By Eric Mackinnon
The Dead Daisies
Zippo Encore Stage
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Marco Mendoza has toured the world and played under the banner of rock n' roll heavyweights such as Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake.
But playing Donington Park and to the Download Festival masses? That still boots the Dead Daisies bassist deep in the feels.
Despite his incredible CV at the sharp end of the game and with some of the genre's biggest classic and new bands from his current project The Dead Daisies and also Black Star Riders – Mendoza admits Download is unlike other shows and even other festivals.
“Download in particular has been one of those festivals that because of its history and location,” Mendoza tells The New Rock Times.
“It is always a thrill to play and still is. I still get the buzz and the butterflies but at the same time a rush of adrenaline that I seem to be addicted to now.
“I always look forward to that time of the day when I have to get on stage.”
He continued: “Festivals are great also for the chance for us to see friends that otherwise we wouldn’t and also to get introduced to the new projects, new blood. Festivals like Download are always a blast.”
The Dead Daisies are playing the Zippo Encore Stage at Download on Sunday, June 11, which is the same day when UK fans say goodbye to the legendary Aerosmith who are preparing to make their final live appearance on British soil.
But what do Aerosmith mean to Mendoza?
“Oh I will do my best to hang and see them but as always it all depends on our schedule as well,” he says.
“I'm sure if I miss them there i will see them somewhere else before they say goodbye.
“Aerosmith has always been one of my favourite bands of all time and they still are.
“I think having the original line up playing for so long is a big part of it but Tyler and Perry? The songs? The history? The band? They are amazing live.”
Last August The Dead Daisies released their third album, 'Make Some Noise,' with the record signally a step towards heavier, meatier sound – something Mendoza credits with a change in band personnel.
“I think having Doug Aldrich come on board and Brian Tichy along with Marty Frederiksen producing on the complete album made a big difference,” he explained.
“We were able to be a bit more focused and find more of a direction, we wanted to make it bit heavier and lean more on the guitar riffs.
“I have to say Marty was really great to work with and had a big influence.”
The Dead Daisies will release a new live album later this week ahead of a busy summer of live shows and festival appearances.