AND so the revolving door of members turns once again with drummer Brian Tichy departing since their last appearance at the Riverside two years ago.

That is however, the nature of the beast with the band formed initially for like minded musicians to come and go as their schedules permitted to play original music and choice covers and generally have a blast.

It speaks volumes to their stature that that a drummer as respected as Tichy is replaced by former Journey/Bad English skinsman Deen Castronova, not only a top tier drummer but one in possession of a Soulful voice akin to Steve Perry, Journey`s legendary frontman.

With the current line up featuring members who have played with Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Motley Crue, Journey and Dio the pedigree of the Dead Daisies is peerless and their show reflects their past while looking forward to the future.

Former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich provided the riffs and solos ably supported by founder and ever constant member David Lowy, while the ever-flamboyant Marco Mendoza on bass locked tightly with Castronova`s energetic beat.

Frontman and one-time Motley Crue vocalist John Corabi sounded magnificent. His husky, powerful Bluesy voice may have raised eyebrows in the Crue camp but in the Daisies, it has found its natural home on the likes of Rise Up and the Aerosmith sleazy, swagger of Last Time I Saw The Sun.

A mid-show interlude featured an acoustic set including their own Something I Said along with a couple of covers Let It Be and Maggie May with Castronova taking over on lead vocals giving a more Soulful take on the Rod Stewart classic.

Carrying on the covers theme, each band member was introduced to the crowd with a short run through a Rock standard including School`s Out, Long Live Rock`n`Roll and You Shook Me All Night Long before heading back into the main set for Long Way To Go and the supremely melodic Song And A Prayer alongside a biting cover of the Rolling Stones Bitch leaving Mexico and Deep Purple`s Highway Star to wrap it up.

Mick Burgess