ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED JOSE SANCHEZ
BURN IT DOWN TRACK-LISTING
2. Rise Up
3. Burn It Down
4. Judgement Day
5. What Goes Around
7. Set Me Free
8. Dead And Gone
9. Can’t Take It With You
10. Leave Me Alone
Reviewed by Casper of Rohan
Resurrected opens proceedings brilliantly with a few instrumental slaps across the face to command your attention and fortunately we like our rock rough and ready so a merely a love tap for daisies fans, but what is communicated from the outset is that Burn It Down is a big burly bruiser and melodic heavy hitter set to pound us like never before. Big fat and powerful riffage, rhythm and percussive punch all accompanied by lyrics and vocal delivery that will have your chest inflated and strutting about in righteous accompaniment. C’mon fellow phoenix, lets celebrate with The Dead Daisies. This is the type of rock that brings goosebumps to the surface and sees you skipping a breath or two in excited glee. Oh yes, your The Dead Daisies instinct is on high alert…this album is going to be a stomper.
Rise Up has been released early and although creating waves of celebration, is even more exciting in sequence in-situ because it reinforces that the first was not a fluke of splendiferous fortune but planned and perfectly executed opener leading to a subsequent step up even higher and already soaring. I can not wait to hear how much of this amazing track so chock full of raw and organic instrumental effect was improvised in studio. This track is a splendid example of how each band member, with the guidance and expertise of Marti are each an equal contributor to the triumphant sound that is achieved on this collection. Marco is the groove jewel in the crown of this sensational track and testament as to why Marco is so accomplished and only his rhythmic mastery will do for the daisies.
The title track Burn It Down opens as a bass heavy, bluesy beast before John provides vocal credence as to why he one of the finest rock vocalists of all time. Just when you think you are settle in for a change of pace from the previous two offerings, Doug beautifully instills a sense of urgency and impending lift-off before hitting us an Angus-esque bridge that AC/DC would be proud to call their own and then, a powerful chorus carries us off. This track is, to me at least, evidence of the creative edge that the arrival of John afforded Revolucion and remains reminiscent of that sound, but now adorned with the unrestrained skills of each performer, blasting this collection into the stratosphere. At finale, just assemble all the vintage masters and let them jam, this is exactly the sound achieved. This track gives an insight as to why Doug Aldrich is often referred to as the Golden God and is without doubt, one of the finest and most revered rock guitarists in the world. Just amazing.
Judgement Day is ushered in with a very particular and solemn acoustic reverence and this mood is constant throughout but as I reflect on comments offered in review of previous The Dead Daisies albums, comments along the lines of knocking listeners socks off prompt me to offer words of caution. Be careful where you play this track because if previous albums did knock items of clothing off, you will be standing butt naked after this. This song is a work of utter genius transforming a superior example of blues infused southern rock, complete with harmonica into a pounding rock anthem of gargantuan appeal. No need for bait throughout this unbelievable track, there an irresistible hook for everyone here. The lyrics, the vocals, the guitars, the drums, the bass, this entire track just keeps reverberation though your very being. Unbelievable.
What Goes Around is when the importance of efficient and appealing sequencing truly comes to the fore, because just when you thought you couldn’t possibly move of from the Judgement Day, this song grabs you by the scruff of the neck and marches you onward with is melodic magnificence. Marches? More like struts right beside you with all the swagger of a righteous rock classic, but with riffage and solos that will have you screwing up your face, pursing your lips, squinting your eyes and clenching your arse tighter than a drum while pushing our air guitar accompaniment. But just when you thought this collection could not get more exciting and you find yourself staggering about grasping for solid support, sweating at the brow, trying desperately to draw breath enough to utter in James Brown style ‘can’t go on….can’t go on’, Bitch picks you up and hurls you skyward one again and although, undoubtedly hypoxic you cant help but grin in bewildered glee. The Dead Daisies always cover the work of masters and influences in keeping with their own rock heritage, and that is now a well established tradition on The Dead Daisies albums.
I seldom lapse into the vernacular but its at this point, listening to how The Dead Daisies celebrate the track from The Rolling Stones, I find myself compelled to pen my first reaction which was very simply, “oh fuck right off…how much gooder can gooderer get and what’s a word more that carries more awesome than FUCK? ”.
I sincerely apologise for that unseemly outburst and hope I cause no offence or upset. Just be further warned…don’t listen to this album for the first time in polite company. I think your reaction will be reasonably close to mine. FUCK, FUCK, FUCK…FUCKFUCKFUUUUUCK.
