It was a cold and wet Saturday Evening when after a two hour drive I finally arrived in Shepherds Bush to meet the Dead Daisies and watch them support the fantastic ‘Black Star Riders’ on the second leg of a very long tour.
For those of you that don’t know, and seriously are you living under a rock? The Dead Daisies are a super -group composed of members of Guns N Roses, INXS and the Rolling Stones, who have just achieved (collectively) international acclaim for their self-titled album, an album which was actually given away free with Classic Rock Magazine, as well as the track ‘Lock N Load’ which vocalist Jon Stevens actually wrote with legendary ex Guns N Roses guitarist SLASH, who also features on the track .
The band took to the stage following support ‘Western Sand’, a band that I was unfamiliar previously but I really quite enjoyed. I don’t want to go into too much detail about ‘Western Sand’ as this is about ‘The Dead Daisies’ but like the Daisies and ‘Black Star Riders ‘, Western Sand’ encapsulate the whole 70’s and 80’s ‘classic’ rock sound that is experiencing a bit of a revival as of late. I really enjoyed these guys and I urge you all to check them out.
Kicking into ‘Its Gonna Take Time’ the band gave a killer performance to the obvious delight of the audience who were going wild from the onset , which is really not surprising as the Dead Daisies pulled off an amazing set, seemingly effortlessly, their stellar musicianship shining through on every song. This is a band that were born to be on stage and perform as a well oiled machine in that, their natural environment, from the enigmatic Jon Stevens bluesy vocals to Charley Drayton’s fantastic drumming, it’s hard to actually find a fault with the performance, except that perhaps at 40 minutes, the set was just a little bit too short.
I really enjoyed this gig and was seriously gutted not to see the headline act ‘Black Star Riders’, because of other commitments. I definitely recommend you check out the Dead Daisies live if you get a chance, especially if you’re a classic rock fan, they will blow your socks off and rock your world, which is what they do best. You will encounter these guys in time anyway though, as one thing I’m sure of, The Dead Daisies are going to be around for a long time to come, doing what they do best…..
For more information. Check out http://www.thedeaddaisies.com