Dead Daisies & Tygers of Pan Tang
Venue: 02 Academy, NewcastleDate: 15 November 2018
a grueling 3 days rocking out as HRH XI, it was a short rest
bite then it was back on the gig trail once more and what
better way than to re-live two of the outstanding bands from
the weekend. I’m talking about the Tygers of Pan
Tang and the HRH headliners The Dead Daises.
up proceeding were local hero’s Tygers of Pan Tang, a band
that I have followed from when I was knee high to a Marshall
Amp. The band rocked out of Whitley Bay on N.W.O.B.H.M.
wave and for me, the band were never Heavy Metal, but pure
Hard Rock and this is has been the mantle for Robb Weir, the
only original member of the band, to take the band forward.
the years there have been many line-up changes, but this
line-up is in my opinion, the best its been. Jacopo
Meille is a top notch vocalist, Craig Ellis is a great
drummer, Gav Gray is a hell of bass player and what can I
say about Micky Crystal, this guy is a guitar legend in the
band hit the stage to rapturous cheers to the intro of Mud's
'Tiger Feet', the Tygers roared into action. As local
boys they had the crowd behind them from the start, as they
opened things up with ‘Only the Brave’ from the bands
latest album, before rolling back the years to the 'Crazy
Nights' album for ‘Love Don’t Stay’. I must say
that this line-up really does breathe new life into the
classic Tygers tracks, making them sound fresher and edgier
than ever before. This was even more evident as they
kept to the 'Crazy Nights' album a superb rendition of
‘Gangland’, with Weir and Crystal dueling out the licks
on this one.
was over to one of my favourite Tygers album's
‘Spellbound’ for ‘Take It’, with Meille really
bringing the vocal heat to this one. There aren’t
many bands who are can outshine their legacy, but the Tygers
are certainly doing juts that.
was on to the 'Wildcat' album for the fantastic
‘Euthanasia’, before returning to the latest album for
the superb ‘Glad Rags’. This blues driven rocker
really had the crowd rocking along, as they continued to do
for the latest single ‘The Devil You Know’.
was back to the classics for the excellent ‘Suzie
Smiled’, which perhaps should have been renamed "Robb
Smiled", as the main man had a smile from ear to ear as
he rocked out the licks on this classic.
band's all too short set came to an end with ‘Hellbound’,
which wrapped up another great set from one of the hardest
working bands who headed off to sunny Spain for a few
gigs. After those shows they'll be back to work on the
new album which is due out early next year.
Now for the headliners The Dead Daisies, formed by Jon Stevens and David Lowy back in 2013. The singer-songwriter and guitarist got together after David Edwards, ex-manager of INXS, reintroduced them and the rest shall we say, is history.
have been a few band changes over the past few years, but
this line-up of Lowy, Marco Mendoza (bass), John Corabi
(lead vocals), Doug Aldrich (lead guitar) and newest member
Deen Castronovo (drums), has to be ranked as the best.
This who’s who of rock have come together to bring hard
rock back to where it should be, and with the new album
'Burn it Down' released last April, the band have been on
the road ever since and tonight gave us a two hour rock show
of the highest quality
the intro 'Rock n' Roll Outlaws' faded away, the band opened
up the next two hours of non-stop rock n' roll with the Alex
Harvey Band cover ‘Midnight
A cover to open a show I hear you say! Well if you
gonna cover a classic then make it your own and the DD’s
sure did that. Corabi has the vocal power to carry
this one off and with a star-studded band behind him, this
was a winner all the way.
set continued with ‘Evil’ from the 'Revolucion' album
and from the off Doug Aldrich was on fire from the off, as
he lit up the Les Paul.
was over to the 'Make Some Noise' album for the title track,
before rocking on with ‘Rise Up’ from the brand new
album ‘Burn It Down’. This was meat and bones rock
n' roll that showcased perfectly just what this band are
good time rocking didn’t stop as the guys rocked on with
the ‘Dead and Gone’, with Corabi unleashing those bluesy
driven raspy vocals the great effect. Yeah the guy
might have been misplaced replacing Vince Neil in Motley
Crue, but you can't deny he has one hell of a rock voice and
personally I like that Motley Crue album.
rocking never stopped as they continued to whip up a storm
with ‘What Goes Around' and 'Resurrected'.
for me it was the mid-set acoustic set that was just
wonderful. They didn’t perform this in the set in
Wales and I wish they had because this showed the true
talent within this band, with Castronovo (or as he has been
donned by the Newcastle crowd “DEENO”), put a great
vocal to Rod Steward ‘Maggie May’
the acoustic interlude it was back to the full electric
attack with the current single ‘Burn It Down’, again
with Corabi’s bluesy driven vocal really bringing this one
intros don’t come any better than Daisy style, as each
member showed off their prowess to a different song for each
For Lowy it was 'You Shook Me All Night Long'.
For Mendoza it was ‘I Love Rock n' Roll’. For
Deeno it was Alice Cooper's 'Schools Out', and for Aldrich
it was 'Long Live Rock n' Roll'. Then for the main man
himself, Corabi has ‘I Know It's Only Rock n' Roll But I
this band comes a few covers as the album show and one of
the best of the night was the Rolling Stones cover 'Bitch',
which gave Corabi a chance to show off his Jagger swagger.
set was rounded off in splendid style with a cover of the
Beatles 'Helter Skelter', before the band left the stage to rapturous
cheers and chants for more, and more we got as we set on
down South of the border with excellent ‘Mexico’, before
rounding off one of the gigs of the year with a little Deep
Purple and 'Highway Star'.
aren’t many bands around who kicked off in 2013 and can
put together a non-stop two hours of great rock n' roll and
the Dead Daises showed tonight how it done.
The super-group moniker has been attached to this band by many, but all I saw was five like minded musicians doing what they do best and loving every minute of it. Long may it continue!
Review & Photos by: Barry McMinn & Little Linda
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