The Dead Daisies Announces Details For Forthcoming “Hits” Collection

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The Dead Daisies is set to release a collection of some of its best songs this summer.

The simply titled Best Of is scheduled for release Aug. 18 on separate CD and vinyl platforms. The record will consist of six songs lifted from the band’s catalog along with two previously unreleased songs recorded during the sessions for the band’s most recent album, Radiance. The official track listing was not included in the news release announcing the set’s forthcoming release.

Pre-orders will open June 2 here.

In related news, The Dead Daisies is scheduled to launch a tour in support of the compilation Aug. 22. The tour is scheduled to run through Sept. 10. Tickets are available here.

Following the initial run across North America, the band will perform a pair of shows Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Japan. Those two dates will be followed by a brief run through the EU from Nov. 4-19. Tickets for that leg of the tour are available here.

The Dead Daisies founder/guitarist David Lowy, said in a statement, he was excited about the band’s upcoming hits collection and tour.

“It’s been an amazing decade with The Daisies!,” Lowy said. “We’ve rocked out with some of the best in the business, toured the globe, released eight albums and are thrilled to be showcasing the body of work from over the last decade with our upcoming “Best Of” Album release and tour.  I’m excited to be welcoming John Corabi back to the band.  Can’t wait to get back on the road again in 2023 to perform for our fans!”

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Established Acts Dominate Phil’s Picks 2022 Top New Rock Albums List

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This year was quite the interesting time for the rock community.  That’s because of the wide range of acts who produced new albums throughout the year.  Queensryche, Skid Row, and Joe Satriani all released their latest albums this year, all of which proved quite successful.  Rock super group Motor Sister also released their debut album, to its own acclaim, as did Slash, Scorpions, and Collective Soul.  Between all of these and so many others, the rock albums released this year gave audiences plenty to appreciate, thus the call for a list of the year’s top new rock albums.

This year’s list of top new rock albums serves as a reminder of all that is so good with the rock industry, proving yet again that as much as certain corporate entities would have people believe, rock is not dead.  Rather it is as alive as ever and as healthy, too.  As in years past, Phil’s Picks presents the top 10 records of the given category and five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums.  Those five honorable mentions are no less engaging and entertaining as the other 10.  They just happen to be of their own note.

To that end here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2022 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2022 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Joe Satriani – Elephants of Mars
  2. Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music – Variants of Vibe
  3. Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The conspirators – 4
  4. Motor Sister – Get Off
  5. Derek Sherinian – Vortex
  6. Skid Row – The Gang’s All Here
  7. Michael Schenker Group – Universal
  8. Fozzy – Boombox
  9. Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners – Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners
  10. Soraia – Bloom
  11. Queensryche – Digital Noise Alliance
  12. The Dead Daisies – Radiance
  13. Ty Tabor – Shades
  14. Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate – Hell, CA
  15. Cleanbreak – Coming Home

That is all for this list, but there is still plenty to come including the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums list.  That list is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned.

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The Dead Daisies’ New LP Is A “Shining” New Rock Record

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Late last month, rock band The Dead Daisies released its latest album, Radiance through SPV Steamhammer.  The band’s sixth album, it came a little more than a year after the band’s then latest album, Holy Ground.  It is a welcome follow-up to that record and an equally welcome new addition to the band’s catalog, too thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike.  The musical arrangements feature a nice blend of neo classic rock (for which the band has come to be known over the years) and some more modern sounds and styles.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical content offers some easily accessible material that is certain to resonate with audiences.  One of the most notable of the record’s entries comes halfway through its 10-song run in the form of ‘Born To Fly.’  The song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Courageous,’ which comes later in the album’s 36-minute run time, is another example of how the record’s overall content comes together to make the album engaging and entertaining.  The album’s title track, which comes just ahead of its midpoint, is yet another example of what makes Radiance so enjoyable.  It will also be examined later.  Each song noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  When they are considered alongside the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Radiance a shining new offering from The Dead Daisies that shows this band is still alive and kicking.

