The Dead Daisies Captivate Dallas

8/23/17
Gas Monkey Bar ‘n Grill 
Dallas, TX 

By Ronnie Jackson

If you were in need of a midweek adrenaline fix, then Gas Monkey Bar and Grill in Dallas Texas was the place to be on this Wednesday night.   The Dead Daisies were in town and wow, what a stellar performance.  This “supergroup” of musicians rocked this venue as if it were a packed full sized arena, but offered an up close, intimate, and personal experience for all the fans in attendance.

If The Dead Daisies are new to you, the current lineup consists of David Lowy (Founding Guitarist), Marco Mendoza (Bass), Brian Tichy (Drums), Doug Aldrich(Guitar) and John Corabi (Lead Vocals).  Big names in rock and roll and masters of their craft that have played in bands like Whitesnake, Mink, Thin Lizzy, Motley Crue and more.  Since forming in 2012, they already have 4 albums and 2 EP’s in the catalog.

The set started promptly at 9:30, and for the next 105 minutes, it was game on for everyone involved.  Corabi has a presence of his own on stage that is very charismatic, engaging, and entertaining.  It feels like he is playing to a huge group of his lifelong best friends and you are one of them.  The chemistry with the rest of the band is exactly the same.  They truly enjoy what they are doing and want you to be as much of a part of it as possible.  I’m not sure if they were entertaining us, or we were entertaining them.  These guys get it and it definitely resonates with their fans.

With a 15-song set and all the crowd interaction and participation, they each still found time to perform a solo.  Comprised of short outtakes of classic riffs and songs, each of them showcased their individual talents.  Brian Tichy’s drum solo was probably the most interesting of the night.  At one point, he played his entire monstrous kit with nothing but his bare hands as if they were drumsticks.  He also bounced what must have been a box worth of sticks off the toms into the air as if he was juggling them.  And if that wasn’t enough, he broke out a set of drumstick nunchaku’s and proceeded to play in a Bruce Lee fashion.  Very impressive.

This was definitely one of the best performances I have seen in quite some time.  I would highly recommend you catch their show when it comes to your town.  I promise, you will not be disappointed.
Setlist

  1. Long Way to Go
  2. Mexico
  3. Make Some Noise
  4. Song and a Prayer
  5. Fortunate Son
  6. We All Fall Down
  7. Last Time I Saw the Sun
  8. Drum Solo
  9. Join Together
  10. All The Same
  11. With You and I
  12. Band Intros
  13. Mainline
  14. Devil Out of Time
  15. Helter Skelter

———-Encore————–

  1. American Band
  2. Midnight Moses

Photos by Ronnie Jackson