The Dead Daisies - Hamburg, Hard Rock Café - 3rd August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Colin Hunt   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 03:00

Being a lifelong fan of Thin Lizzy, it was a no brainer when a couple of years ago I got the chance to see Black Star Riders in Bournemouth while visiting my parents. One of the support bands that night was The Dead Daisies. My wife and I instantly fell in love with their music, so when I heard that they would be performing a free acoustic set at the Hard Rock Café in Hamburg, it became the must go to event of the month.




The Hard Rock Café in Hamburg is located in the harbour area by Landungsbrücken. It isn’t the largest of venues, with a bar that is far bigger than the stage. Also, being primarily a restaurant there are a lot of tables that take up space. When I got there I was lucky enough to grab the last seats by the bar. So with a drink in hand I waited for my wife to arrive and then for the band to start playing. Once my wife did arrive, which wasn’t that long after I had, we ordered something to eat and waited.


When the band took to the stage the volume in the room greatly increased and you could tell it was going to be a great night. The band settled themselves on their stools and got ready. “How are you?” asked John Corabi, which was quickly followed by a chorus of responses from the audience. “Where are we? Are we in Hamburg?” was asked next, followed by an even louder chorus of confirmations.


DD John


To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be seeing and hearing at an acoustic set by this group of talented musicians, especially as the live set is so full of energy. In the end though we got to hear an excellent mixture of original songs with some classic covers thrown in. The show consisted of a good mix of slow blues, great rhythms and some rock ’n ’roll for old times’ sake.


From the first album we got to hear ‘Lock ‘N’ Load’. From ‘Revolucion’ we heard ‘With You And I’, ‘Something I Said’, ‘Midnight Moses’ and ‘Mexico’. ‘Midnight Moses’ wasn’t originally on the planned set list, but someone in the audience called it out as a request. Initially John Corabi said “Don’t know if we can play that one”, but with bassist Marco Mendoza indicating that they should try it. They did and it went really well, with an excellent guitar solo and instrumental section in the middle.


DD Marco


Of the new songs played, the only ones I recognised were, ‘Long Way To Go’ and ‘Last Time I Saw The Sun’. The covers we heard were ‘All Right Now’ (Free), ‘Maggie May’ (Rod Stewart) and for the encore ‘Honky Tonk Women’ (Rolling Stones) and ‘Hush’ (Billy Joe Royal/Deep Purple/Kula Shaker).


One of the fun aspects of the concert was when the band members were being introduced. Marco performed a neat bass solo, for Doug Aldrich (guitar) they played a bit of ‘Whole Lotta Love’, for Brian Titchy (drums) it was ‘Smoke On The Water’, we had an excellent guitar solo from David Lowy and ‘Walk This Way’ for John Corabi (vocals).




An excellent night and we both went home feeling very happy. The band, well they went on to play the Wacken festival the next day. I’m really looking forward to buying the new album ‘Make Some Noise’ that is now available and also to seeing them in December when they return to Hamburg to play at the Knust with The Answer.


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