Formed around the nucleus of Australians Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix/Mink), the powerful musical collective is completed by a line-up that speaks volumes. They include, Charley Drayton (The X-pensive Winos/The Cult), Richard Fortus (Guns ‘N’ Roses/Thin Lizzy), Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) and Dizzy Reed (Guns ‘N’ Roses).
The Dead Daisies sound is created around the tracks written by Stevens & Lowy which is based on the music they both love – classic late ‘70s early ‘80s hard rock, in that soulful Bad Company meets Foreigner via The Faces kind of vibe – big choruses, powerful melodies, and strong hooks. Recorded with LA-based engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist John Fields, The Dead Daises finished recording their debut album in just two intensely creative weeks.
The fun began in earnest when The Dead Daisies were invited to open for ZZ Top in Southport, Queensland and Sydney in March 2013, and started to heat up when they joined legendary American rockers, Aerosmith, on their first Australasian tour in 23 years. But things really caught fire with The Dead Daisies’ invitation to be a part of the massive 25-date Rockstar Uproar Festival through the US and Canada in August/September, where they have joined Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction and Coheed & Cambria among others.
Their forthcoming single “Lock ‘N’ Load” featuring Slash is trademark Dead Daisies. The track was co-written by, and features the inimitable guitar tone of the legendary Slash. Rolling Stone have already name checked the track on their Daily Download, and it has been getting strong praise on US rock radio, being featured on both Alice Cooper’s and Nikki Sixx’s extremely popular nationally syndicated radio programs. On releasing their single now to UK audiences, Lowy had this to say, “The hard rock culture in Britain is so strong and there is so much history to live up to, it’s truly amazing. We’re looking forward to playing to a new audience in the UK and hopefully, some new fans.”
Jon Stevens has also just contributed the title track; “Fly”, to the animated Disney movie “Planes” released in the UK on August 16th and was the number one film for that weekend at the UK and Ireland box offices.
The Dead Daisies will be touring the UK as special guests to Black Star Riders. The Dead Daisies lead guitarist and Thin Lizzy alum Fortus said this about the forthcoming tour, “I’m really looking forward to touring with my old band mates in the Black Star Riders!”
On embarking to the UK, lead singer Jon Stevens perhaps sums it up best, “What a way to finish off the year! The Dead Daisies first tour through the UK with Black Star Riders is going to be one hell of a rocking tour…”
The fire that The Dead Daisies started half a year ago continues to grow larger, burning hotter and spreading faster…
Black Star Riders dates are as below:
Friday 22nd Nov O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Saturday 23rd Nov O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Monday 25th Nov O2 Academy, Bristol
Tuesday 26th Nov Junction, Cambridge
Wednesday 27th Nov UEA, Norwich
Saturday 30th Nov Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
Sunday 1st Dec Solus/University, Cardiff
Monday 2nd Dec O2 Academy, Oxford
Tuesday 3rd Dec O2 Academy, Liverpool
Thursday 5th Dec Ironworks, Inverness
Friday 6th Dec Picturehouse, Edinburgh
Saturday 7th Dec O2 Academy, Newcastle
Sunday 8th Dec O2 Academy, Leeds
Tuesday 10th Dec The Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa
Thursday 12th Dec Rock City, Nottingham
Friday 13th Dec Ritz, Manchester
Saturday 14th Dec Academy, Dublin, EIRE
Sunday 15th Dec Limelight, Belfast
Tickets for headline shows are priced 22.50GBP / 25.00 GBP London (subject to booking fees) – Dublin is E25. Tickets are available through all normal outlets…
The bands debut album “The Dead Daisies” will be released early 2014!