DOUG ALDRICH (THE DEAD DAISIES, EX-WHITESNAKE, EX-DIO): “I Hadn’t Been In A Band Like LION, My First Band, Until Joining THE DEAD DAISIES… It Just Feels Like Family”

THE DEAD DAISIES (Live at The O2 Academy, Newcastle, U.K., November 15, 2018)
Photo: Mick Burgess

There’s a Fire in the Garden

The first time I discovered Doug Aldrich was when he played for Ronnie James Dio on the Killing The Dragon Tour. I thought he was a fantastic guitar player then and he’s only gotten better over the years. Aldrich joined the musical collective The Dead Daisies in 2016 when Richard Fortus departed to join Guns N’ Roses for their reunion tour. Holy Ground [review] is The Dead Daisies 5th studio album and their first with ex-Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes. I can’t praise this album enough. It will surely be one of the top albums of 2021 and it only came out in January. I recently had the change to speak with guitarist Doug Aldrich.

Highlights include:

  • Discussion of the new album Holy Ground
  • How the band recruited Glenn Hughes as their new singer
  • The experience of recording in France
  • The exit of drummer Deen Castronovo & the addition of Tommy Clufetos
  • Do The Dead Daisies hold the record for most band members?
  • The future of Revolution Saints
  • His time with Dio and how he passed on the gig 1990
  • Lion breaking onto the scene in 1986
  • Writing songs for Transformers: The Movie and The Wraith
  • The inner workings of Lion’s record label Scotti Brothers
  • … and much, much more.

The Dead Daisies are:

Glenn Hughes – Vocals, Bass
Doug Aldrich – Guitar
David Lowy – Guitar
Tommy Clufetos – Drums


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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