The Dead Daisies at Arcada Theatre
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL USA – August 10, 2017
Review by Jake Warkel
The Dead Daisies were formed by Jon Stevens and David Lowy in 2012 which has seen its revolving door of many talented musicians. John Corabi was hired in 2015 to replace founding member Jon Stevens as lead vocalist.
In January 2016 it was announced that Richard Fortus (2013–2016) and Dizzy Reed (2013–2016) would be taking part in the Guns N’ Roses “Not in This Lifetime” Tour which caused their decision to leave the Dead Daisies and replacing Richard Fortus on guitar is current guitarist Doug Aldrich. June and July were successful months for The Dead Daisies who played overseas at major festivals and a couple sold out Japan dates as well as a sellout in Mexico City. I hope the success will continue on this month and beyond for The Dead Daisies being back in the states.
The Dead Daisies arrive from just playing for a crazy packed crowd from the night before over at The Full Throttle Saloon out in Sturgis S.D now here at the Arcada Theatre in St Charles IL ready to kick some ass. The crowd is starting to fill the venue and is definitely excited to see The Dead Daisies perform tonight. The lights are down now with the intro song “Whole Lotta Love/Warpigs mashup playing as the band appears with energy out the gate with “Long Way to Go” and the crowd is buzzing. John Corabi looks comfortable and in charge just like any other time I’ve seen him onstage, no matter who Corabi is playing with he owns the stage. Next is “Mexico” which is a definite tune that represents an 80’s vibe. Event song is what I refer to “Make Some Noise” because it has that feel that if I’m at a sporting event I hear this being played.
Marco Mendoza and Brian Tichy are solid with the rhythm section very tight. “Song and a Prayer” is one of my tunes that I dig and Doug Aldrich’s solo in that just kills. These guys do like playing their cover songs as well in the set and “Fortunate Son” by CCR was the first cover on the night and Corabi’s vocals are just powerful and sound amazing on that song. “We all fall Down” not one of my faves but it has its moments glad to see a band play new songs regardless much respect. The next song was a great tune that sounded great Aldrich and Corabi brings the feel to you on this tune. The crowd felt this song and really enjoyed it. “Last Time I Saw The Sun” Sounded great live, hell so far it all has sounded great. If you like Rock N Roll that’s what you get with these guys no bones about it definitely a must catch to see live.
Brian Tichy’s drum solo I enjoyed and not all drum solos are cool to see or watch but certain drummers deserve drum solos and Tichy is one of them. The last time I saw Brian Tichy was when he was playing with Lynch Mob and Brian kicked ass then as well, Brian is just a great talent behind the drums and needs more recognition. Brian’s stick less drum solo and just playing with his hands was a sight to see as he was beating the hell out of the drums and was just pure awesomeness.
From “Make Some Noise” album The Who’s song “Join Together” was the next cover thrown in the set which was not a bad performance but was a song used to get crowd participation going and getting the crowd riled up, then another song from the album “All the Same” was next. “With You and I” was more of the same just solid playing. As the band is introducing other members one by one they performed a bit of each of these songs “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / La Bamba / Black Night / Run To The Hills / Heaven and Hell” it was pretty cool the way they done that. Speeding things up a bit is “Mainline” that just drives with upbeat tempo that just has what this band may need more of. “Devil Out Of Time” was tight just as like their whole set tonight. David Lowy just was all over the stage tonight hamming it up for the cameras and interacting with the fans throughout the whole show. Guitar picks have been flying so far all night for the fans to have a memory to bring home with them. The Dead Daisies version of “Helter Skelter” was awesome to hear, but the song that seems to always get people going no matter where and when is “American Band” these fans loved every minute of this song tonight all the way down to the last song on the night “Midnight Moses”. The Dead Daisies definitely are showman as they keep the crowd into it, from stage presence to interacting with the audience. Tonight was bad ass.
The Dead Daisies sound has a classic late ‘70s to early ‘80s hard rock vibe catchy songs, big choruses, powerful melodies and great hooks. I’m definitely recommending The Dead Daisies as a concert to check out if you have a chance to do so with so many talented musicians and their stage presence with big tunes that will kick your ass. Also if you can do the meet and greet you won’t be disappointed as you can get your autographs you may want and some photos with the band members. The band was more than generous to the fans tonight making them happy.
(My rant) My biggest problem was days prior to the show when mentioning The Dead Daisies are coming to town and people are like who is that I never heard of them who’s in the band? Seriously I know promotion is tough and getting the word out is still tough even though we as society have many ways through social media to get the word out but if you are not connected to certain links or groups you miss out on possible bands or concerts or whatever it may be you lose out but the biggest loser is the artist as well. So for any of you out there please go to your twitter, Facebook whatever it may be and follow online music mags, groups anything music and you may be surprised what you may be missing.
Current Band Line Up:
- David Lowy– rhythm guitar (2012–present)Marco Mendoza– bass (2013, 2014–present)
- Brian Tichy– drums (2013, 2014, 2015–present)
- John Corabi– lead vocals (2015–present)
- Doug Aldrich- lead guitar (2016–present)
- Long Way to Go
- Make Some Noise
- Song and a Prayer
- Fortunate Son
- We All Fall Down
- Last Time I Saw the Sun
- Drum Solo
- Join Together
- All the Same
- With You and I
- Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / La Bamba / Black Night / Run To The Hills / Heaven and Hell
- Devil Out of Time
- American band
- Midnight Moses