The Dead Daisies are a rock band formed in 2012 by New Zealander Jon Stevens (INXS) and Australian David Lowy (Mink). Along with Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses), the three band members have been joined by a rotation of top rock musicians that have included Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones), Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy), Charley Drayton (The Cult), John Tempesta (The Cult), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Alex Carapetis (Nine Inch Nails), Clayton Doley and Alan Mansfield.



The Dead Daisies was formed by Jon Stevens and David Lowy. The singer-songwriter and guitarist got together after David Edwards, ex-manager of INXS, reintroduced them.

The band's self-titled debut album was recorded in two weeks at Wishbone Studios in Los Angeles in 2012 with American producer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist John Fields. The album was released in North America on August 9, 2013 through Caroline/Universal, and later released in the United Kingdom in mid-November 2013. Lock N’ Load, their first single, was co-written by Slash, who also played guitar on the track. The song was a Rolling Stone magazine Daily Download on July 25, 2013 and was also available on the website of BBC Radio 2. The song's music video appeared on more than 20 outlets including Much Music. The single was released in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2013.

The band toured in 2013, including opening for ZZ Top and joining Aerosmith on their Australian and New Zealand tour. This was followed by the 25-date Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival in August and September 2013 (with Jane’s Addiction and Alice In Chains, among others). During the festival, the band included Jon Stevens, David Lowy, bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy), drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, and pianist Dizzy Reed (from Guns N’ Roses). Lead singer Jon Stevens performed for a while with casts on his hand and leg as a result of an injury sustained when escaping from a crocodile on a fishing excursion in Australia.

In the fall of 2013, The Dead Daisies played 18 shows in the United Kingdom with the Black Star Riders. On November 20, they played the Underworld rock club in Camden, their first UK show as headliners. The band finished off their touring schedule in 2013 with a gig at The Barby in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Lock N’ Load was also played in football stadiums, including at Wembley Stadium during the sold out NFL American football match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers on October 27.

Coinciding with the tour of the UK, Britain’s Classic Rock magazine included a feature of The Dead Daisies in its November 2013 issue. The band also was November's spotlight artist for both Metal Hammer and Classic Rock’s websites. In a Classic Rock magazine poll, Lock N’ Load was voted 15th best song of 2013 out of 100 songs.

In February 2014, the Dead Daisies regrouped with the line-up of with Jon Stevens, David Lowy, Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed, Marco Mendoza and drummer John Tempesta (The Cult) to undertake their first full headline Australian tour plus shows supporting Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes for two shows: Twilight At Taronga, at Taronga Zoo Sydney, and at the Bateau Bay Hotel.

The band will embark on two US tours in 2014. Firstly they will join the Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd tour in July, followed by the Heroes Tour with Kiss/Def Leppard in August.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Jon Stevens - Lead Singer
  • Richard Fortus - Lead Guitarist
  • David Lowy - Rhythm guitarist
  • Dizzy Reed - Keyboards
  • Marco Mendoza - Bassist
  • Brian Tichy - Drummer

Past members[edit]

  • Darryl Jones
  • Charley Drayton
  • John Tempesta
  • Frank Ferrer
  • Alex Carapetis
  • Clayton Doley
  • Alan Mansfield



  • Lock ‘N’ Load (2013)
  • Washington (2013)
  • It's Gonna Take Time (2014)


  • Man Overboard (2013)


  • The Dead Daisies (2013/2014)

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