The Dead Daisies / The Amorettes Hot
Written by Central Electronic Brain     April 18, 2018    
0.0 (0)
5403   0   1   0   0   0

The Dead Daisies / The Amorettes - O2 Academy 2, Manchester (UK) - 12 April 2018

Opening with 'Born To Break', The Amorettes hit the stage to an already packed Academy 2. This is my second time seeing the all-girl trio from Glasgow and I have to say that I'm a little ambivalent to their sound; it's pleasant enough, although too raw for my tastes, particularly Gill Montgomery's vocals. She's certainly an accomplished guitarist and sisters Heather and Hannah McKay ably support her on bass and drums respectively. One of my friends maybe being a little unkind in saying that they possess only one song – 'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' – however, I can understand where he's coming from. That said, I do like their second offering, the more commercial 'Everything I Learned, I Learned From Rock 'N' Roll', which is quite a catchy little number. Their eight-song set concludes with the sing-along that is 'Hot And Heavy'. The crowd reaction is relatively positive, but I don't think I am alone in my inconclusiveness.

the amorettes live 1

There was definitely no ambivalence towards The Dead Daisies as they hit the stage to a rapturous reception. They kick off with the opening numbers from their latest album 'Burn It Down', albeit in reverse order. Next up is 'Make Some Noise' which is the Daisies equivalent of Kiss' 'God Of Thunder' and is made for the live arena. Indeed, most of their songs are just elevated to whole different level in the live environment; none more so than 'Song And A Prayer' that sees the Academy rocking like there is no tomorrow. The sound, like on their recent albums, is phenomenal and the great mix further bolsters it. This is my first time seeing John Corabi live and I am mightily impressed by his vocals as well as his stage presence. I had expected him to hog the limelight, but he is very generous as are all the members of the band; no superstar egos on show here.

the dead daisies live 1

'The Last Time I Saw The Sun' is very apt for the cold Manchester evening, although it's like a cauldron inside the Academy 2. Corabi mentions the awful UK weather, which turns out to be the perfect cue for crowd-favourite 'Mexico' (from 2015's 'Revolucion' album).

the dead daisies live 2

David Lowy must have to keep on pinching himself when he looks across and sees the other musicians alongside him on the stage. Come on and admit it, we would all do the same if we had the opportunity?

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

Don't get me wrong, this is as tight a band as you're likely to see and they genuinely look to be really enjoying themselves night after night; the audience would not respond in the way they do if this was not the case.

the dead daisies live 3

The Dead Daisies have a novel and cool way of introducing the band members to the crowd. As they present each individual member, the band break into a snippet of a Classic Rock song; New boy and drummer Deen Castronovo to Kiss' 'Rock 'N' Roll All Night (Party Every Day)', original founding member and rhythm guitarist David Lowy to AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell', bassist Marco Mendoza to Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town', lead guitarist Doug Aldrich to Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and lead singer John Corabi to Black Sabbath's 'Heaven & Hell'. The capacity crowd duly join in and take the proverbial roof off the venue.

the dead daisies live 4

Along with the aforementioned songs, there are full-length covers of The Rolling Stones' 'Bitch' (featuring a fragment of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'), The Sensational Alex Harvey Band's 'Midnight Moses' which closed the main set (and a song that The Daisies have almost made their own); and the final encore of The Beatles' classic 'Helter Skelter' (featured as a bonus track on 2016's 'Make Some Noise' opus).

The first encore song is 'Judgement Day' which begins and ends with an Aldrich solo and, if I'm not mistaken contains a short snippet of the Coverdale/Page classic 'Shake My Tree'.

the dead daisies live 5

This was an old-school Rock 'n' Roll show, the likes of which I regularly attended in the eighties, however, this evening the sound was infinitely superior to that heard three decades ago. It was also great to see a mix of ages attending and ultimately enjoying the show. I'm pleased that I went to see The Dead Daisies this evening as I'm sure that they will be playing much larger venues the next time around. Corabi and Aldrich could be the next Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as this felt like what it must have been like seeing Aerosmith in the early days? What is for certain is that Classis Rock is alive and kicking in 2018, and The Dead Daisies are at the vanguard!

Review and photos by Mark Donnelly

the dead daisies live 6

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

Powered by JReviews

Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  May 2022  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 3 weeks ago
  • Berny : @bpomper: Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • bpomper : if i bought the hard copy can i also download and if so how
  • bpomper : im checking to make sure my fireworks #98 was sent out transaction ending in 1241
  • Berny : @all: The download version of Fireworks #98 is available!
  • Berny : @RobC68: We really seem to share a love & hate relationship, right? ;) Pls. check your mail.
  • RobC68 : still waiting for download version of #98 to be available.....pathetic service
  • Berny : @iangreenfiel: The magazine is available in a number of WH Smith branches. Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? I will then send you the latest list of participating stores.
  • iangreenfiel : Can issue 97 only be ordered online? I've tried several branches of WHSmith and had no luck
  • Berny : @vialli999: I've just talked to the guys at Fireworks HQ, unfortunately, the print copy of #90 is no longer available. Sorry! :(
  • vialli999 : forget that last comment i found it....der
  • vialli999 : sorry but i must be really stupid how do i take out a subscription ?
  • vialli999 : I have the download i want a paper copy cheers tel
  • Berny : @vialli999: You get issue 90 from our download store. Would you like to purchase a physical copy?
  • Berny : You can pre - order FIREWORKS MAGAZINE #97 now!
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site