Now it is quite obvious that the band know exactly what they have created and Marti knows that we best give folks a chance to come down for a rest, lest someone drop off the perch and so Set Me Free provides a chance to regain some composure. A beautiful track that yet again is demonstrative of each protagonist’s experience and knowledge of rock appeal. You will find yourself putting this gem on repeat to lift you from those melancholic moods and even if he or she dumped you, this one will serve as your crutch and we all know that you are the cool one and need your freedom from their constraints. We know you are the cool one who did the dumping and needed their freedom, because you own this album, right? But don’t get too bombastic just yet because just when you think you’re in control, a Hendrix style reverb, akin to the beginning of Foxy Lady grabs you with its irresistible allure and Dead And Gone seats you in the catapult yet again. You feel yourself being drawn backwards yet again and prepare yourself for the unbelievably exciting release, launched again into the might of the track, soaring with each lick, each beat each strum, thump and riff. This is something else entirely.
Can’t Take It With You is in keeping with all that preceded in raw ferocity, right down to the screeching and distortion paving its way into your life, but it also lacks nothing in the melody department. As I ponder spending it all on Les Pauls and fun times, just getting perfectly established in the thrilling beat, timing and adornment of riffage, the collection closer arrives and provides the perfect finale. That may seem a contradiction in terms but Leave Me Alone sinks the hook firmly in your cheek one final time and guarantees that you will be straight back to the beginning of the album, thereby avoiding any finale at all. Wow.
It is difficult to summarise an extraordinary album of this magnitude and a temptation presents to attempt assembly of a gaggle of descriptors in attempt to represent the sound within. Rock music is a state of mind, coupled with a particular attitude borne of a rebellious spirit and a sound that establishes a metaphysical connection with your very being, allowing every emotion to be drawn forth and celebrated in its own right. It is also what The Dead Daisies do, and this is the heaviest album they have produced to date.
Marti Frederiksen has helped each member of The Dead Daisies challenge themselves as musicians and truly explore their phenomenal capabilities. Each of the band members carry a vast chunk of contemporary rock history with their every step and it would be simple for them to create a great rock album just as simply as I draw breath, but that would not be the work of masters. This would not satisfy these sensational musicians and Marti is known for extracting from a group their true capabilities. Establishing where a band are currently and where they can establish their next plane of existence. These musicians are all incredibly skilled, but they have produced something beyond mere ability.
Perhaps there are additional dimensions to the personalities of these remarkable musicians, even elements that escape their own conscious attention. Maybe there has been a catharsis for one or more members or an additional source of energy and exuberance brought by others. Perhaps second chances or just having fun? Perhaps this is what David has envisioned all along. Maybe the planets have aligned in a specific and special configuration or it rained just the right way in 2017. Who really knows what has happened so precisely? Perhaps not even Marti, but this is not a case of ‘this band member who used to play for’, or ‘that person who used to do this and that’. This is The Dead Daisies and they have together tapped a well of rock brilliance. A line in the sands of time and a chapter in the annals of rock history has been firmly established with Burn It Down. This is masters at work and together they have created a masterwork of rock magnificence.
But hold on to your hats because the lads will be taking Burn It Down on the road very soon and we can expect a huge response. A celebration and tour run like the world has seldom seen. Its fortunate these people are all so experienced and skilled to take on such a challenge.
Now I finish by offering a word of personal experience over a few years with these guys, but never enough to breach the bonds of trust. John, I’m not sure that Doug is fifteen years older than you and I’m not certain that Marco is an introvert. Doug, I don’t know if John is disappointed that he did not work with you earlier in his career or not, but I’m sure we can all agree that one coffee a day is plenty for Deen. With all jest aside, these are just genuine and quite humble and purveyors of joy through music, one and all appreciative of what they can do for a living. They just do what they do and leave nothing unspent when performing their craft, but in speaking with each band member in turn, there is an air of special excitement.
Models of humility they may very well be, but they are each also of tremendous musical experience and knowledge. They experienced how naturally this album came together and I suspect they know what they have created. I’m not sure how they can contain their excitement, but I’m eternally grateful that I do not have to follow in kind. Burn It Down is a masterclass in rock brilliance, sure to be the pride of collections the world over. The kind of album that you truly feel privileged and blessed to have experienced early, but uneasy with excitement waiting for the rest of the world to hear it too.
