the studio. 'Fortunate Son' and 'Join Together' are available on digital platforms before the album is released.
Current collective members
- David Lowy – rhythm guitar (2012–present)
- Marco Mendoza – bass, backing vocals (2013, 2014–present)
- John Corabi - lead vocals (2015-present)
- Doug Aldrich – lead guitar , backing vocals (2016–present)
- Deen Castronovo – drums, backing vocals (2017–present)
- Darryl Jones – bass, backing vocals (2013, 2015)
- Richard Fortus – lead guitar (2013-2016)
- Dizzy Reed – keyboards, backing vocals (2013-2016)
- Jon Stevens – lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2013–2015)
- Brian Tichy – drums (2013, 2014-2017)
- Jackie Barnes – drums (2015)
- Frank Ferrer – drums (2013)
- Charley Drayton – drums (2013)
- John Tempesta – drums (2014)
- Alex Carapetis – drums (2013)
- Clayton Doley – keyboards (2013)
- Live & Louder (2017)
- Locked and Loaded (2019)
- Man Overboard (2013)
- Face I Love (2014)
- "Lock 'n' Load" (2013)
- "Washington" (2013)
- "It's Gonna Take Time" (2014)
- "Face I Love" (2014)
- "Angel in Your Eyes" (2014)
- "Midnight Moses" (2015)
- "Mexico" (2015)
- "With You and I" (2015)
- "Something I Said" (2015)
- "Long Way to Go" (2016)
- "Make Some Noise" (2016)
- "Song and a Prayer" (2016)
- "With You and I (live)" (2017)
- "Rise Up" (2018) reached #36 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart
- "Dead and Gone" (2018)
- "Can't Take It With You" (2018)
- "Burn It Down" (2018)
- "Dead and Gone" swamp version (2019)
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