Radiance, the latest album from rock band The Dead Daisies, is a strong new offering from the band that will appeal equally to the band’s established audience base and to rock fans in general.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike.  ‘Born to Fly,’ which serves as the album’s midpoint is just one of the songs that does so well to exhibit the album’s appeal.  The song’s musical arrangement forms the foundation of its appeal.  The steady accented beats on the drums performed by drummer Brian Tichy that open the song immediately make it infectious because of the groove that they create.  Guitarist Doug Aldrich’s riff soon enters, making for even more punch alongside bassist David Lowy’s low end.  The richness created through that overall instrumentation makes for so much modern rock heaviness that will keep listeners engaged and entertained throughout.  Front man Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) adds his own powerful punch through the control of his vocals throughout the song, too.  The juxtaposition of his work to that musical content makes the song’s overall musical arrangement reason enough to take in this song.

The lyrical content that accompanies the hard rocking punch from the song’s musical content adds even more to the song’s impact.  That is because of the seeming positive message that it presents.  The seeming theme is presented as Hughes sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Gonna leave today/In the great skyway/Climbing in the sonic air/Vibration in my blood/Elation understood/It’s a Mother Earth affair/And I wander like a bird/In my tranquility/’Cause I was born to fly.”  Hughes continues in the song’s second verse, “Here in the openness/Relive a dream, confess/A prophecy, some time ago/I take the long way home/No matter where I roam/High above into the glow.”  This just sounds like a theme of positivity and feeling free of so much.  It comes across as deeply metaphorical language, but the overall message remains.  It is a message of so much joy and freedom from the constraints of the world that would otherwise tie one down mentally and emotionally.  This is all just this critic’s interpretation.  That overall joy, together with the power in the song’s musical arrangement makes for so much enjoyment just in this song alone. 

Another song featured in this record that makes the album so positive comes later in the presentation in the form of ‘Courageous.’  The musical arrangement featured in the song is another heavy, driving composition.  Aldrich’s blues-infused guitar riff forms the song’s foundation while Hughes’ vocals pair with the bass and drums to flesh out the arrangement even more and make it so infectious throughout.  The energy that is exuded through the group’s collective performance makes the arrangement just as powerful as any of the album’s other entries.

The infectious impact of the song’s arrangement pairs with the seeming message of encouragement and empowerment to make for even more interest.  The seeming message is inferred as Hughes sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Arc light/I do rely/You try so hard/But you can’t let go/You hear a word my friend?/You breathe/You let in/I hear you callin’/Now you got to believe/When you give and receive/It’s courageous/Now you’re breaking away/Got to live for today/It’s courageous.”  The seeming message continues in the song’s second verse, which finds Hughes singing, “What will become of you?/Sweet little bird in June/You try so hard/But you can’t let go/And now you testify/It’s time to purify/Under the skin/Sanctify yourself/Sit tight/Hold back again/You breathe/You let it in/I hear you callin’.”  It is as if this is someone addressing a person who will not let himself or herself go and be free.  Again, this is just this critic’s interpretation.  The thoughtful nature in which this seeming message of being true to one’s self and become empowered makes for plenty of interest in itself.  When it is paired with the song’s equally infectious, positive musical arrangement, the whole makes ‘Courageous’ all the more engaging and entertaining and just one more example of how much Radiance has to offer audiences.

Radiance’s title track is just one more of so many examples of what audiences will find enjoyable about the album.  This song’s arrangement stands out among its counterparts due to its sludge rock approach a la Black Label Society.  What’s even more interesting here is how Hughes’ vocals pair with the instrumentation to make the overall arrangement comparable to not only works from Black Label Society, but also to those from Alter Bridge (which also has recently released its latest album).  The arrangement overall will resonate with ease among audiences.

