It’s a stormy night outside of an old, fairly creepy looking mansion, but inside we find guitarist Doug Aldrich and Glenn Hughes completely at ease with their surroundings. They’re laying into an old school jam in “30 Days in the Hole” that, though presented to the audience in an acoustic form here, sounds as familiar as it does refreshing this fall. The Dead Daisies, the supergroup taking the rock world by storm in recent years, are turning on a new generation to the best of what rock n’ roll can be, and to better understand what I mean, you need to hear “30 Days in the Hole” for yourself.
I wouldn’t say Aldrich is hesitant with his strumming here, but he’s absolutely careful to avoid a stampede of strings coming up against the powerhouse of a vocal Hughes is laying down up front. He puts a little extra color on the solo with some harmonics that give us a pinch right when we need one, but in all honesty, the voice at the head of this harmony is what keeps me on the edge of my seat when listening to this track more than anything else. The connection to the material is amazing, but better yet, the performance is spot-on perfect.
Whether you’re a lifelong fan of the players who comprise The Dead Daisies or simply want to get your acoustic rock on this season, there are few singles or music videos you’re likely to come across that boast the kind of authenticity this band’s version of “30 Days in the Hole” does. It’s a brooding performance from two of the best two ever do it, and although I can’t say for certain, my gut tells me that Humble Pie would be pretty impressed with the work here as well.
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