There has been a lot of buzz about The Dead Daisies lately, and, after seeing them perform I now know why. We were fortunate enough to have been granted an interview with vocalist Jon Stevens (Sydney, Noiseworks, INXS) on their tour bus prior to their performance. He was very entertaining and the interview was a blast. We were treated with kindness and grace and felt comfortable and welcome. Jon even provided us with signed copies of the debut CD from The Dead Daisies. If you look at the CD in the picture it says” Play Loud” -Jon Stevens
Here is the interview enjoy!:
The CD is amazing to say the least. It features Jon Stevens- vocals/guitars, David Lowy- guitars, John Fields- bass/guitars/keyboards/percussion, Vanessa Amorosi- vocals, Kevin Savigar- keyboards, Dorian Crozier- drums, Isaac Carpenter- drums (“Yesterday & Tomorrow”). The amazing single from this release is “Lock’N’Load” and features Jon Stevens – Lead & Backing Vocals/Acoustic Guitar, Slash – Lead Guitar, David Lowy- Guitar, Johnny Salerno- Drums, Simon Hosford- Bass/Electric & Acoustic Guitar, John Fields- Organ.
We were in for quite the surprise for the live performance. The touring band consisted of the following individuals:
Jon Stevens – Jon Stevens’ remarkable career as a singer, songwriter and performer has spanned over 20 years and reaped many achievements, including ARIA chart-topping success as the front man of legendary Australian bands Noiseworks and INXS. photo by the Hellion
Frank Ferrer- Frank Ferrer is an American rock drummer and session musician. In October 2006, Ferrer became an official member of the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses after serving as the band’s emergency substitute drummer for Bryan Mantia on several occasions during the band’s summer 2006 European tour. Ferrer is also a member of The Psychedelic Furs as well as a former member of Love Spit Love. He has recorded and worked with several high profile musicians including The Beautiful, Robi “Draco” Rosa, and Sarah Clifford. -photo by Charlie Owens
Richard Fortus – Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Fortus is a current guitarist of legendary American rock band Guns N’ Roses, handling both rhythm and lead duties since 2001. -photo by the Hellion
Dizzy Reed is a multi-talented keyboard/vocalist who is currently touring with Guns ‘N’ Roses and has been with Axl since almost the beginning. He is well respected in the Los Angeles music community as a guest player with many well known artists and with his own solo projects. Dizzy brings the blues rock energy to the stage! – photo Charlie Owens
Bobby Schneck – Bobby Schneck got his start in the bars and clubs of the midwest at the age of 17 playing everything from country to funk to full bore heavy metal. After moving to LA in 1987 he found himself in one of the biggest Sunset Strip bands of the day called B.B. Chung King and the Screaming Buddaheads. A fan of the band turned out to be Slash who would regularly sit in with the band. In 1996 Slash tapped Bobby to tour with Slash’s Blues Ball, a funk and RB rock band that circled the globe on and off for 18 months. He went on to record and tour with Eddie Money, Five For Fighting, Gilby Clarke, Warren Zevon, Green Day and Weezer and then filled in for an ailing Brad Whitford on the 2009 Aerosmith Tour. Slash again tapped him for the “We’re All Gonna Die” tour in 2010 featuring Myles Kennedy on vocals. -photo by the Hellion
Marco Mendoza- Marco comes from a very musical family and started playing the guitar at an early age.
Marco is perhaps mostly known for his work with a number of rock bands and artists such as Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder, Whitesnake , Ted Nugent, Neal Schon and Soul SirkUS, Lynch Mob, as well as diverse artists such as Dolores O’Riordan from the Cranberries. He is currently touring with his solo project and Thin Lizzy (Black Star Riders). – photo by the Hellion
The Dead Daisies put on one of the best sets I have seen in a long, long time. Good old Rock N’ Roll lives on in The Dead Daisies for sure. Big names, big music, without big egos make these guys an all around class act. Thank you gentlemen, from the bottom of our hearts. – Team HellBangs