The Dead Daisies–featuring ex-members of Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe, Dio, and Pride & Glory–play Vancouver tonight

The DDs in Montreal last Wednesday

By Steve Newton

Any Vancouverites up for a rowdy evening of ’80-style hard-rock tonight?

The Dead Daisies, a guitar-rock collective originally formed in 2012 by Australian businessman-turned-rocker David Lowy, plays the Hollywood Theatre in Kits tonight (Saturday, September 2).

In previous incarnations the group has included such old-school rock dudes as vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Blue Öyster Cult), bassist Darryl Jones (the Rolling Stones), drummer Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath), and various ex- and current members of Guns N’ Roses (Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Gilby Clarke).

The good news is that the current lineup includes guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), drummer Brian Tichy (Pride & Glory, Ozzy Osbourne), and singer John Corabi, who took over from Vince Neil in Mötley Crüe for a few years in the ’90s. Rounding out the group are guitarist Lowy and new bassist Michael Devin.

The Dead Daisies 2023

But wait: there’s more good news. The opening acts for tonight’s gig are the Wild!, a gritty quartet out of Kelowna, and everybody’s favourite Vancouver power trio, La Chinga, who will be showcasing tunes from their upcoming album, Primal Forces.

There will be riffs.

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