Doug Aldrich says that the addition of legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes to THE DEAD DAISIES is an "exciting change" that is "radical enough to where it could actually work."
This past August, the hard rock "collective" founded by Australian musician and businessman David Lowy announced that the former DEEP PURPLE member had joined THE DEAD DAISIES as its new bassist and vocalist, replacing John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE) and Marco Mendoza. "Righteous Days", the group's first single featuring Hughes, was simultaneously released.
THE DEAD DAISIES — Lowy, Hughes, Doug Aldrich and drummer Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, BAD ENGLISH) — recently recorded "Righteous Days" and several other songs at Los Angeles's Sunset Sound recording studio for a new album expected to be released in 2020. It will serve as the follow-up to the group's fourth full-length release, 2018's "Burn It Down".
Asked in a new interview with Metal Insider how THE DEAD DAISIES ended up recruiting Glenn, Aldrich said: "I know it's a surprise and there's going to be fans that don't get it right away. And they think it's too drastic.
"Changing lead singers, is almost like changing the band because that's the frontman. That's the first thing you hear is the vocalist.
"They were talking about options and somewhere along the line they decided to talk to Glenn," he explained. "And when I heard about it, they had already spoken to him and he was already considering the opportunity. The band was as well. I immediately thought, you know, that's a radical change. But it's definitely an exciting change. I thought it was something radical enough to where it could actually work."
The former WHITESNAKE and DIO guitarist continued: "I think it's something like this: when you've got a guy that's as popular as John Corabi, it's difficult to trying to replace him. I think it's a good move to go with, in a different direction. And that's definitely a different direction with Glenn. Speaking positive about Glenn is very easy because he's a legend. He's the voice of rock. He's got an amazing voice — very different than John. He's a killer bass player too. Equally, same as Marco. Marco, he's a monster."
According to Aldrich, four new THE DEAD DAISIES songs have already been recorded, with more on the way.
"I think it's going to be pretty cool," he said. "We were really happy with the way our songwriting sessions went. We don't have a full record written yet, but we have a bunch of ideas. One of them is 'Righteous Days', which you've probably heard. There are three others that kick ass.
"We felt 'Righteous Days' is the best first teaser. We've made a different version, a re-recorded version, a remix, something different. We thought it was a good way to make an announcement to show, let the music do the talking. This is what it is."
According to Wikipedia, since the band's formation in 2012, THE DEAD DAISIES has featured two dozen different members (including "session" players and "temporary substitutes"), including drummer Brian Tichy (FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE), GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus and GN'R keyboardist Dizzy Reed. The group has toured with the likes of AEROSMITH, KISS and BLACK STAR RIDERS.
Known as the "voice of rock," the 68-year-old Hughes is best known for fronting the Mk. III and Mk. IV lineups of DEEP PURPLE in the mid-1970s and for singing on BLACK SABBATH's 1986 album "Seventh Star". He was replaced by Ray Gillen after only six live performances with the band.
In 2009, Hughes formed BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, SONS OF APOLLO) and drummer Jason Bonham (BONHAM, FOREIGNER). Hughes recently told Midlands Metalheads Radio that the group will reunite to record its fifth album in January of 2021.