Bravura gentlemen. Bravo.
You can pre-order Burn It Down here: https://thedeaddaisies.lnk.to/BurnItDown
A mere 3 weeks away before BURN IT DOWN is unleashed on the unsuspecting masses. We spoke to axe weilding master DOUG ALDRICH about the process, new faces and touring life.
“BURN IT DOWN” is a muscular tour-de-force, a tornado of pounding drums, pulverizing bass, screaming guitars and in-your-face raw vocals. Evoking the best of 70s Rock, with moments of Birmingham’s finest, blended with the early works of Boston’s best, “Burn It Down” will do just that: Burn down everything in its path until there is nothing left standing.
Recorded in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen at the helm, the band finished their 4th studio album “Burn It Down” in December, with Anthony Fox once again handling the mix and mastering legend Howie Weinberg adding his magic.
John Corabi about the new record:
“I’m extremely excited about our new record “BURN IT DOWN”! It was a pleasure to once again work with Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record!!! Enjoy it, and see you all on our massive 2018 world tour!!!! Peace, Crabby”
Doug Aldrich puts it quite simply, yet to the point: “The new Daisies album will melt your face! It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!”
With the band eager to get on the road and in true Daisies’ fashion, the band announced the first of many BURN IT DOWN TOUR dates slated for 2018 right before Christmas with fans turning out in droves at the on-sale date. Many more dates are to be announced including the band’s highly anticipated return to Japan, North America, Mexico and South America!
With Deen joining the bands line-up to record the new Album, The Dead Daisies are: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).
One thing is for certain: within a short amount of time, The Dead Daisies have made a massive impression
on the rock scene and managed to garner the one thing that every band desires but only so few ever have: HARD CORE FANS! They love the Daisies and the Daisies love them back!
THE DEAD DAISIES — BURN IT DOWN
Burn It Down
What Goes Around
Set Me Free
Dead And Gone
Can’t Take It With You
Leave Me Alone
THE DEAD DAISIES — BURN IT DOWN
will be released in the following formats:
• DigiPak CD with 12-page booklet and poster
• Gatefold Colored Vinyl with printed inner sleeves, 4-page poster booklet
and Audio CD in paper sleeve
• Picture Disk Vinyl in Gatefold Sleeve
• Digital Download & Streaming
THE DEAD DAISIES
BURN IT DOWN WORLD TOUR
UK & EUROPE
UK (with special guests THE TREATMENT* & THE AMORETTES)
Sunday 8th Garage Glasgow, UK
Monday 9th Robin 2 Bilston, UK
Tuesday 10th Koko London, UK *
Thursday 12th Academy 2 Manchester, UK
Friday 13th Rock City Nottingham, UK *
Saturday 14th Academy Bristol, UK *
EUROPE (with special guests THE NEW ROSES)
Monday 16th 013 Tilburg, NET
Tuesday 17th Biebob Vosselaar, BEL
Wednesday 18th Markthalle Hamburg, GER
Friday 20th Sticky Fingers Gothenburg, SWE
Saturday 21st Parkteateret Oslo, NOR
Sunday 22nd Klubben Stockholm, SWE
Tuesday 24th Pumpehuset Copenhagen, DEN
Wednesday 25th Rosenhof Osnabrueck, GER
Thursday 26th Backstage Werk Munich, GER
Friday 27th Barba Negra Track Budapest, HUN
Sunday 29th Simm City Vienna, AUS
Tuesday 1st Thanks Jimi Festival Wroclaw, POL
Thursday 3rd Kesselhaus Berlin, GER
Friday 4th Schlachthof Wiesbaden, GER
Saturday 5th Live Music Hall Cologne, GER
Sunday 6th Le Trabendo Paris, FRA
Tuesday 8th Z7 Pratteln, SWI
Wednesday 9th Live Club Trezzo (Milan), ITA
Friday 11th Zentral Pamplona, SPA
Saturday 12th Mon Madrid, SPA
GET RIGHT WITH YOUR MAKER TRACK-LISTING
1 I Am The Storm
2. Its Been A Long Time Comin’
3. Sold Me Down The River
4. A Dog With A Bone
5. Said The Spider To The Bird
6. Move Through The Fire
7. The Serpent
9. Fly Like An Evil
10. Back On My Feet Again
Reviewed by Casper of Rohan
Palace of the King have created yet another sensational release in get right with your maker, but nothing quite like before. This album is a treasure trove of melodic delights, sure to thrill and thoroughly engage rock aficionados the world over.
