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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...9/15/16

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 09/15/2016

"Make Some Noise," is our first CD with Doug Aldrich and it's just kick in the teeth rock; from the first track to the last it just kicks ass," says lead singer John Corabi of Dead Daisies. "The record, the tour, it's all going great; the response from the crowds, the promoters, they've all been great too!" 

Corabi took some time recently to discuss the band's formation, their unique name, music and more prior to a recent gig at New York City's Webster Hall.  "Our name? Well, that's interesting enough as it is. David Lowy started the band in 2012 but with a different singer and it was he who said something to the effect of, "I'll be pushing up Daisies if I don't slow down;""so it was how it came to be." 

Corabi, as stated, is not the first but the current front man / lead vocalist and has a rich history of stops prior to settling in with the Daisies. Once having fronted bands such as Angora and Scream, he may be best known for assuming the role of Vince Neal's replacement in Motley Crue. "Honestly? You know how they say that being in a band is like being in a relationship and you go through relationships until you find "The One?" "Well I thought for sure that being in Motley Crue; that they were the one. We had just done a record deal and with the way those guys talked about Vince; I really thought that I'd be there for quite a while but it just didn't work out. I don't have any regrets, no regrets at all because I'm happy here; everything is and life is as it should be." 

Besides Corabi and rhythm guitarist/founder Lowy, The Dead Daisies consist of lead guitarist Doug Aldrich, bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Brian Tichy. A core of veteran musicians who bring not only individuality but experience and passion to the stage every time they set foot upon it. "We literally just got back last night from a show with KISS and we've got some more shows lined up with them," adding that opening for one of the most well known rock bands in the world opens up doors and creates some added incentive. "Doing shows like these are definitely momentum builders. We are hoping to build enough where we get to the point where we are headlining shows. We are really excited about what we are creating here and what the five of us can accomplish." 

Aldrich, the newest member, comes to the band via Whitesnake and Dio and fellow Whitesnake alum Mendoza works very well with former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tichy and founder Lowy to create a solid core which allows Corabi freedom to showcase his strong vocal talents. "We have a couple of different goals as a band," stated Corabi with laughter. "One, we want to sell one more record than "Thriller" and two, if that doesn't work out we've decided we're going to become peanut farmers and make peanut butter; it's a long story (laughs)!" 

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Since hitting the road in 2013, the band has produced several studio albums, an EP and opened for such classic rock luminaries as, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Def Leopard, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. They have performed in Tel Aviv and Cuba and continue to break new ground and attract new fans with every city they embrace.  Corabi looks back fondly on these events and his career with an eye to the future and what he feels this group can accomplish. "Ya' know, I'm a blessed guy; I really am. there's probably a gazillion singers more talented than I and yet I somehow was fortunate enough to be in the right places at the right times. That's what it all comes down to really; timing. I have been lucky to be with some really great people and these guys; these guys are great. I look back over my career and being in the bands that I've been in, there has been something, some experience in each and every one of them that was unique, new or memorable. The things this band has done and in the short time I've been with them, what we have done is very satisfying and we feel that we can only get better; we look forward to what's ahead." 

The band heads over to Japan, Mexico then Europe after a show at the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. To keep up with their busy schedule or discover more about the Dead Daisies; please visit

That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!

