The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK)

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THE DEAD DAISIES / THE NEW ROSES

Date: 24th April, 2018
Venue: Pumpehuset
Tickets: 225DKK (€30/$35)
Promoter: Livenation.dk
Photos: Erika Wallberg


I was surprised to see THE NEW ROSES night-liner parked outside Pumpehuset in sync with THE DEAD DAISIES' bus. First, it's not common for the opening act to have a vehicle like that and certainly not with the bands' logo printed all over it. Cool! Seems like I've been missing out.

Again I haven't do my homework very well and missed to check out THE NEW ROSES prior to the show. This type of Hard Rock works really well in Denmark. But of course, they're a hardworking band also and that paid off. I liked what I heard too, opening “Every Wildheart” woke people up and made them move closer to the stage. The venue wasn't full at this point but was filling up good and the longer the show went the more crowded it became in the front rows. “Dancing On A Razorblade” was another good song. I really enjoyed Timmy Rough's voice; he had a nice rasp but still a very good range and tone. But there's something with the styles of Rock and Hard Rock which requires some groove and filth. I guess it sounds strange to complain about music being too perfect. But that's the case, it becomes too neat and precise which makes it lose that Rock'n'roll nerve. With THE NEW ROSES this was a very small issue; they are great musicians and cool to watch. But I could have taken a little more sweat and dirt in the whole sound. It actually happened in “One More For The Road” towards the end of the set. This one had the right oomph to it and went down really well. It was very cool to see that the crowd joined in with the band and sang along to the songs. Also set-closer “Thirsty” worked fine and Pumpehuset was for sure heated up good for THE DEAD DAISES.

THE NEW ROSES setlist:

01. “Every Wildheart”
02. “Forever Never Comes”
03. “Gimme Your Love”
04. “Dancing on a Razorblade”
05. “It's a Long Way”
06. “Devil's Toys”
07. “One More for the Road”
08. “Thirsty”

THE NEW ROSES

The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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A short change-over brought out the new and in the old... The daisies are definitely not dead though. Nope, the opposite, highly alive and vibrant. THE DEAD DAISIES show at 'Sweden Rock Festival' was one of my absolute favorites of the festival, in fact one of my all-time favorites last year. Which of course had set my expectations very high for this night. The downside was that there was no photo-pit this night and since Pumpehuset was closed to sold out it was impossible to move around. The upside to that was that I got a spot right in-front of the Golden Boy (John Corabi's words, golden hair, golden guitar and golden fingers...) Doug Aldrich with a full view over his gear. I love his style of playing. He has that old-school vibe, most of it is in his fingers and he's working hard with the tone and making the guitar work for the sound. The effects are used tastefully and not for the sake of an effect. It's still a lot of fun watching him operate it all. This of course made the rest of the band land a bit in the shade. I'll pay more focus to them the next time...

The show started as the brand new record “Burn It Down” does with fantastic opener “Resurrected” followed by “Rise Up” and it sure sounded good. It was just as intense and groove as it was the last time. Two real highlights were; “Mexico” and “What Goes Around”. I love the Blues-y groove in the latter of the two and the dynamics of the song works perfect for the stage. I was really looking forward to the guitar-solo and it was a real treat to get to watch Doug from up close. It's always more enjoyable to really see and feel these sections of a show. I mean, I had the amp straight in front of my face could feel it all. It's always loud in Denmark as compared to Sweden and here that was definitely a plus.

The addition of Deen Castronovo on drums does a lot too. His energy reaches all the way out of stage but I think he could have gotten more space and done a little more with his solo. The real impressive part came with the introduction of the band where each member got their own theme song and Deen got to sing a few phrases of the KISS-classic “Rock And Roll All Nite”. His voice is as good as his drumming, that's for sure. Even if this part was flowing smoothly the second half of the show didn't have the same intensity as the first. Musically it was the same nerve and drive but it felt like it got a little messy and not very focused between the songs which reduced the pace. Compared to 'Sweden Rock Festival' THE DEAD DAISIES had more stage-time here which might be the cause for this. If they'd managed to keep it all up from start to end, they would again have ended up on the top of the list of best shows of the year. It was still very good of course and musically it doesn't get much better. Two more favorites ended the main set; first out was “Long Way To Go” which was followed by “Midnight Moses” a cover-song originally released by THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY band. I normally don't cheer on covers but this one is a special one. It suites THE DEAD DAISIES’ style perfectly. As odd as it is it still grooves and definitely left the crowd wanting more.

“Judgement Day” came first of the encores. Another good piece of music and then, for a while I was disappointed with the choice to have DEEP PURPLE's “Highway Star” as the set closer. That was until Doug took on the organ-solo on guitar. That was really cool and sounded very much like the original. As did the guitar-solo too. It's really petty things to complain about as the show was really good. THE DEAD DAISIES are a lot of fun to watch and they're definitely one of the most vibrant live-bands around.

THE DEAD DAISIES setlist:

01.  “Resurrected”
02.  “Rise Up”
03.  “Make Some Noise”
04.  “Song and a Prayer”
05.  “Dead and Gone”
06.  “Mexico”
07.  “What Goes Around”
08.  Guitar Solo
09.  “Last Time I Saw the Sun”
10.  “Can't Take It With You”
11.  “All the Same”
12.  Drum Solo
13.  “Bitch” (THE ROLLING STONES cover)
14.  “With You and I”
15.  “Rock and Roll All Nite” / “Highway to Hell” / “The Boys Are Back in Town” / “Smoke on the Water” / “Heaven and Hell” (KISS / AC/DC / THIN LIZZY / DEEP PURPLE / BLACK SABBATH)
16.  “Mainline”
17.  “Long Way to Go”
18.  “Midnight Moses” (THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND cover)
19.  “Judgement Day”
20.  “Highway Star” (DEEP PURPLE cover)

THE DEAD DAISIES

The New Roses @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) The Dead Daisies @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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