The Dead Daisies – Classic Grand, Glasgow – 13/11/16

the-dead-daisies-3rd-mile-photography-gareth-fraser-299It is a little over two weeks now since I saw The Dead Daisies in Glasgow, in what would’ve been at the start of their European tour.

The reason that so much time has passed between the show and you being able to read this now is that every time I’ve sat down to write this review I’ve found myself being overly gushy and full of superlatives describing how good the band / gig / sound / set list was on the night.

So here I am, sitting weeks later than when this should’ve been published, attempting to write about the show. But the truth is I can’t say anything other than they were amazing. That I loved the entire evening’s throwback to classic rock from a group of musicians who are credible, wear their hearts on their sleeves, and have the rock pedigree and credentials to back up the swagger.

If you don’t know them, the The Dead Daisies are a collective; a rock band made up of (an often changing collection of) members of other rock bands. Bands, who in themselves have produced some great music over the years. Bands like Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe, Dio, Thin Lizzy, The Scream, Guns N’ Roses and more. The current touring line up consists of John Corabi, Doug Aldrich, Brian Tichy, Marco Mendoza, and David Lowy.

Given their history it will come as no surprise that they can play. And boy, I mean play! The musicianship on display from each member is only equalled by the person standing next to them. This made it refreshing to watch classic rock played straight in 2016, with a sold out crowd lapping up every minute. There is no cliché, no set piece, no gimmick, just brilliance.

If you haven’t heard their music go check out their albums – they’re great – but the albums pale beside the band’s live show. If you haven’t seen them live then you need to.

Gareth Fraser

Editor of Musicscramble. Obsessed with music from a young age leading to over 1100 gigs under his belt with little sign of slowing down. A serious record collecting habit and a love of concert photography.

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