This majestic adventure will see you soaring through the familiar heights of classic rock at its finest, and swooping through the myriad of diverse aural destinations and exciting contemporary stylings, all beginning with a searing seven minutes of opener I Am The Storm. From the opening beat courtesy of the magnificent and mega skilled drummer Travis Dragani we experience the prominent keyboard work of the tremendously talented Sean Johnson. This album features Sean to a large degree as he casts his own unique spell over both guitar and keys. The reference to a magician is no mistake and those who have seen him perform live know exactly how phenomenal a musician he is. In fact, right from the outset both guitar and keyboards are beautifully entwined in melodic embrace, enchanting and beckoning you fourth toward the soaring lyrical delivery of Tim Henwood. His brilliant vocals always send your jaw to the floor in bewildered glee and no previous recording quite prepare you for the skills demonstrated in each subsequent. This collection is no exception to that rule and Tim will hit notes with ease that I can only aspire to without use of some form of testicular vice. When you start to really feel the rhythm Anthony Licciardi Garcia that you realise that there are many avenues of rock appeal to enjoy, but then the realisation hits that so seldom are these highlights assembled in one place, so brilliantly by a contemporary band. But those who know Palace of the King and particularly Australian rock icon Tim Henwood, will not be the slightest bit surprised that this collection is a labour of devotion with nothing rushed and every note sculpted to perfection.
Its Been A Long Time Comin’ is brilliantly sequenced as it heralds the fact that you are going to enjoy an album of diverse and magnificent rock. This track consists of a very special blend of vintage and contemporary rock, but there are distinct elements of that unique old school Australian rock blended throughout this hooky, instant classic.
Yet another style change for Sold me Down The River and this album takes on a whole new dimension of magnificence. The word organic resounds as the tracks roll forth and one wonders how the band have achieved such a sensationally dynamic sound. As this aural adventure delivers scorching riffs, engaging lyrics, vocal acrobatics and melodic expressionism at is very finest I release that this can not possibly have been recorded in one sitting.
The album has been assembled over several sittings and the perfect dynamic of a band finely tuned, is more than likely the result of coming off the road and straight into the studio. This is something that is seldom the preferred method of modern rock bands, and the Midas touch that makes it all work so well, the bond that binds the intention with the outcome is and renders the vision realised, comes from the visionary himself. Tim has maintained the dynamic aspects of the groups work on the road and cemented them on this brilliant album by producing the work himself. Now that essentially imparts all that is required for most people familiar with Tim’s work. He is the archetypical professional when it comes to the music business. His vast knowledge, coupled with his tremendous skill and natural ability to lead, result in the outcome on this album being so very perfect. Nothing but ‘just right’ will do for Tim and we the listener are the beneficiaries of that pursuit of aligning the original vision with the resulting musical manifestation.
As A Dog With A Bone, Said The Spider To The Bird, Move Through The Fire and The Serpent have you reflecting that you could very well be experiencing the perfect rock album, the process of recording in segments following stints fresh from contribute to the fresh and enveloping nature of this work. When listening to the superb contributions from Anthony in particular, one wonders if an album of this magnitude could have been achieved with the involvement of a newcomer, without the experience of playing live with Palace Of The King. Horizon, Fly Like An Evil and Back On My Feet Again reinforce the importance of careful track selection and how that attention to sequencing can, as in this case, transform an album of sensational songs into a mesmerizing journey of rock perfection.
Palace Of The King are a phenomenally incredible band of supremely talented musicians and Get Right With Your Maker is a remarkably accurate portrayal of their capabilities, both live and in studio. When you have listened to the entire album and managed to get your gob back up off the floor, put the socks back on that were knocked clean off and finished texting your friends about how much they need to ‘get onto this album’ you will feel the need to press play at track one and experience it all again right away.
This is all with out me letting you in on a not so little secret. Without me spilling the beans as it were and Tim, I want you to know that I have caused myself a significant workplace injury in biting my tongue, but I will honour your wishes, absolutely. To find out the rest you will need to pre order yourself a copy and prepare well to enjoy this sensational journey.
Bravura Palace of the King and we can’t wait to hear these tracks live. Truly magnificent.
You can pre-order Get Right Withe Your Maker on itunes here:
The Sunset Strip’s favourite sons, Steel Panther, are returning to Australia in May 2018 for a WORLD FIRST run of shows! Casper spoke with Lexxi about what to expect!