The musical depth presented in ‘Radiance’ is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The uplifting lyrical theme featured in the song makes it all the more interesting.  The theme here is similar to that featured in ‘Courageous’ or so it seems.  That seems the case as Hughes sings apparently from the vantage point of someone trying to get another person to let that radiance glow.  This is inferred as he sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “You wanna leave the grey/You can’t find a way/The pull of gravity/There lies your destiny/Your karma legacy/Where is the harmony?/No peace of mind/And your eyes won’t let you see/In the radiance/Underneath the skyline/In the radiance/I can see your star shine.”  That mention of being able to see one’s star shine even though that person won’t let his/her eyes see makes the inferred theme stronger in its presentation.  It is strengthened even more in the song’s second verse as Hughes sings, “I see the majesty/Deep in the tapestry/You are so blind/I hear your rhapsody/White light above the sky/No need to wonder why/So let it shine.”  Again, here is that person seemingly telling another person to let his/her positive side show through.  He is trying to get that person to see the positive in himself or herself just like the rest of the world sees.  It is a message that is certain to resonate with so many listeners.  Add in the somewhat contemplative nature of the song’s arrangement and the mood is set even more for the song’s impact.  The whole makes this song yet another powerful addition to the album that further shows how much Radiance has to offer audiences.  When it is considered alongside the other songs examine here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Radiance yet another welcome addition to this year’s field of new rock albums.

Radiance, the latest entry from The Dead Daisies, is another impressive offering from the band that is certain to appeal equally to the band’s established audiences and to rock purists alike.  The record’s combined musical and lyrical content alike makes that clear, as is evidenced through the trio of songs examined here.  When that trio of compositions is considered alongside the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Radiance a shining addition to this year’s field of new rock albums.

Radiance is available now through SPV Steamhammer.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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The Dead Daisies Announce New Album Details; New Single Coming

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The Dead Daisies is scheduled to release its new album this summer, and in anticipation of its release, will officially debut the album’s lead single next week.

The band will officially premiere the album’s lead single, ‘Radiance’ June 2 through blabbermouth.net. ‘Radiance’ is available to stream and download here. Its musical arrangement is a heavy, plodding work whose guitar line immediately lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Black Label Society.

The song’s lyrical theme is meant to deliver a socially conscious message according to the band.

Drummer Brian Tichy has rejoined The Dead Daisies for its new record. Tichy, who was a founding member of The Dead Daisies left the band in 2014, but returned in 2015, remaining with the band in his second stint until 2017. He was replaced with a rotating cast of drummers along the way, such as John Tempesta (Rob Zombie, The Cult, Testament), Charley Drayton (The Cult, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young) and most recently Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, L.A. Rats, Alice Cooper).

“I’m excited for everyone to hear ‘Radiance’, a little slab of new Daisies rock!,” Tichy said. “It’s been a lot of fun recording with Doug, Glenn and David, and now I’m psyched to throw down live with the guys! Hope to see you all out there on tour this year!”

In other news, The Dead Daisies is scheduled to launch a summer-long tour in support of its new forthcoming album. The European tour is scheduled to start June 3 in Hamburg, Germany and to run through Aug. 5 in Knislinge, Sweden.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

JUNE
03 – Stadtpark Freilichtbühne Hamburg, Germany (with Foreigner)
04 – Spardawelt Freilichtbühne Killesberg Stuttgart, Germany (with Foreigner)
05 – Buderus Arena Wetzlar, Germany (with Foreigner)
08 – Zitadelle Spandau Berlin, Germany (with Foreigner)
10 – Freilichtbühne Peißnitzinsel Halle (Saale), Germany (with Foreigner)
11 – Muziekcentrum De Bosuil Weert, Netherlands
13 – Matrix Bochum, Germany
14 – Hirsch Nuremberg, Germany
16 – Schlossgarten / Schloss Bruchsal, Germany (with Foreigner)
18 – Hellfest Clisson, France
19 – Graspop Festival Dessel, Belgium
22 – Rockhal Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg (with Judas Priest)
23 – Garage Saarbrucken, Germany
25 – God Save The Kouign Fest Penmarch, France
27 – Zenith Munich, Germany (with Judas Priest)
29 – Conrad Sohm Dornbirn, Austria
30 – Komma Woergl, Austria
 
