THE DEAD DAISIES — the hard rock "collective" founded by Australian musician and businessman David Lowy — will embark on a massive European tour this spring/simmer — a combination of arena and amphitheater shows with both JUDAS PRIEST and FOREIGNER, performing at some of the most famous and coveted festivals such as Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium and Hellfest in France, as well as an exciting array of headline performances.
THE DEAD DAISIES will be touring in support of its as-yet-untitled fifth album, which was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in the south of France with producer Ben Grosse. Due in late May, the follow-up to 2018's "Burn It Down", will be the band's first to feature Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), who joined the group last year as its new bassist and vocalist, replacing John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE) and Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY).
THE DEAD DAISIES tour dates:
May 29 - Turock - Essen, Germany
June 01 - Song Festival Grounds - Tallinn, Estonia *
June 03 - Yubileyny Hall - St Petersburg, Russia *
June 05 - Megasport Arena - Moscow, Russia *
June 09 - Lucerna Music Bar - Prague, Czech Republic
June 10 - Hirsch - Nuremberg, Germany
June 12 - Nova Rock Festival - Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 13 - Freilichtbuhne Killesberg - Stuttgart, Germany #
June 16 - Spodek - Katowice, Poland #
June 18 - Rock the Ring Festival - Hinwil, Switzerland
June 20 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
June 21 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
June 23 - Stadtpark - Hamburg, Germany #
June 24 - Arena - Oberhausen, Germany *
June 27 - Rock The Night Festival - Madrid, Spain
June 30 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 01 - Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
July 03 - Capitol - Hannover, Germany
July 04 - MMC Club - Bratislava, Slovakia
July 07 - Conrad Sohm - Dornbirn, Austria
July 08 - Live Club - Milan, Italy
July 10 - Backstage Werk - Munich, Germany
July 11 - Columbia Theater - Berlin, Germany
July 13 - Budapest Arena - Budapest, Hungary *
July 14 - Stozice Arena - Ljubljana, Slovenia *
July 17 - Faliro Olympic Indoor Hall - Athens, Greece *
July 19 - Midalidare Estates - Sofia, Bulgaria *
July 21 - Arenele Romane - Bucharest, Romania *
* with JUDAS PRIEST
# with FOREIGNER
Last month, Aldrich told Guitar Interactive Magazine about the forthcoming album from THE DEAD DAISIES: "The new record is kick-ass. [Glenn is] on fire. It's a different sound than anything he's done, maybe, before — definitely different for me. Of course, I was sorry to see John and Marco go, but Glenn is killing it. He's a legend and he is who he is. There's a reason why he's called the 'Voice Of Rock.' He brings it every day."
Aldrich, who played guitar for Hughes's solo band on tour in Europe, South America and Japan prior to joining THE DEAD DAISIES, said that it was "amazing" to reconnect with Glenn. "We were talking about doing some recording together maybe at some point; it just never happened," the guitarist said. "He got in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and then he got so busy with his 'Hughes Plays Deep Purple' [tour], [and] I was busy with THE DAISIES. But then something happened, and John Corabi wanted to have some free time to do his own thing, and Marco too. And [Lowy and the rest of THE DEAD DAISIES camp] started talking to Glenn, and they said, 'Hey, we're talking to Glenn Hughes.' I go, 'Man, that would be amazing.'"
Hughes told "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" at last month's NAMM show that THE DEAD DAISIES's new album is "a beautiful piece of music." He described the LP's musical direction as "classic rock," adding that "it's a groovy album. It's got a lot of melodies to it. It's what you can imagine with me joining them — what could have happened and what has happened. It's a very interesting piece of music."
Hughes went on to praise Lowy, saying that collaborating with THE DEAD DAISIES leader — who is also the son of billionaire Frank Lowy, the founder of one of the biggest retail groups in the world, Westfield — was a "wonderful" experience. "He's a studious guitar player," Glenn said. "He works his socks off. With Doug playing lead, David plays rhythm, it's a good combination with me playing the way I play."
Last August, THE DEAD DAISIES released "Righteous Days", the band's first song to feature Hughes.
According to Wikipedia, since the band's formation in 2012, THE DEAD DAISIES has featured two dozen different members (including "session" players and "temporary substitutes"), including drummer Brian Tichy (FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE), GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus and GN'R keyboardist Dizzy Reed. The group has toured with the likes of AEROSMITH, KISS and BLACK STAR RIDERS.
Known as the "voice of rock," the 68-year-old Hughes is best known for fronting the Mk. III and Mk. IV lineups of DEEP PURPLE in the mid-1970s and for singing on BLACK SABBATH's 1986 album "Seventh Star". He was replaced by Ray Gillen after only six live performances with the band.
In 2009, Hughes formed BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, SONS OF APOLLO) and drummer Jason Bonham (BONHAM, FOREIGNER). Hughes recently told Midlands Metalheads Radio that the group will reunite to record its fifth album in January of 2021.
Photo courtesy of THE DEAD DAISIES Facebook page