They are returning to Australian shores with their Sunset Strip Live! Tour, which is ALL PANTHER, ALL NIGHT. Two sets – One set of Steel Panther originals, and One set of Classic Covers! Presented by MJR Presents by Arrangement with United Talent Agency, this is Steel Panther‘s third trip out to Australia since 2016 – and it seems like Australia can’t get enough of the raunchy Panther boys from LA!
The Steel Panther boys are coming to Australia to show off how it all started for them – playing venues like The Viper Room in Los Angeles, playing all the best hair metal songs of all time, eventually becoming the Steel Panther everyone loves (well maybe not your Grandma. It kind of depends on what Old Folks’ Home she’s in!).
The tour takes the boys to Melbourne’s The Forum on 16th May, Sydney’s Big Top on the 18th, Brisbane’s Eatons Hill on the 20th and finishing in Perth on the 22nd May at the Astor Theatre. Tickets go on sale Wednesday February 28 at 10:00am Local Time at mjrpresents.com.
Steel Panther have been prolific in their output in the past few years, releasing album “All You Can Eat” in 2014, Live DVD “Live from Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage” in 2016 and album “Lower the Bar” in 2017. Their catalogue of hits is unstoppable, featuring hits like “Death to All But Metal”, “Community Property”, “17 Girls in a Row” and “Poontang Boomerang.”
Last time they visited Australian shores, Blunt Mag’s writer Luke Sutton said that..
.”…if the decade of neon was anything like Steel Panther make it out to be, then it was one hell of a time. [Steel Panther] have made a pretty solid name for themselves Down Under: their trips are all but annual at this point, with every passing crowd growing vaster, louder, and itchier.”
Don’t miss the raucous, irreverent, all-out hair metal assault on your senses (and probably your genitals) that is Steel Panther’s “Sunset Strip Live” tour this May in Australia!
Tickets on sale 10am Wednesday, 28th February
Wednesday, 16th May
The Forum, Melbourne
Tickets: MJR Presents
Friday, 18th May
Big Top, Sydney
Tickets: MJR Presents
Sunday, 20th May
Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Tickets: MJR Presents
Tuesday, 22nd May
Astor Theatre, Perth
Tickets: MJR Presents
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED LYNDA BUCHANAN
STM had one of the most amazing chats with Mr John Corabi about his latest release Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) and gives us a insight rarely seen or heard of from the making of this album & stories from life on the road with the Crue.
Famed vocalist of The Dead Daisies, John Corabi, is set to release his first-ever solo live album Live 94 (One Night In Nashville). Corabi performs the classic self-titled 1994 Mötley Crüe album that he sang on after longtime Crüe vocalist Vince Neil stepped away from the role in 1992. The new live album is scheduled for worldwide release on February 16th via Rat Pak Records. The album is now available for pre-order in various bundle configurations at www.ratpakrecords.com/johncorabi.
“I love the way this record came out. I wanted something pure, and I think we’ve got it here!,” exclaims Corabi.
Recorded live on October 27, 2015 during a stop on his Motley 94 tour, Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) documents the album in its entirety along with the bonus track “10,000 Miles” which was originally released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the Quaternary EP. The Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) band is comprised of John Corabi (Guitar/vocals), Jeremy Asbrock (Guitar/vocals), Phil Shouse (Guitar/vocals), Tommy Daley (Guitar) and Ian Corabi (Drums/percussions). The album was recorded live from The Basement in Nashville and contains no overdubs or backing tracks. The recording even includes 2 tracks of Corabi addressing the crowd about his time in Mötley Crüe.
“I have to congratulate the guys in my band for helping me do a live album with no backing tracks or extras!!! It’s how it should’ve sounded live!!!” Corabi adds.
The track listing for Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) is:
1. Power to the Music (Live)
2. Uncle Jack (Live)
3. Hooligan’s Holiday (Live)
4. Misunderstood (Live)
5. Loveshine” (Live)
6. Poison Apples (Live)
7. John Joins The Band (Live) *
8. Hammered (Live)
9. Til Death Do Us Part (Live)
10. Welcome to the Numb (Live)
11. Smoke the Sky (Live)
12 Here Is The Band (Live) *
13. Droppin’ Like Flies (Live)
14. Driftaway (Live)
15. 10,000 Miles Away (Live) (Bonus Track)
* John speaks to the audience
Mötley Crüe is the eponymous sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was released on March 15, 1994, and is the only album that does not feature lead singer Vince Neil.