David Lowy

David Lowy is a founding member of the Dead Daisies, but he was anything but new to the rock scene when he formed the band in 2012. Lowy spent years in Red Phoenix and Mink, and the other members of the Dead Daisies brought an equal amount of experience and rock ‘n’ roll knowhow from their time in Whitesnake, Dio, Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne’s band.The Dead Daisies make a new kind of classic rock—one that recalls big, thick guitars and anthemic songs. Their new album, Make Some Noise, is out this August. They’re also opening for KISS on the band’s summer Freedom to Rock tour. So, yeah, that makes this a busy summer for the Dead Daisies.

After chatting with guitarist Doug Aldrich, I got on the phone with the band’s other guitarist, Lowy, to toss a few questions his way about Make Some Noise and his favorite Gibsons. (He can’t get enough Les Paul Jr.s and ES-335s.)

The Dead Daisies have such a cool mix of talent from Whitesnake, Dio, Motley Crue, Ozzy and others. What was the idea behind the band when you formed it?

The whole idea of the band is to make some really good rock ‘n’ roll and have a really good time doing it. Each of us in the band does other things at the same time, so by that necessity, sometimes not everybody is available to do everything, so we’ve had quite a few alumni over the years. People want to have a really good time doing something that they love doing. We’ve come together because we love playing, rock, writing new material and being creative.

What do you bring to the Dead Daisies with your particular musical background?

I think I bring Aussie rock. I played with Doc Neeson, who recently passed way, and his band was very much in the genre of Aussie rock, like AC/DC. I think that’s what I bring to this band: good ol’ Aussie rock. It is different than American rock or British rock.

The Dead Daisies are set to open on KISS’ Freedom to Rock tour, and you’ve toured with them before. What makes the Dead Daisies a good fit with KISS on a bill?

That’s a really good question. The first time we went out with KISS, we weren’t sure, but their fans loved us, so there must be something in our music that resonates with KISS fans. Our music is new but has a very classic feel to it. “New classic rock” is maybe a way to think about it. It’s fresh, alive and raw. We don’t use any backing stuff.

Have you known the guys of KISS for long?

I know Gene (Simmons) and Paul (Stanley). They’re good supporters of ours and have helped us, and we’re grateful for their support.

Guitar talk time! Your new album, Make Some Noise, is out this summer. What guitars did you use on the album?

I used one Gibson guitar on every track. It was a ‘63 Les Paul Jr. with a SG shape. It’s my favorite guitar. I used it on every track, and it’s the only guitar I used on the album. We wrote and recorded the album in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen. He’s really good. It’s solid, pumping rock ‘n’ roll. It’s very guitar-based rock ‘n’ roll.

Besides the Les Paul Jr., what are your main guitars on the road and in the studio?

Aside from the Les Paul Jr., I’ve got a Gibson ES-335 that I use, as well. I stick to one. The neck shape is really good for me. I have quite a small hand and my back is not that good, and that ‘63 is lightweight and fantastic for me. The sound is awesome. I don’t use a lot of effects, and I like to keep it really simple. Life’s complicated enough. I like to keep my guitar really simple. I love the sound standing in front of the speakers and feeling the noise. I don’t have a whole array of guitars. I know what I like, and that’s what I use. I also have a ‘58 Les Paul Jr. I use.

What makes Gibson a great rock guitar?

I think it’s the true rock guitar. I’m a big Angus (Young, of AC/DC) fan, and a lot of players I’ve watched over the years have used them. I’ve had a couple of custom built ones, too. It feels good in my hand and sounds great through the amp, and that’s it! That’s what it’s about. It has to sound good and feel good. It feels good when I put it on and plug it in.

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