The Dead Daisies blazed into Belfast on Thursday night (22nd November 2019), putting on a spread of classic rock and roll as part of their 'Daisyland' jaunt. Talking place on the same day as U.S. holiday Thanksgiving, the American act declared; "If we can’t be at home on thanksgiving, there’s no place we’d rather be than Belfast".
The Dead Daisies' thanksgiving celebration saw the super group return to Belfast’s Limelight on Thursday 22nd November 2019. Kicking off their high octane rock and roll party, charismatic front man John Corabi declared; “Belfast, are you ready to party with The Dead Daisies tonight!?” With the sticky venue packed and ready, the rapturous response the hard working band received confirmed an affirmative "YES!" from the Belfast faithful.
Combining the strengths from the individual members' past endeavours with such classic rock giants as Mötley Crüe (Corabi), Whitesnake (guitarist Doug Aldrich), and later-day Thin Lizzy (bassist Marco Mendoza), the band powered through a plethora of hits from their four-album catalogue, with the crowd providing supporting vocals.
Corabi may have been leading from the front, however he had plent of competition for the spotlight, and none more so than from Aldrich. The epitome of 'guitar hero', from his hair to his strides to his stage moves, it's with instrument in hand that the onetime Dio player rightly shone. Igniting the atmosphere with a powerful guitar solo before blasting into a fired rendition of 'Rise Up', it was clear to see the adoration bestowed upon the six-string golden boy by both audience and band mates alike.
Battling a wave of negativity in the last twelve months from one of his former band mates, a defiant Corabi meanwhile dedicated 'Resurrected' - the first of a number of new songs - to all those who had written him off in the past, declaring that's he was “bigger, better, and faster than ever”.
Musically, it showed, and keeping up the momentum, the Daisies launched into 'Burn it Down' which was met with riotous applause, not to mention that; “everybody sings the shit out of this song!”
Receiving a warm welcome to the Daisies' fold, latest addition and “new guy in town” Deen Castronovo was introduced as “master of mayhem”. The former Journey percussionist was then given a traditional Belfast welcome of cheers, pints, and whiskey.
Rounding out their set with a selection of covers including Alice Cooper’s 'Schools Out' and The Rolling Stones 'Bitch', the band saluted their own heroes before bringing down the house with 'Revolución' hit, 'Mexico'.
Bringing the evening to an end, the band left the stage as Corabi declared; “If I can’t be at home on thanksgiving,there’s no place I’d rather be, Belfast. Now, time for some Jameson!”
Watch out for the upcoming horror series Welcome to DaisyLand, coming to BlackBoxTV in January 2019.