JULY
02 – Fabrique Milan, Italy 
03 – Castello Di San Giusto Trieste, Italy
06 – SRC Tasmajdan Belgrade, Serbia (with Whitesnake)
08 – Masters Of Rock Vizovice, Czech Republic
09 – Hype Park Krakow, Poland 
11 – Budapest Arena Budapest, Hungary, (with Judas Priest)
12 – Dvorana Stozice Ljubljana, Slovenia (with Judas Priest)
15 – Faliro Olympic Indoor Hall Athens, Greece (with Judas Priest)
17 – Midalidare Rock Mogilovo, Bulgaria (with Judas Priest)
18 – Arenele Romane Bucharest, Romania (with Judas Priest)
19 – Skenderija Sarajevo, Bosnia (with Whitesnake)
26 – Theatre Antique Vienne, France (with Judas Priest)
27 – Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland
28 – Substage Karlsruhe, Germany
30 – Freilichtbuhne Peißnitzinsel Halle (Saale), Germany (with Judas Priest)
31 – Rudolf Weber Arena Oberhausen, Germany (with Judas Priest)
 
AUGUST
 
02 – Brose Arena Bamberg, Germany (with Judas Priest)
05 – Time To Rock Festival Knislinge, Sweden

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Up-And-Coming Acts, Veteran Bands Alike Made 2021 Another Great Year For Rock

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The rock community turned out a whole bunch of great new content in 2021.  From established acts to the up-and-comers, to the veterans, acts from across the rock community gave audiences plenty of reason to be happy this year.  Now with only 21 days left in the year, that flow of new releases has slowed, though there is already lots of rock to look forward to in 2022, beginning early in the year.  Until then though, Phil’s Picks has its annual list of this year’s top new rock albums to share. 

As was the case with all of the other lists, this one was not easy to craft, either.  Pop Evil returned this year with its powerful new album, Versatile.  Liquid Tension Experiment (which is essentially the side project of three of Dream Theater’s members) returned for the first time in some years with its third record, too.  Up-and-coming neo-classic rock band Greta Van Fleet worked hard this year with its new album to show that it wants to be known as its own act, not just a Led Zeppelin knockoff.  Between this record, the others noted here and so many others, this year’s list of top new rock albums is diverse.

As with every other list presented by Phil’s Picks, it consists of the year’s top 10 new albums and five honorable mentions for a total of 15.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2021 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Liquid Tension Experiment – 3
  1. John 5 – Sinner
  1. Billy F. Gibbons – Hardware
  1. The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground
  1. Mason Hill – Against The Wall
  1. Candlebox – Wolves
  1. Marc Ribler – The Whole World Awaits You
  1. Myles Kennedy – The Ides of March
  1. Pop Evil – Versatile
  1. Dropkick Murphys – Turn Up That Dial
  1. L.A. Guns – Checkered Past
  1. Foo Fighters – Medicine at Midnight
  1. Grand Royale – Carry On
  1. Styx – Crash of the Crown
  1. Greta Van Fleet – The Battle at Garden’s Gate

That’s it for this list, but wait, there’s more!  Yes, there are still two more music lists to go before the attention turns to the best of the year’s new movie and TV categories.  Stay tuned!

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John Corabi Debuts New Single, ‘Cosi Bella (So Beautiful),’ Companion Video

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Former Dead Daisies front man John Corabi opened the new week with a new single and video.

Corabi debuted his new single, ‘Cosi Bella (So Beautiful)‘ and its companion video Monday. The mid-tempo semi-ballad style song was produced and co-written by famed guitarist Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue) in Nashville, TN.

The lyrical theme featured in the new song is, as Corabi sings right from the song’s outset, about a woman. In other words, it is a love song.

Corabi talked at length about the song during a recent interview.

“‘Cosi Bella’ came about from a writing session I did with Marti for The Dead Daisies’ ‘Burn It Down’ record,” said Corabi. “I had the initial verse idea, and a chorus that didn’t quite work for the tune. I played it for Marti, and he liked the idea but gave me a better idea for the chorus. We recorded the rough idea on my phone, with both of us just scatting the melody.”

Added Corabi, “The Daisies heard the idea but felt it didn’t quite fit their format, so I put it to bed for a bit. After leaving the band in 2019, I started to revisit old ideas I had and sat down and recorded the track. Being new to ProTools, I took the song as far as I could and sent it to Marti to produce. I explained the song was musically inspired to a degree by ‘Penny Lane’ by The Beatles and ‘Killer Queen’ by Queen, so Marti and his son Evan recut the drums and bass, and added some horns, and sprinkled their magical fairy dust on the track to give it that shiny polished sound!”

