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The Dead Daisies / The Amorettes - Picturedrome, Holmfirth (UK) - 27 August 2018

The three-piece, all-girl band The Amorettes supported The Dead Daisies on their previous tour of these shores back in April. Then, they put in a creditable performance, but in my humble opinion, failed to win over the entire crowd. Tonight, however, they seemed to exude a lot more self-assurance, particularly lead guitarist and vocalist Gill Montgomery, who interacted with confidence, which conveyed itself nicely to the enthusiastic Holmfirth crowd. Highlights of their set were the singles 'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops', the ridiculously catchy 'Everything I Learned, I Learnt From Rock 'N' Roll' and latest single 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night', which they were impressed had been played on Radio Two.

I thought this was going to be one of the hottest gigs of the year. In terms of performance, it was certainly up there, however, the air conditioning did its job and I positioned myself not far from an open door which provided a welcome, frequent breeze throughout the show. The Picturedrome was crammed to the rafters with a buzz of anticipation as Doug Aldrich took to the stage, and in classic Rock Star pose, he strummed out the opening chords to 'Resurrection', soon to be joined by the rest of the band; The Daisies hit the stage with all cylinders firing. With the pedal fully to the metal, they proceeded with 'Rise Up' and 'Make Some Noise', which the Holmfirth crowd certainly did. The Picturedrome is an exceptional venue and tonight the atmosphere was extra special. I would like to say that was solely due to the Yorkshire crowd, but I think the close proximity to Lancashire made this a joint effort from the fans from the Roses' counties, plus a few interlopers, like my good self.


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As is usual for this venue, the sound was excellent as The Daisies continued to rip through their well-rehearsed set. John Corabi interacted with the crowd in between each song and he immediately picked up on the tremendous reaction the band received. This is a group full of Rock Stars, yet there are no egos and all of them were happy to share the limelight.

The excellent new album 'Burn It Down' (see my review in Fireworks #82) got some heavy play, but it was the songs from 2015's 'Revolucion' and 2016's 'Make Some Noise', which garnered the loudest reactions; 'Mexico', 'With You And I', 'The Last Time I Saw The Sun', 'Devil Out Of Time' and 'Song And A Prayer' had the already partisan crowd going wild!


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Sometimes, I feel acoustic sections in a show are a bit of a cop-out, however, tonight's was both a bonus and welcome respite in equal measure. After a brief drum solo by Journey-man Deen Castronovo, the entire band came to the front of the stage to run through acoustic versions of 'Set Me Free', The Beatles' 'Let It Be' (which Corabi described as one of their finest) and a stunning version of Rod Stewart's 'Maggie May' where drummer Castronovo provided the stellar lead vocals, for which he received a deserved, fantastic ovation.


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At the conclusion of 'Angel In Your Eyes', the band members were introduced to the audience in traditional Daisies' style – drummer Castronovo to Kiss' 'Rock 'N' Roll All Night (And 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 Aldrich to Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and lead singer Corabi to Black Sabbath's 'Heaven & Hell'. The capacity crowd duly joined in and took the proverbial roof off the venue.

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Normally, another pet-hate of mine is the over use of cover versions in a set, however, with The Dead Daisies, this is an integral part of their show, which generally enhances the enjoyment as opposed to detracting. The main set included Creedance Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son', The Rolling Stones' 'Bitch' and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band's 'Midnight Moses'. Each of these songs were given the full Daisies' treatment and they were arguably as good, if not better, than the originals.


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The splendid 'Long Way To Go' brought the main set to a thunderous conclusion, and the band briefly left the stage after nearly two hours from first taking it. Unsurprisingly, they returned for an encore. First up was 'Leave Me Alone', one of the highlights of the latest album and a song I was disappointed they omitted from their set three months earlier; the song also included a snippet of the Led Zeppelin classic 'Nobody's Fault But Mine'. We were then treated to a full-blown version of the Deep Purple classic 'Highway Star' which found Aldrich in his element. There were grown, middle-aged men and women, all around going wild; I suspect their children, grandchildren and work colleagues would have probably raised their eyebrows in disbelief, but regular concert-goers will know the power of music when it's this good.


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I said earlier in the review that this performance was a bit special and the band realised that too and returned for a second encore which consisted of a rip-rousing cover of The Beatles' 'Helter Skelter'.

Three months ago, I stated that with The Dead Daisies, Classic Rock was alive and kicking! Tonight's performance just enhanced that statement further. The Daisies may be Dead, but their music certainly is not – long live Rock 'n' Roll!

Mark Donnelly

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