Live Gig

The Dead Daisies Burn Down The Highline Ballroom in NYC on August 28th, 2018


Words and Pictures: Robert Cavuoto



The Dead Daisies have been touring relentlessly to support their latest CD, Burn it Down which was released April. It’s their heaviest and most powerful CD to date.

They just completed a successful European tour and now hitting the U.S. for much of August and into September before heading to the U.K. John Corabi [lead vocals], David Lowy [guitar], Doug Aldrich [guitar], Marco Mendoza [bass], and newest member Deen Castronovo [drums] were performing tonight at the Highline Ballroom in NYC. Prior to this evening’s show, the band played a 30+ minute acoustic set at the Guitar Center on 14th Street.

It was undeniable from the grins on the band members faces at the acoustic show as well as on stage at the Highline that these guys love what they’re doing – making music and playing live. They opened the show with the powerhouse song, “Resurrected” and then dove directly into “Rise Up” both from Burn it Down. These two songs set the tone of what the audience could expect tonight – a hard-driving sweaty Rock & Roll show!

Sixteen songs were hammered out in this fast-paced 90-minute set which included “Make Some Noise,” “Devil Out of Time,” “Leave Me Alone,” “Mexico,” and “Song and a Prayer.” The band likes to include a few cover tunes on their CDs as well as in their live shows and tonight was no exception. They did a blistering version of the Rolling Stones’ “Bitch” which was played with more energy and passion than the Stones could ever muster. They turned up the heat with Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” and closed the show with “Midnight Moses,” a tune they have clearly made their own. On that song, former Dead Daisies member and now opening act, Dizzy Reed, came to help guys with keyboards.

All the songs were tight, fast-driven, and neatly filled with all their trademark riffs and John’s raspy, soulful vocals. Doug took center stage throughout the night to make his guitar scream in a haze of monstrous solos and utilized various guitar effects to change the guitar’s sound and helped shape each song.

The venue was hot and the audience was loud which fired-up the band to give an outstanding performance. Each member tirelessly worked the stage giving the fans plenty of attention and chances for iPhone photos.

The band was on a Rock & Roll mission to provide enough riffs to last until their next U.S. tour. John sang with passion and John, Doug, Deen, and Marco played with style. If you don’t know The Dead Daisies, do yourself a favor and pick up Burn it Down as the band continues to get better with each CD!

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