Corabi concluded, “I wrote the lyrics, and after singing the song, I felt ‘SO BEAUTIFUL’ was kind of an average title, so I looked those words up in a translation app and found it in Italian (Cosi Bella) and felt it had a nice ring to it! It’s not what some people truly expect from me, but I LOVE the way the song turned out, and it’s just a happy little upbeat love song with a twist! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”

More information on John Corabi’s new single and video is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://www.johncorabi.com

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The Black Moods Tapped To Join The Dead Daisies On Upcoming Tour

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The Black Moods will join The Dead Daisies on the road this summer.

The band will serve as support for The Dead Daisies’ tour, which is in support of its latest album, Holy Ground, which was released early this year through SPV. The tour, which The Black Moods is using to promote its latest album, Sunshine, is scheduled to launch Sept. 10 and to run through Oct. 15. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Portland, OR; Fort Wayne, IN and Vineland, NJ.

Tickets are available now for each show here. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

8/3      Scottsdale, AZ @ Frasher’s Tavern

8/6      Salt Lake City, UT @ The Royal (w/ Royal Bliss, Smile Empty Soul)

8/7      Lewiston, ID @ Snake River Rock Fest ^

9/5      Charlotte, NC @ Hops & Hogs Festival ^

9/10   Rockford, IL @ The Apollo Theater AC #

9/11   Joliet, IL @ The Forge #

9/13   Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s #

9/14   Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater #

9/17   Buffalo, NY @ The Showplace Theater #

9/18   Vineland, NJ @ The Landis #

9/20   New York, NY @ Sony Hall #

9/22   Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 #

9/24   Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room #

9/25   St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live #

9/27   Sauget, IL @ Pop’s #

9/29   Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater #

9/30   San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box #

10/2   Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live #

10/3   Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live #

10/7   San Diego, CA @ Ramona Mainstage #

10/9   Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival ^

10/10 Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post (Placer) #

10/12 Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theater #

10/15 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater #

# with The Dead Daisies, Don Jamieson

^ festival appearance

More information on The Black Moods’ upcoming tour dates and its new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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The Dead Daisies Is The First Great New Rock Album Of 2021

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The Dead Daisies’ new album Holy Ground is the first truly great new pure rock record of 2021.  That is saying quite a bit, considering the releases of new albums from the likes of Weezer, Foo Fighters, and Michael Schenker Group already available.  That is proven from start to end of the 11-song record through its collective musical and lyrical content. The record’s musical arrangements give listeners touches of the pure rock sounds of the 80s,  90s, and even 2000s, bringing the whole together for a whole that will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  The lyrical content is accessible to any listener, making for its own appeal.  ‘Unspoken,’ the album’s lead single – which the band premiered almost a year ago in April 2020 – is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Come Alive,’ which comes early in the 48-minute record’s run, is another key addition to the album.  It also shows how the album’s musical and lyrical content come together to make the album in whole a success.  ’30 Days in the Hole’ is yet another addition to the album that adds to the record’s interest.  It will also be discussed later.  All three songs noted here are important to the whole of Holy Ground.  When they are considered with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of the album leaves no doubt as to why the record is the best pure rock record to be released so far.

