International supergroup, The Dead Daisies, make their first visit to Sunderland for an engagement at the city’s newest music venue, The Point.

It was exactly two years to the day since The Dead Daisies last visit to the North East of England whilst they were touring with Black Star Riders. The band’s lineup has changed somewhat since that show with Marco Mendoza (bass), Brian Tichy (drums) and John Corabi (vocals) joining existing members Richard Fortus (guitars), Dizzy Reed (keys) and David Lowy (guitars). This is a band of rock and roll pedigree.

The Dead Daisies are currently on the road in support of their sophomore album Revolucion. The lion’s share of their latest offering is featured in the band’s set tonight including the likes of the hard rocking “Mexico,” “Evil” and “Something I Said,” which is a track built for radio airplay.

You might have thought with a band made up of rock royalty and having such a vast song book between them may include some of those hits in there set; that’s not the case this evening. However, instead the band chose to cover numbers by some of their favorite artists including “Sick As A Dog” by Aerosmith, “Alright Now” by Free, and “Hush” by Joe South featuring some superb keyboard work from Dizzy Reed.

John Corrabi commands the stage, whilst Richard Fortus has flare in abundance. Brian Tichy also gets his moment to shine with a stunning drum solo. The band delves into their back catalog with the superb “Lock ‘N’ Load” from their debut self titled album, before bringing their main set to a close with an incredible cover of “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles leaving the audience wanting more. Not wanting to disappoint anyone, the band return to the stage to finish the show with the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic, “Fortunate Son.”

This is a night the people of Sunderland will be talking about for a long time to come, a real ‘I was there’ show.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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