Dead Daisies Deliver Riveting Tour-Opening Show
The Dead Daisies delivered an impressive spellbinding tour opener in Lake Park, Florida, on Wednesday night (June 23) with a captivating set of the band’s early work along with new material woven into the fabric of a two-hour-and-ten-minute set of pure sonic fusion.
It was the first concert for the quartet since the pandemic began; the latest incarnation of the collective supergroup includes some of rock’s very best, including founding Daisies member David Lowy, who spent the night on his intricate rhythm guitar, along with frontman Glenn Hughes on lead vocals and finger picking the bass, Doug Aldrich ripping on guitar, and Tommy Clufetos pounding on the drums. Now unleashed from the pandemic, the band was glad to be touring again; the smiles across their faces showed it. The band’s infectious humility and gratitude were reflected upon several times by Hughes in between songs; the band understands and appreciates the faithful audience who came to support them.
The band looked fresh, full of vim and vigor; combined with the wonderfully virtuosic voice of Hughes together with conventional and extended guitar techniques from Aldrich and Lowy gave an intense rock show to a concert-starved South Florida audience. Hughes’ vocal range remains impressive. It was Clufetos’ drum solo midway through the show that gave rise to an evocative musical journey.
Flowing almost incessantly, the Daisies opened with “Unspoken,” a track from the band’s latest album Holy Ground, released in January. The band then kicked things into overdrive, getting fists in the air and delivering a non-stop set that included “Insurrected,” “Chosen and Justified,” “Evil,” “Rise Up,” “Bustle and Flow,” “Lock ‘N’ Load,” “Come Alive,” “Song and a Prayer,” “Midnight Moses,” drum solo, “Righteous Days,” “My Fate,” “Leave Me Alone,” “Fortunate Son,” “Mexico,” “Like No Other,” “Holy Ground,” “Long Way to Go,” “Burn It Down,” and “Mistreated.”
An invigorating performance by the Dead Daisies left little to question. Well shaped from the start, each of the four moving parts of the band delivered an impressive set, resulting in a spirit of genuine rediscovery. In the end it was the audience that left with a resounding commitment that will keep the band relevant for years to come.