The Dead Daisies’ new album Holy Ground is an impressive work from the veteran rock super group.  It is a record that audiences have been awaiting since early last year when the band debuted the record’s lead single, ‘Unspoken.’  The song is just one of the ways in which the album’s musical and lyrical content come together to make the album such a strong return for the band.  The song’s musical arrangement almost immediately lends itself to comparison to AC/DC’s timeless hit song ‘For Those About to Rock (We Salute You).’  That is evidenced in the steady, plodding time keeping and the guitar work here.  The subtlety and control in the guitar work is a near mirror image of that in the aforementioned AC/DC song.  Yet is still manages to maintain its own identity separate from that of the other composition.  That is due in large part to the song’s chorus sections.  They change the song’s feel considerably.  The contrast in those two approaches gives the song’s overall arrangement its own unique identity that will connect easily with listeners.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds even more interest to the overall song.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Unspoken’ comes across as a statement about that type of person who is completely stuck on himself/herself.  That is just this critic’s interpretation, of course.  The seeming statement is inferred right from the song’s lead verse, which states, “In the static/Gotta make your pledge/So dramatic and you’re out on the ledge/Bones are breaking/Hear the rattle and moan/Your body aching and you’re out in the zone/Yeah, I can hear you breathe/Unspoken/You gotta let go/Unspoken/You’re out in the glow/Unbroken/You let it all flow.”  The seeming commentary continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “In the oneness now you realize/Lost your compass and I sympathize/In the darkness now/You fade to grey/In the stillness you will make your way.”  Again, this is all the interpretation of this critic and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Regardless, the song’s lyrical content is sure to generate plenty of discussion among listeners.  That alone is proof of the song’s role in the album’s overall success.  It is just one of the songs that serves to prove the album’s strength.  ‘Come Alive,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another way in which the record proves it has reached the top of the field for now.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Come Alive’ is a steady, forward-driving composition whose musical arrangement blends the best of yesterday’s and today’s pure guitar rock.  The subtle strength of the song’s bass line together with the steady time keeping and the guitar line makes is so well-balanced.  There are moments here in which the guitar line lends itself to comparison to works from Joe Satriani before switching back to a more modern radio rock sound a la Velvet Revolver, modern Stone Temple Pilots and others of that ilk.  The precision in which the two sides switch back and forth makes for its own level of enjoyment.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s fiery musical arrangement helps to illustrate the seeming message delivered here.

The message that seems to be presented in ‘Come Alive’ comes across as being one person telling another that he/she needs to examine his/her life and change his/her  mindset.  This inferred right from the song’s outset in its lead verse and chorus, which states, “I’m standing in my shadow/And you can find me there/I’ll meet you in the shallow water/They stop and stare/Within my inner vision/I’d like to testify/No crash and no collision/My faith, I can’t deny/Come alive/You can start over/Now, take me by the hand and come alive/I gotta break your malady/You got to live your life free/So come alive.”  It is as if the speaker is telling that person here that while he/she might be in a tough spot, he/she still has his/her faith and that the subject to whom the speaker is speaking can turn things around on a better course.  The seeming commentary continues  in the song in which front man Glenn Huges (Deep Purple, yes the same one) sings, “You’re fallin’ in the skyline/And you will come and go/Your sign is in your bloodline/Sometimes its quick and slow/Somehow the earth is mending/I’ll meet you at the gate/This is your life resending/You got to feel your weight.”  The song’s third and final verse puts the period on the interpreted message, stating, “Oh, it’s amazin’, you travel on/I am praisin’, gotta let you roam/Come and deliver/All that you need.”  Again these lyrics collectively are only interpreted in the noted fashion by this critic.  They should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Regardless the possibility of this song focusing on a discussion between two people, one trying to motivate the other certainly seems plausible.  If it is indeed the case, then the whole makes this another fully accessible for listeners, as every listener (or most listeners) has found themselves in a similar position.  To that end, the whole of this seeming message and the energy in the song’s musical arrangement ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment even more.  It shows even more in whole why the album in whole is such a successful new entry from The Dead Daisies.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable works.  ’30 Days in the Hole’ is yet another key way in which the record’s musical and lyrical content pair to show why the album succeeds.

’30 Days in the Hole’ opens with a solid drum beat that is soon after accompanied by Hughes’ vocals and the equally powerful guitar and bass lines to round out the arrangement.  The whole of the song’s arrangement immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Motley Crue, Poison, and Warrant.  Even with such comparisons, it still boasts its own unique identity that audiences will enjoy. 

For all of the fun energy that the song’s musical arrangement presents audiences, its lyrical content seems to take on a much more serious tone as it addresses the consequences of drug use.  The contrast in the playful, upbeat sense in the song’s musical arrangement against the more serious lyrical topic makes for a lot of interest here. 

