Marco Mendoza – ‘Viva La Rock’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 04:20

Marco Mendoza artworkIt is often said that if you want anything doing it’s more likely to get done by a busy person.  There can’t be anyone in the music business much busier than Marco Mendoza at the moment.  Off the back of a world tour with The Dead Daisies and recording their new album and touring Europe himself before Christmas, he found time to write and record an album of his own. 


It’s been seven years since his last album and in between then and now he has played in the reformed Thin Lizzy, then the disbanded Thin Lizzy, co-founded the Black Star Riders, left the Black Star Riders etc etc.  So busy, busy, busy!  This album shows off the majority of his musical influences and some of his previous band incarnations.


There is full on rock similar in style to the Daisies in the title track, ‘Viva La Rock’ which carries on with the next track, ‘Sue Is On The Run’, which has a bit of an Aerosmith vibe to it. ‘Rocket Man’ is driven along by the bass drum rhythm, which has a bluesy feel to it.  


‘Sweetest Emotions’ continues in the uptempo rhythm set with the previous tracks, but a funkier style. Then I was taken aback by the opening riff of the next track, as I wasn’t expecting the first cover on the album, Thin Lizzy’s ‘Chinatown’, with  vocals by Mike Tramp and guitar by Richard Fortus.   A damn fine cover it is too, but with names like that on it why would it not be!



‘Love 2 U’ has a jazz funk style that will have you tapping your toes and nodding your head in time with it.  There is only one ballad, called ‘Leah’, a tribute to his current wife and their constant separations due to life on the road, which again reminds me of Aerosmith. 


The second cover is Ted Nugent’s ‘Hey Baby’ before the final original track, ‘Let it Flow’.


If you like good rock music, this should be in your collection.  If you like the Daisies, and the other bands Marco has been in, this will definitely end up in your CD rack and your Spotify playlist.


‘Viva La Rock’ is released on 2 March. You can get your copy HERE.


Marco Mendoza plays the following live dates:



Sunday 18 February – Belfast, Voodoo (with The Pat McManus Band)

Monday 19 February - Edinburgh, Bannermans (with Nitroville)

Tuesday 20 February – Chesterfield, Real Time Live(with Nitroville)

Wednesday 21 February – Camden, Underworld (supporting Little Caesar)


The Dead Daisies return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll in April, in support of their new album, 'Burn It Down', which is released on 6 April:


Sunday 8 - Glasgow, Garage

Monday 9 - Bilston, Robin 2

Tuesday 10 - London, Koko

Thursday 12 - Manchester, Academy 2

Friday 13 - Nottingham, Rock City

Saturday 14 - Bristol, Academy


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