Renowned guitar virtuoso, Doug Aldrich, is the newest member of music collective, The Dead Daisies. The band will release it third album, Make Some Noise on August 5. Aldrich’s pedigree goes all the way back to his late teens. He released albums with unsung bands like Lion and Bad Moon Rising in the late ’80s and early ’90s, as well as performing on albums by Hurricane and House of Lords. At the turn of the century Aldrich formed Burning Rain, a project that remains close to his heart. Ultimately, Aldrich made a name for himself when he was chosen as Dio’s new guitarist for the Killing the Dragon album in 2002. This opened the door to join Whitesnake a few years later. This month, Metalholic caught up with Aldrich to chat about Make Some Noise, and all The Dead Daisies.
The Dead Daisies were formed in 2012 by former members of INXS, Guns N’ Roses and Mink. The band is comprised of a collective of rotating musicians. Guitarist David Lowy is the only remaining member from the initial incarnation which currently features Aldrich along with vocalist John Corabi (ex-Motley Crue), bassist Marco Mendoza (ex-Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), and drummer Brian Tichy (ex-Foreigner, Billy Idol). Aldrich, who left Whitesnake a few years back, has since recorded a new Burning Rain album, the debut Revolution Saints record, as well as working with rock icon, Glenn Hughes.
Metalholic: Why are The Dead Daisies the right choice for you at this point in your career?
Doug Aldrich: It’s all about personal relationships. When you’re in a band with people, or a collective, as The Dead Daisies is, at this point it’s just nice to know people a little bit. I’ve obviously worked with Marco and Brian in Whitesnake, and I’ve known John Corabi since 1979. We met when we were in school. And I like the Daisies’ music. I thought it was straight up rock and roll—no frills. The other thing is that they were going to record a new record and I thought that would be fun to do.
The Dead Daisies released its self-titled debut in 2013, and followed it up with Revolución in 2015. The band’s sound is a ’70s style of hard rock with a bluesy drive. The new record, Make Some Noise, builds on that foundation with a more ballsy and raw vibe.
MH: How do you see Make Some Noise relative to the previous record, Revolución?
DA: There are some similarities, and then it’s different in certain ways,” Aldrich offers, comparing Revolución to Make Some Noise. “It’s different for me cause it’s a really raw, straight up rock record. Me and David Lowy each took one guitar track, and that’s all we really have on the record. Songwriting wise we went for more of an American/Australian riff-rock type of thing that’s influenced by bands like Aerosmith and AC/DC, and stuff like that.
MH: How did producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Foreigner) impact the new record?
DA: The rawness of the record is one thing where Marti was key on. He was the one who said: “Look, let’s just keep this straight up rock and roll like an Appetite for Destruction kind of sound in terms of; two guitar players: Doug you’re going to be on the left and Dave you’re going to be on the right.” And that’s what we did. He gave me the confidence to do that. Because with Whitesnake and a lot of bands I’ve recorded and written with, we end up putting a lot of tracks on. And it sounds killer. It’s kind of like the old Jimmy Page thing where he’d layer these sections on for certain parts and bring in new sections: And it’s awesome. But there’s also a beauty to the way the Stones did it which is straight in. And The Dead Daisies is closer probably to more of a Stones thing than a Zeppelin thing.
The Dead Daisies are getting ready to tour Europe until they return to the states and join the KISS Freedom to Rock Tour on August 10. Aldrich has his own connection to KISS that goes back to 1982.
MH: Didn’t you once try out for KISS when you were about 18-years-old as Ace Frehley’s replacement?
DA: I met them when I first moved to L.A. It was a full on audition situation and I was just too young for it. But it was a blast. I was playing in a band on the strip, and Eric Carr [late KISS drummer] came out and saw me playing. He was such a really nice guy and he was like “You should really do this. I think you’d be perfect.” So he brought me in and I met Gene and Paul and we auditioned a couple of times and that was it. But Eric Carr was a great dude—a really sweet guy and a great drummer. I’ll never forget, he was in the studio and they’re auditioning me and were playing on some of the tracks as one part of the audition, and I remember him saying, “I want the drums to be big, like really big. Bigger than the biggest drum set I ever had.” He really had this thing, and that’s what they ended up with on the record.
You can listen to the full interview below as Doug talks in detail about Make Some Noise, as well as the band’s upcoming tour with KISS, and his revelations about his favorite records he has recorded on over the years. Catch Doug and The Dead Daisies on tour this summer with KISS and check out their new video for “Long Way to Go”.
Kiss 2016 U.S. Freedom To Rock Tour dates with the Dead Daisies:
Aug. 10 — Green Bay, Wis., Resch Center
Aug. 12 — Fort Wayne, Ind., Allen County War Mem. Coliseum
Aug. 13 — Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
Aug. 15 — Saginaw, Mich., Arena at Dow Event Center
Aug. 17 — Springfield, Ill., Illinois State Fair Grandstand (Illinois State Fair)
Aug. 20 — Rockford, Ill., BMO Harris Bank Center
Aug. 22 — Dayton, Ohio, Wright State University’s Nutter Center
Aug. 24 — Toledo, Ohio, Huntington Center
Aug. 26 — Youngstown, Ohio, Covelli Centre
Aug. 27 — Erie, Pa., Erie Insurance Arena
Aug. 29 — Rochester, N.Y., Blue Cross Arena
Aug. 30 — University Park, Pa., Bryce Jordan Center
Sept. 03 — Worcester, Mass., DCU Center
Sept. 04 — Portland, Maine, Cross Insurance Arena
Sept. 07 — Bridgeport, Conn., Webster Bank Arena
Sept. 09 — Richmond, Va., Richmond Coliseum
Sept. 10 — Huntington, W. Va., Big Sandy Superstore Arena