The noted topic is clearly addressed right from the song’s outset in the lead verse, which states, “Chicago Green, talkin’ ’bout Black Lebanese/A dirty room and a silver coke spoon/Give me my release/Black Nepalese/It’s got you weak in your knees/Sneeze some dust that you got buzzed on/You know it’s hard to believe.”  The commentary continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “Newcastle Brown can sure smack you down/Take a greasy whore and a rollin’ dance floor/If you live on the road, there’s a new highway code/You take the urban noise with some durban poison/You’re gonna lessen your load.”  The song’s chorus reminds listeners about the result of using those drugs, stating, “30 days in the hole/I got 30 days.”  Maybe the contrast of the upbeat energy in the song’s musical arrangement and serious lyrical content is intentional.  It could be meant to help create a sense of irony.  People (especially rock stars) think that they are having fun using those drugs and living the rock and roll lifestyle, but in reality, they are only hurting themselves.  This is, again, just this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as gospel.  If in fact it is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark, then the song has certainly succeeded in its goal to be so ironic.  It is just one more way in which the album proves overall, to be such an engaging and entertaining presentation.  Together with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole makes the album overall a successful new offering from The Dead Daisies that is unquestionably the first truly great rock record of 2021.

The Dead Daisies’ new album Holy Ground is a presentation that rock purists and the band’s fans alike will agree is a welcome return from the band.  That is proven through the album’s collective musical and lyrical content.  Each of the songs examined here serve to help illustrate the noted statements in their own way.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, that whole makes Holy Ground the first great new rock record of 2021.  The album is available now. 

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The Dead Daisies Premieres ‘Unspoken’ Lyric Video

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The Dead Daisies is giving audiences their first taste of its new album.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Unspoken‘ on April 16. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album Holy Ground.  The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band, with its up-tempo, guitar-driven presentation.

The song’s lyrical content seems to focus on a very certain kind of person, as new front man Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) — who replaced John Corabi on vocals — sings in the song’s lead verse, “In the static/Gotta make your pledge/So dramatic and you’re out on the ledge/Bones are breaking/Hear the rattle and moan/Your body aching and you’re out in the zone/Yeah, I can hear you breathe/Unspoken/You gotta let go/Unspoken/You’re out in the glow/Unbroken/You let it all flow.”  The commentary continues in the song’s second verse, with Hughes singing, “In the oneness now you realize/Lost your compass and I sympathize/In the darkness now/You fade to grey/In the stillness you will make your way.”

It almost comes across as a person who is stuck on himself/herself; one of those oh woe is me types.  That is, of course, just this critics’ own interpretation.  It is certain to generate its own share of discussion among audiences, which is a good thing for the song, as that discussion will maintain interest in the song.

Guitarist Doug Aldrich offered some background on the song’s creation in a recent interview.

“This was one of the first songs we jammed on at Sunset Sound in Hollywood and then reworked it slightly in France, where we all hit it fresh with the benefit of a few months distance,” he said.  “In that process, David, Ben, everyone pursued ideas to give it a bit more of a Daisies vibe, with Glenn’s vibe guiding it to a place where it has become an instant classic.”

A release date for Holy Ground will be announced in the days to come.  In the meantime, audiences can stream and download ‘Unspoken’ here. Audiences can keep up with that and more information online at:

 

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The Dead Daisies Signs To Spinefarm Records

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Spinefarm Records has added another big name act to its roster.

The independent label has signed The Dead Daisies to a record deal.  The rock super group — Glenn Huges (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), David Lowy (Mink, Red Phoenix) and Deeen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English, Hardline) — released its most recent album Burn It Down (the band’s fourth album) in 2018 through Spitfire/SPV.

The band discussed its signing to Spinefarm in a collective statement.

“We’re thrilled to be releasing our upcoming album in collaboration with Spinefarm Records,” the statement reads.  “This album is very important to us, and we all felt we needed to take the next step not only musically, but also from a label perspective.  Along with Jonas, Maria, Dante and the rest of the Spinefarm team, it’s time to crank up the engines and get to work on this next chapter with Glenn.  So come to a show, enjoy the ride and ROCK with us, we can’t wait for you to hear it!”

Jonas Nachsin, Spinefarm General Manager — Worldwide, said in a separate statement.

We are very excited to partner with The Dead Daisies on their newest and best album yet,” he said.  “With the addition of Glenn Hughes, all the work they’ve been putting in over the last few years will realize its full potential with this release.  As we’ve been steadily adding both new and career artists to the Spinefarm roster we extend a big welcome to The Dead Daisies on joining our rock ‘farm.”

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