THE DEAD DAISIES – Locked And Loaded (2019)
Classic Rock super-group THE DEAD DAISIES are releasing tomorrow their new album “Locked And Loaded”, featuring their own versions of songs originally recorded by artists including The Who, The Beatles, Deep Purple, Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grand Funk Railroad and more.
Frontman John Corabi says: “This is a tip of the hat to our heroes – bands that influenced us when we used to buy their records as teenagers. Now we’ve put them all on one album and it seriously rocks! You may think of us as ‘rock stars’ but at the end of the day we’re just huge music fans!”
Guitarist Doug Aldrich adds: “Playing these songs is a total adrenaline rush for all of us. Our audiences go nuts with our ‘Daisified’ versions of these songs that come from an incredible time in music. It’s our way of paying homage to the greats of rock.”
Joining the core Dead Daisies lineup which also includes guitarist David Lowy, bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Deen Castronovo, are guests Jackie Barnes, Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed, Jon Stevens and Brian Tichy.
The latest offering from this awesome collection of musicians sees a carefully curated selection of cover tracks, both studio recorded and live but all given that Dead Daisies treatment.
Selecting both genuine classic tracks along with songs that just made the band feel good, this 10 selection is guaranteed to get the toes tapping and trigger some wonderful memories whilst the legends put their own spin on the festivities.
Opening up with ‘Midnight Moses’ which was originally released in 1969 by Alex Harvey and having been in the bands setlist since 2015, the Daisies inject some southern filth into the track before we head to ‘Evil’ from 1954 when it was called ‘Evil Is Going On’ and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf. ‘Evil’ is a simple yet engaging track that the band just sound like they had a lot of fun recording and is a cert to get the whisky flowing.
Creedence Clearwater track ‘Fortunate Son’ is up next to get the filth treatment as the 1969 favourite blasts out and finds some additional grit as you sing along and the toes are certainly tapping by now before we ‘Join Together’ in 1972 The Who release.
We then fly through ‘Helter Skelter’ from The Beatles White Album before ‘Bitch’ by the Rolling Stones and a live rendition of ‘American Band’ by Grand Funk Railroad, before heading back to the studio with ‘Revolution’ which was the B-side to ‘Hey Jude’ and then two live tracks in ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ by Neil Young and then ‘Highway Star’ by Deep Purple as this fantastic selection of tracks come to a close.
The influence of all previous and current members of The Dead Daisies can be heard in this album, along with those members themselves as this selection has been recorded throughout the band’s existence and combined now to create this special album.
The covers do not try to be better than the originals, they are true to those who created them whilst also putting that special Dead Daisies sauce all over it and creating some special and a lot of fun to sing along, air guitar, air drum and generally just rock out to.
There is only one way this album can be listened to and that is press play and turn it up to 11.
01. Midnight moses (Alex Harvey cover)
02. Evil (Howlin Wolf cover )
03. Fortunate son (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
04. Join together (The Who cover)
05. Helter skelter (The Beatles cover)
06. Bitch (Rolling Stones cover)
07. American band (Grand Funk Railroad cover)
08. Revolution (The Beatles cover)
09. Rockin’ in the free world (Neil Young cover)
10. Highway star (Deep Purple cover)
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe / The Scream)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake / Dio)
Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy / Whitesnake)
Deen Castronovo (Journey / Bad English)
David Lowy (Red Phoenix / Mink)