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Preview: Dead Daisies to Open for Kiss and Def Leppard

Dead Daisies to Open for Kiss and Def Leppard
Dead Daisies to Open for Kiss and Def LeppardPhoto provided by Dead Daisies

If you’re heading to the Kiss and Def Leppard concert on Sunday, August 24 at First Niagara Pavilion, be sure to arrive early and check out The Dead Daisies, a collective group featuring a rotating line up of musicians from some of classic rock’s most iconic bands.

“We’re good, old-time rock and roll from the 70s and 80s,” said Marco Mendoza, bassist for Dead Daisies. “Inspired by some of the best classic rock bands out there – the stuff we grew up listening to. We’re just a bunch of guys that want to get together and make the best music possible. We get up on the stage and have a good time.”

Driven by big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks, the Dead Daisies plan to warm up the crowd in true rock n’roll fashion. The band has accomplished quite a lot over the last year and a half they’ve been together, including the release of their new EP, “Face I Love” on August 5.

The current Dead Daisies lineup features Jon Stevens (Noiseworks / INXS) on vocals, David Lowy (Mink / Red Phoenix) on guitar, Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses / Psychedelic Furs) on lead guitar, Mendoza (Thin Lizzy / Whitesnake) on bass, Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses / Hookers & Blow) on keyboards and new addition Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol) on drums. While some might have concerns about the rotating lineup, Mendoza says it’s helped them progress as a band. Given that many classic rock bands still touring have members stepping in and out frequently, this is nothing new for fans.

“It’s a project in progress,” said Mendoza. “We all come together when we’re available. We all have other commitments with other bands. I was working with Thin Lizzy when I was approached about joining the group. It sounded really cool and I fell in love with the music. The group has evolved really well and the shows have gone great so we’ve been invited to participate in others. We realized we have something special so now we’re dedicating more time. We’re hoping to keep the same lineup but only time will tell. Musically, I feel like I belong here.”

Of course with any band, there’s usually a good story behind the name and Dead Daisies is no different.

“When founding member Jon Stevens had a close call in the ER it gave him a reason to change his lifestyle a bit or he was going to be ‘pushing daisies,’” said Mendoza. “The light went on and it resonated with him. When I saw the logo, I loved it.”

While the Dead Daisies are in the first slot and limited on product, Mendoza says it allows them to focus on the music because that’s what people should hear and see.

“Come out and hang out and I promise you a great time,” said Mendoza. “You won’t regret it and I’m certain you’ll become a fan.”

The Dead Daisies are the opening act for the Kiss and Def Leppard concert at First Niagara Pavilion on August 24. Tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.com.