The Dead Daisies are making their return to Woodstock Festival Poland! This time they are going to be performing alongside some of their musical guests - their names are shrouded in mystery, but we can now reveal that they are going to be teaming up with Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra to give a performance inspired by freedom. Mixing some of classic rock'n'roll standards with classical music is a recipe for a unique and powerful performance.
The Dead Daisies are a band with amazing credits to their name, and their line-up reads like a rock'n'roll hall of fame. The musicians have played with Whitesnake and Mötley Crüe. Even though the musicians didn't know anything about the festival, they have covered their own travel expenses to play to the huge crowds at the festival. As soon as they found out about the ideas behind the festival and charitable work that is done by the Foundation, they have made a donation of 10 000 Euro. We are in touch with the band and they have confessed that they are excited to come back to the festival to record a live CD & DVD of the concert...as well as to release a vinyl of the performance. We would be honoured to host them again - and to be featured on their release is just amazing!
We are beyond excited to welcome them to our line-up again. The artists would also like to invite a local artist to perform with them - we have someone on our mind, but perhaps you have an idea who might be suitable?
THE DEAD DAISIES
Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and accessible – equal parts of Aerosmith, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. With stellar musicianship and pulverising live shows, fans worldwide are discovering the band that is bringing back Rock & Roll!
The band features in their ranks some of the finest Rockers on the planet, among them one of the premier lead guitarists of this day and age, Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio). He completes a power-‐ house lineup consisting of charismatic singer John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), well travelled bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), the drumming powerhouse of Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and bringing the thunder from down under, Australian rhythm guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).
In an era when Rock music has been proclaimed dead time and time again, the Daisies defy the critics with ease. This is more than evident on their latest studio album ‘Make Some Noise’ with twelve songs packed full of exciting Rock & Roll hooks and riffs. It’s loud, it’s energetic, it’s uplifting – and most importantly it’s real. The songs were written and recorded in a matter of weeks as a band, and then committed to tape in Nashville with mega-‐producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry). The album was released on August 5th, 2016 through an exclusive, global distribution deal with SPV Records receiving huge praise from the music press all over the planet, and smashing straight into 23 charts around the world.
2017 is already shaping up to be another historic year for the Daisies. A live album aptly titled „Live & Louder“ is to be released on May 19th, and will include the highest-profile the UK and European festivals which include Download, HellFest, Graspop, Sweden Rock and Rock Hard. The band will head to South America to play Argentina and Brazil for the first time as well as some headline U.S. shows kicking off in the Summer. Due to the unbelievable response last year, Japan will be revisited, with a tour confirmed for July!
Since exploding onto the scene in 2012, The Dead Daisies have taken the music world by storm, releasing three albums to date and touring with the biggest names in Rock including ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Judas Priest, KISS, Whitesnake, Def Leppard and the Hollywood Vampires. 2015 also saw the creation of their second album “Revolución”, following a historic visit to Cuba in February.
The current incarnation of The Dead Daisies is taken from a musical collective created originally by a rotating line-‐up that has left their mark on the high-‐class brand of Rock & Roll the band is known for. Past names have included Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs), Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses/Hookers and Blow), Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones, Sting), Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones), Charley Drayton (The X-‐pensive Winos/The Cult), Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS), Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath/Rob Zombie) and many more.
With a killer album ‘Make Some Noise’ unleashed in 2016, the band embarked on a massive global campaign: During the summer months, the Daisies played the biggest festivals in Europe including an appearance at the largest Rock and Metal festival on the planet, Wacken Open Air in Germany, as well as playing in front of a staggering quarter of a million music fans at Woodstock Poland. Sold-‐out shows of their own followed in the UK and Germany. The quintet then joined KISS on their “Freedom to Rock Tour” across the US in August where many friends and fans impatiently were waiting to catch the new Doug Aldrich-‐era line-‐up. For the first time, the trek included US headline concerts in LA at the world famous Whisky-‐A-‐Go-‐Go and the landmark Webster Hall in New York. After doing a show for fans of NFL team Arizona Cardinals, the album’s title track “Make Some Noise“ was adopted to use as their Touchdown song.
As we all know, the real Rock & Roll magic happens on the stage, with a band feeding off the energy of the audience and vice versa. This is the field where The Dead Daisies really excel – as everyone at these shows will testify to. True Rock & Roll needs to be taken to the street, and the Daisies continued to go for it with a vengeance. After all, there is a whole planet to be conquered… So in October they paid their first visit to the land of the rising sun, Japan, to play the Loud Park Festival, and continued the Asian adventure with their first USO tour, playing shows for the US Military services in South Korea, something they have had ambitions to do for a very long time. After the far east, the high seas got their share of Rock & Roll, when The Dead Daisies boarded the KISS Kruise for a record third time. Showing no signs of slowing down, the band closed another landmark year with a massive UK & European tour throughout November and December with tickets selling out well in advance. 2016 ended with a bang, and one thing is for sure: The Dead Daisies are going to be “Live & Louder“ in 2017!
GORZÓW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Philharmonic Orchestra of Gorzów is one of the youngest philharmonic ensembles in Poland. The orchestra began its work in 2011. This diverse group of professional musicians are currently lead by Monika Wolińska, who is the first female conductor from Poland to lead an orchestra in Carnegie Hall in New York. The orchestra is well versed in both classical and contemporary music, performing pieces composed by Barocco and contemporary composers. Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra has performed with Thomas Hampson at his only concert in Poland, and has, among many others, worked with Krzysztof Penderecki and Małgorzata Walewska.
The orchestra is well known and loved by the audience of the festival, and the musicians' approach to music and the fact that they are open to new artistic experiences and creative experimentation makes them a perfect choice to team up with rock musicians.
The festival's organizers are working close with the police forces, who are responsible for securing the event as well as making sure that everyone in the region gets to the festival and back home safely. Police Officers always emphasise how well the festival is managed and run, and we are grateful for the support we receive from the police each year.
We think that festivals are really liminal spaces - on the threshold between the real world and the dreamland of music and adventure. This year, thanks to the charity auctions platform provided by Allegro, we were able to invite you to bid for great experience packs and memorabilia connected with the festival.
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