With the release of four studio albums inside of five years and a non-stop touring schedule, it’s fair to say that The Dead Daisies are one of the hardest working bands on the circuit right now. 

The band have witnessed a meteoric rise in a short period of time. Tonight the group kick off their current world tour in Scotland in front of a capacity crowd at The Garage in Glasgow. The anticipation is so high for the show that tickets have long since been sold out. Fans queue outside of the venue from early in the afternoon to secure their spot at the front. 

Hard rocking Scottish outfit The Amorettes kick off the proceedings early in the evening. The band released their new album Born To Break last week and as the trio hits the stage they open with the emphatic title track itself. As the album is still really fresh their short but sweet set only features a small taster of songs from the new record to whet the crowd’s appetite.

There’s plenty of room for old favourites showcasing their distinctive brand of no messing hard rock including the likes of “Let The Neighbours Call The Cops”, “White Russian Roulette” and “Bull By The Horns”.

The group closes out their 35 minute set with new single “Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock and Roll”. The song’s big crunchy riffs, pounding rhythm and catchy hooks have the crowd clapping and singing along. The Amorettes are a perfect fit for tonight’s bill and more than get the Glasgow audience fired up for the night ahead.

With just two years since the release of Make Some Noise, The Dead Daisies are back with a new lineup and a brand new album titled Burn It Down. The fact that every date on the band’s current UK run sold out long in advance of their arrival on this side of the pond is a testament to just how good this band really are.

As the dynamic five piece hits the stage they waste no time in showcasing their latest offering kicking off the set with both “Rise Up” and “Ressurection”. The immediate observation is that these songs are somewhat heavier than what we’ve come to expect from the group and this updated sound is certainly well received by the Glasgow faithful.

The Dead Daisies are packed full of talent, flair and rock star charisma. Frontman John Corabi prowls the edge of the stage, it feels like he really connects with the room, often singing directly to those fortunate enough to be on the front row.

Guitar slinger Doug Aldrich, who is known within the band as ‘The Golden Boy’, lights up the stage with his blistering fretwork all night long. Bass player Marco Mendoza and guitarist/founding member David Lowy hold down a formidable partnership in the rhythm section.

New boy Deen Castronovo of Journey rounds out the line-up and on the strength of tonight’s performance, it’s easy to understand why he was chosen to take over from Brian Tichy last year. Deen takes the spotlight mid-set during a hard-hitting drum solo.

Tonight’s show centres on Burn It Down with the band giving live debuts to six tracks from the record. This includes the likes of party song “Dead and Gone”, the groove-heavy “What Goes Around” and the power ballad “Set Me Free”.

Throughout the band’s discography, they’ve now assembled an arsenal of crowd-pleasing classic rock favourites. Of course, the likes of “Song and a Prayer”, “Make Some Noise” and “Long Way To Go” all feature in the set tonight.

As the Dead Daisies hurtle towards the end of their set the crowd are treated to a frantic rendition of “Mainline”, the incredibly infectious “Mexico” before the group close out their main set with their unmistakable take on the Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s “Midnight Moses”. The local significance of the aforementioned group makes this the perfect finale for a night in Glasgow. 

Following a brief interlude, the band returns to the stage and close out an incredible opening night of their UK tour with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son”.

Tonight The Dead Daisies take their Scottish fans to classic rock heaven. This band are the very definition of the term supergroup.

Whilst other acts of a similar stature enjoy short-term success before falling by the wayside with now four albums behind them the band have both the longevity and an ever-growing legion of dedicated fans behind them to guarantee their ongoing success.

It’s unlikely that The Dead Daisies will be playing venues of this intimate nature for much longer, an inevitable arena tour beckons – catch them whilst you can.

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Event Date: 08-April-2018

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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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