The Dead Daisies are a loud and proud 'American Band'

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Not many bands today can match the airline miles that The Dead Daisies have racked up over the past year.

The Daisies have played in Japan, Denmark, France, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Scotland and South Korea. That means a ton of free trips and perks from all those flights.

But talk with lead singer John Corabi and he said it's all about rock and roll.

"It's all about playing in front of those fans and bringing out music to as many people as possible," Corabi said during a recent phone interview. "We never get tired stepping on that stage and playing. This is the life."

The Dead Daisies features rockers Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink). The band has been on tour for over a year since their album "Make Some Noise" dropped in Aug 2016 and their live epic "Live and Louder" has earn rave reviews in 2017.


But it's their recent take on the Grand Funk Railroad classic "We're an American Band" that has fans clogging up the internet.

"We released the video on July 4th and had a million combined views within 20 days," he said. "We are so humbled by the reaction and thank our fans for the support. This was pretty awesome."

Corabi said the band's love of the track lent itself to a live cover one day on tour and the response they received gave them an idea .

"We performed it for the troops in South Korea and then we played it during our European tour," he said. "I would look down and see the fans singing the song word-for-word and we thought this would be great to record. That song is so powerful and people all around the world love that song. We knew we were not alone."

The Dead Daisies - We're An American Band (Live)

The Daisies are not shy about doing covers as they've put their stamp on classics from The Who, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

"People ask us a lot why we do so many covers," he said. "I say that we're no different than the people who come to see us. We're music fans ourselves and we love these songs. These are the songs that touched us growing up or maybe a band we saw live when we were kids. It's priceless to see a person's reaction when you start playing 'American Band' or 'Join Together.' It's why we are on the stage in the first place."


The intense reaction on the internet from the "We're An American Band" video is nothing new for The Dead Daisies, who have a huge following on the net and feel that Twitter, YouTube and social media are the here and now and bands have needed to adapt to the new territory in order to survive in the music business.

"I have to take my hat off to our management for turning us on to social media," he said. "The music business today is even harder than it was back in the day. Back then, you made demos and went out and got a record deal. Now, you are pretty much on your own even with a record deal. There is no MTV and radio airplay for a rock band is non-existent. So it is hard to get a hold of the fans. You have to utilize social media to build your fan base."

And The Daisies have done just that, earning over 1 million views from "Long Way To Go," the first single off of "Make Some Noise" and band members are always making videos for their fans...whether its a Q&A or maybe some guitar tips...they stay connected.

Corabi said that the internet is for music lovers and has turned into the new "record store" for a new generation and YouTube has become a godsend for new bands.

"YouTube is the new MTV," he said. "Music lovers can hop on and watch any of the new music that pops up on their screen. You have to reach those potential fans. Unless you're a major artist, you don't have a huge marketing machine behind you. So you have to take it upon yourself as a band to stay on social media and get your videos out there.

"YouTube is the Global Jukebox."

The Dead Daisies - Midnight Moses


The Daisies are in the final stretch of tour dates for 2017 and you'd expect the band to take a breather. Not the Daisies.

Corabi said the band is ready for more.

"Our schedule is brutal, but we're not stopping," he said. "We get off the road from the U.S. tour on Sept. 2 and take a break before going right back in the studio in October or early November."

And don't expect to wait too long for a new Dead Daisies album either.

"We have it down to a science," he said. "It isn't easy since we all live in different areas of the world. We'll get together for 10 days and all five of us with sit in a room in a circle and play through song ideas. Someone will come in with a riff and we'll just build a song around it. We come up with 22 ideas and 12 of the best will go on the record. So we'll record those and mix them down and have it all done in a month. It is a little nerve wracking, but for us, when we get together we can't waste time. We work 7 days a week until we've got the album done. I love the creative process with these guys. We're a very cohesive unit."

The Dead Daisies are set to perform Wednesday at the Gas Monkey Bar and Grill in Dallas.