Gig review: Black Star Riders and The Dead Daisies at O2 Academy Leeds

Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders. Picture: Alex English
Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders. Picture: Alex English
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The Dead Daisies – do you call them a super group? With their current touring line up you certainly could.

Formed in 2012 by Jon Stevens, former singer of Noiseworks/Inxs, and guitarist David Lowry (Red Phoenix/Mink), The Dead Daisies have opened up for Aerosmith and ZZ Top in Australia, and also played alongside Jane’s Addiction and Alice in Chains as part of the massive Uproar Festival in early 2013, which took them through the US and Canada.

Now embarking on an 18-date UK tour as special guests of the Black Star Riders, the line-up currently includes lead/rhythm guitarist Richard Forteous (Thin Lizzy/Guns N Roses), drummer Charlie Drayton (The Cult), bassist Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) and bringing his blues rock energy, keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N Roses).

Introducing the crowd to their new album, The Dead Daises acknowledge we may not yet be familiar with what they have to offer. Playing the aptly titled It’s Gonna Take Time, new song Angel in Your Eyes and Stevens own song Fly, they bring you stylish classic rock melded with blues. You can feel the bands energy and the crowd approves as they launch in to their new single Lock ‘n’ Load, co-written by the near-legendary Slash. Finishing the set with a cover of The Beatles’ Helter Skelter. The Dead Daises leave you with that high energy rock feeling you get from seeing accomplished musicians perform a tight, professional set and these guys certainly have plenty of experience under their belts. There is nothing dead about this band. A great act to be supporting The Black Star Riders.

Black Star Riders, the offshoot band of Thin Lizzy and fronted by Ricky Warwick, are back in town having spent the year touring, playing festivals and promoting their new album All Hell Breaks Loose and it’s the title track they open tonight’s show with.

Full of energy and bound for glory, Thin Lizzy legend Scott Gorham (lead guitars) along with former members Marco Mendosa (bass) and Damon Johnson (guitar), rock the crowd with their colourful playing, backed up by Jimmy De Grasso belting out the drums.

This new line-up feels at home playing Lizzy classics of Jailbreak, Emerald and Cowboy Song as Warwick struts, pouts and works the stage, interacting with the band and crowd with his singing/guitar posing performance.

The Black Star Riders have maintained the spirit of Thin Lizzy through their new songs, something Phil Lynott would be proud of, and at the same time have injected something fresh and exciting to their music, thus sustaining Lizzy’s reputation.

Encoring with Whiskey in The Jar and Rosalie (a Bob Seger cover), you are left kissing the ground they walk on. Long may BSR continue to bring together crowds of all ages uniting aging rockers and young fans alike.

Gig date: December 8

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