This week's event listings

Alchemist & Barrister
28 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-5555
Wed. 10 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Amalfi's Restaurant & Bar
146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Road Lawrenceville
(609) 912-1500
Fri. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Sat. 9 p.m. Papa DeLux & MSG
Amarones Windsor Inn
29 Church Street Windsor
(609) 448-7144
Fri. 8 p.m. Meg Hanson Band feat. Billy Hill
Sat. 8 p.m. Tony Milandro
Backstage at Championship Bar 
931 Chambers Street Trenton
Fri. 7 p.m. Fell Into Yesterday, Don't Tell Lucy, Here For The Night, Oral Support, Prince & Beggar. All ages, $10
Sat. 5 p.m. Paper Machines, Ingdorf, Doing Better, Bodies Under Siege, Imankita, The Black Sox Scandal, Cut The Act. All ages, $10 
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 245-8887
Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam 
Bowman's Tavern
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Neal Podgurski Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 8 p.m. David Dales Trio
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Chuck Donches 
Tues. 6 p.m. Diane & PK Lavengood
Wed. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton
(609) 695-9612
 Sat. 3 p.m. M'Balia Quartet. $10 (cover charge includes buffet)
Chickie's & Pete's
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-9182
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat. The Dawgs
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia 
Dempster's Pub
437 Pine Street Mount Holly
(609) 261-0500
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. DJ DNIAL
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Chris
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
(215) 788-2855
Thurs. 8 p.m. Derek Crider
Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. Cecil Middleton (9 p.m.) Soul Custody Trio
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch Jam" feat. Jazz 180 (9 p.m.) The Mix
Sun. 4 p.m. Visson
Wed. 8 p.m. Dick Gratton
Fran's Pub
116 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
Fro. 8 p.m. Laurie Vosburg & 519 South
Sat. 8 p.m. Inflexables
Sun. 2 p.m. Stolen Rhodes
Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam
All shows age 21+
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. 
(215) 862-9897
Fri. 8 p.m. Jon Herrington Band. Doors at 6 p.m., $25 (advance) 
Sat. 7 p.m. Andy Fair-Weather Low & The Low Riders / Alex Skolnick Trio. Doors at 6 p.m., $44 (advance) 
Sun. 8 p.m. Derek Forbes & the New Invasion. Doors at 6 p.m., $20
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
(609) 737-4465
Thurs. 6 p.m. Jazz on Purpose
Fri. 6 p.m. Craig Leach Group
Sat. 6 p.m. Acoustic Road
Sun. 2 p.m."Jazzy Sundays" feat. Sergio & Lars
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6 p.m. Sofia Nicole 
Sat. 3 p.m. Jazz w/ Keith & Scot
Sun. 2 p.m. Bob Daley
Ivy Tavern 
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Ernie White Band
Sat. 9 p.m. Stage Hamz
Tues. 7 p.m. Teddy Z Jam
All shows 21+
John & Peter's 
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Wed. 9:30 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publik House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166
Fri. 5 p.m. 94.5 PST "Work Release Party"
Sat. 4 p.m. "Chowderfest & Fundraiser" feat. Radio Fiction
Langhorne Hotel
100 West Maple Avenue Langhorne, PA
(215) 757-9295
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Thurs. 7 p.m. "2016 Laurita Idol Singing Showcase" Adult Idol Tryouts
Sat. 1 p.m. Gregg Parker
Sun. 1 p.m. "Blessing of The Grapes" feat. First Call
Wed. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out" 
Levitt Amp Trenton 2016 Music Series
Capital Green @ 201 Barrack Street Trenton
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Alita Moses w/ Ode To Omni
Mamma Rosa's 
572 Klockner Road Hamilton 
(609) 588-5454
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Schneider
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 949-9570
Thurs. 10:30 p.m."Beer Pong" w/ DJ RV & MC Slim
Fri. 9 p.m. Pixie & Company
Sat. 9 p.m. "College House / Hip-Hop Party" feat. DJ RV & MC Slim
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Millhill Basement
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-1600
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase
O'Connor's American Bar & Grille
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton Mt. Holly
(609) 261-1555
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Radio Fiction
Sat. 6 p.m. "Half Way to St. Patrick's Day" feat. (8 p.m.)The Kennedys
Olde Liberty Tavern
2114 Liberty Street Trenton
(609) 396-2262
Sat. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
(609) 838-7979
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21 +
Patriots Crossing
1339 River Rd. Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Fri. 8 p.m. DT & the Burnerz
Sat. 8 p.m. Blues In Disguise
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Out Of The Red
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Herd Of Blues
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 424-3766
Fri. 8 p.m. Jack Oblivian & the Sheiks. $10
RHO Waterfront
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. 10 p.m. "College Night" w/ DJ Paul Desisto. Ages 21+ (2 IDs required), $15 ($5 w/ valid college ID) 
Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour Buffet, $10 (8:30 p.m.) Amazin' Grace Little Band
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Mr. Chris & Alley       
1867 Sanctuary 
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Sun. 3 p.m. "My Legacy - Quartervois" Papa Carl Anderson CD Release Party feat. Ernie White, Lisa Bouchelle, Guy DeRosa, Dori Sabella, Hal Jordon Ketofsky, Lindsay Ketofsky, Tony D'Aulerio. $20
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road Wrightstown
(609) 286-2300
Fri. (10 a.m.) Live NJ 101.5 radio Broadcast w/ Dennis & Judi (10 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 10 p.m. Out Of The Red
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 426-9345
Fri. 9 p.m. Pretty Baby
Sat. 9 p.m. Black Rose
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night 
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m,. The Drunk Monkeys
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Wed. 8 p.m. (TBA)
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. River Dogs
Sat. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. "Wednesday Wheel Night Spin To Win Karaoke" w/ DJ Rockn Ron
The Record Collector 
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 324-0880
Sat. 8 p.m. Joe Zook & Steve Guyger. All ages, Doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (advance)
The Roost 
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050 
Fri. 9 p.m. Ar House
Sat. 7 p.m. Infinite Bandwidth
The Sticky Wicket 
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Fri. 9 p.m. Polish Nannies
Sat. 9 p.m. Mark Stinger Band
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Sun National Bank Center 
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200
Check website for upcoming events
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Mike Brill 
Sat 9 p.m. "Half Way to St. Patrick's Day Party" feat. Kevin McCloskey
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" w/ Diarmuid MacSuibhne
Wed. 9 p.m. Paul Wiese
All shows  21+
Trenton Buzz
702 Pine Street Trenton
(609) 392-6000
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic. 
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Fri. 4 p.m. First Friday 
Mon. 9 p.m. Monday Night Karaoke w/ Benny P
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Fri. 10 p.m. Mammal Dap ($5 cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Future Generations ($5 cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night (Sign-ups at 6:30 p.m.)
Tues. 9 p.m. Live Band Karaoke
Wed. 9 p.m. Smokin' Joe Duo
All shows 21+ 
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock
All shows 21+
Yardley Country Club
1010 Reading Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-4531
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White & Tom Reock w/ Hal Jordon Ketofsky and Bob Demetrician
Yardley Inn
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-3800
Sat. 8 p.m. Zuka & Billy D

Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.



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