By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa
Live Review: The Dead Daisies at Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, Flroida –Like No Other Tour with The Black Moods and Don Jamieson–September 25, 2021
Rock At Night has been following Australian-American supergroup The Dead Daisies band—and particularly Glenn Hughes’ career—for a number of years. I had the pleasure of interviewing this elegant but humble man in 2016. When I saw in 2019 that Glenn Hughes joined forces with the band, I was more than ecstatic.
With a new Dead Daisies lineup, the band became busy working in the South of France in 2019 on new music and released a hellfire of a rock album Holy Ground in January 2021 (Spinefarm Records). Honestly, every song on the album breathes and spits classic rock ‘n’ roll in the vein of the heavy hard rock bands of the 1970s.
The Dead Daisies have been touring non-stop since early summer—first with its ‘Get Out of the House Tour’ and now in September and October, with the ‘Like No Other’ Tour. The band’s current lineup includes Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion) on bass/vocals, Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake) on guitar, Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne) on drums and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) on guitar.
The Dead Daisies rolled into Jannus Live, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to a crowd of fans, eager to hear some no-nonsense, unapologetic rock music. First, the crowd was warmed by Phoenix-based The Black Moods. Comprised of Chico Diaz (drums), Josh Kennedy (vocals, guitars), and Jordan Hoffman (bass), the band hit the ground running with songs like “On & On,” “Whatcha’ Got,” and “Sunshine.” The Black Moods appear to be part of the growing “New Classic Rock” trend, including the likes of Dirty Honey and Moon Fever. The band paid homage to Tom Petty by performing a stirring rendition of “I Need to Know”. The Black Moods were the perfect musical appetizer, gaining many new fans as they posed for selfies and signed autographs after the set.
Comedian Don Jamieson, formerly of the long-running series Metal Talk had everybody chuckling to jokes with references to Marilyn Manson (“feeling awkward at a #MeToo convention), Bill Cosby, Dee Snider, and Zakk Wylde. I actually hope more music tours incorporate a comedian as a support act because it was a refreshing and unexpected addition.
By a little after 10 p.m., The Dead Daisies performed not only a solid set of favorites by The Dead Daisies (e.g., “Mexico” and “Leave Me Alone”) but also new songs from their recent album Holy Ground, making the evening rich in hard, heavy rock music. With the addition of Hughes, the collection of songs reek of 70s classic rock—as did the performance. The band perspired, constantly trading places on stage, crouching and voguing for the audience, in true “rock star” fashion. The band gave 110 percent and could definitely school a lot of the newer bands in showmanship and delivery.
Hughes, a rock hall of fame vocalist and a masterful bassist in his own right, proved why he is the “Voice of Rock”. Industry mainstay Doug Aldrich on lead guitar, David Lowy on rhythm guitar, and native Detroiter and metal favorite Tommy Clufetos on drums provided solid, aggressive, pedal-to-the-metal Rock.
The audience was not only treated to hard and heavy songs from Holy Ground like “Bustle and Flow,” “Like No Other (Bassline),” and “My Fate” but also Deep Purple favorites like “Mistreated” and “Burn.” Having waited to see Hughes perform live after being a fan for years, I can say that the maestro of rock vocals and mastery of The Dead Daisies delivered more than I could have asked for.
Unspoken, Rise Up, Dead and Gone, Chosen and Justified, Mexico, Bustle and Flow, Lock ‘n’ Load, Fortunate Son, Midnight Moses, Mistreated, My Fate, Leave Me Alone, Like No Other (Bassline), Holy Ground (Shake the Memory), Long Way to Go, Burn
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