The Dead Daisies
The Dead Daisies were the first western rock band to play Cuba since the Obama administration reopened trade ties. They played a sold out show at Havana's Maxim Rock Club, visited the National Institute of Music and concluded with a performance at the Concert for Peace (Roc Por La Paz) playing to a crowd of 6,000.
The group formed three years earlier, in '12, around singer-songwriter Jon Stevens and guitarist David Lowy. Their self-titled debut album, containing the single "Lock N' Load," dropped the following year. A Classic Rock magazine poll named "Lock N' Load" the 15th best song of '13.
For the supporting tour, Stevens and Lowy were joined by guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses), bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy) and drummer Frank Ferrer.
This line-up got significantly tweaked as time went on with Mendoza leaving (replaced by Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones), then returning, and a handful of drummers (Charley Drayton, John Tempesta and Tommy Clufetos) coming and going.
During the summer of '14, The Dead Daisies released their second EP "Face I Love."
A half-year later, they made the trek to Cuba but without Stevens. Filling in were vocalists John Corabi (Motley Crue) and Bernard Fowler (a Rolling Stones backing vocalist).
Within weeks of returning from Cuba, The Dead Daisies announced that Corabi was the band's lead vocalist, replacing Stevens. And just as the dust settled from that news, the group's sophomore set, "Revolucion" arrived.
2013 The Dead Daisies
2013 Man Overboard
2014 Face I Love