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Returning with their fourth studio album since 2013, hot on the heels of 2017’s live album Live and Louder, The Dead Daisies are a Frankenstinian hybrid of rock history that are resistant to any state of pushing up daisies. Due out on 6th April 2018, Burn It Down employs comrades of Whitesnake, Dio, Journey, Thin Lizzy and Mötley Crüe to produce a self-proclaimed face-melter of an album.

From the starting pistol of ‘Resurrected’ to the checkered flag of ‘Leave Me Alone’, The Dead Daisies show no reserve in peacocking their past fruitions. With the punk urgency of Mötley Crüe and the nasty blues of Whitesnake, The Dead Daisies make their ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ stance on rock music clear.

However, whilst it’s inconceivable to suggest that these musicians lack the soul of rock’n’roll – hell, their collective resume puts to bed any such claim – Burn It Down enters the realm of ‘contrived musical formula’. Jaded lyricism and an unsettling tip-of-the-tongue familiarity to their music may fail to excite some rock fans. On the contrary, Burn It Down could be the long lost [insert 70s/80s hard rock band] album substitute that momentarily settles the baying of the ever-hungry hounds.

Nonetheless, the gargantuan “What Goes Around” is a fierce head-turner of freight train-heavy guitar, whilst “Judgement Day” juxtaposes organic, humble acoustic guitar with an eventual eruption of a nose-scrunching level of gnarly riffage. Mean streaked riffs riddle Burn It Down; a scorching trail of jagged notes that will no doubt elicit highly enthused shrieks of the Spinal Tapism ‘turn it up to eleven!’

Meanwhile, the rugged “Rise Up” is the musical equivalent to Popeye’s tin of spinach: a tangible portion of headstrong revival. “Dead and Gone” struts with all the cool of Steve McQueen, and rightly demonstrates how well the rough edge of John Corabi’s vocals withstands the Herculean strength of The Dead Daisies’ instrumentation where others’ would get swallowed hole.

Standing on the shoulders of giants is the very essence of rock music evolution. It’s Soundgarden standing on Led Zeppelin, standing on Little Richard, standing on Sister Rosetta Tharpe. It’s Tyler Bryant standing on Tom Petty, standing on Elvis Presley, standing on Arthur Crudup. So whilst The Dead Daisies have presented us with a veritable gumbo of their legendary curriculum vitae that has perhaps been re-heated once too many times, it’s important to acknowledge their dedication to fanning the fire of the torch they have all helped to carry.


Catch The Dead Daisies on their Burn It Down tour this year:

UK (with special guests The Treatment & The Amorettes)


Sunday 8th                   Garage                        Glasgow, UK

Monday 9th                  Robin 2                        Bilston, UK

Tuesday 10th                Koko                            London, UK *

Thursday 12th              Academy 2                   Manchester, UK

Friday 13th                   Rock City                     Nottingham, UK *

Saturday 14th               Academy                      Bristol, UK *


EUROPE  (with special guests The New Roses)


Monday 16th                013                               Tilburg, NET

Tuesday 17th                Biebob                          Vosselaar, BEL

Wednesday 18th           Markthalle                    Hamburg, GER

Friday 20th                   Sticky Fingers               Gothenburg, SWE

Saturday 21st                Parkteateret                  Oslo, NOR

Sunday 22nd                Klubben                       Stockholm, SWE

Tuesday 24th                Pumpehuset                 Copenhagen, DEN

Wednesday 25th           Rosenhof                      Osnabrueck, GER

Thursday 26th              Backstage Werk            Munich, GER

Friday 27th                   Barba Negra Track        Budapest, HUN

Sunday 29th                 Simm City                    Vienna, AUS



Tuesday 1st                  Thanks Jimi Festival     Wroclaw, POL

Thursday 3rd                Kesselhaus                   Berlin, GER

Friday 4th                     Schlachthof                  Wiesbaden, GER

Saturday 5th                 Live Music Hall            Cologne, GER

Sunday 6th                   Le Trabendo                 Paris, FRA

Tuesday 8th                  Z7                                Pratteln, SWI

Wednesday 9th            Live Club                     Trezzo (Milan), ITA

Friday 11th                   Zentral                         Pamplona, SPA

Saturday 12th               Mon                             Madrid, SPA


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