B-Mac Chat with Doug Aldrich

By Brandon “B-Mac” McCarthy

The first time I heard Doug Aldrich play guitar, it was off his last album with Whitesnake, 2011’s Forevermore. I loved his approach of bringing hard rock and soul together in his playing. He has been in many different bands of over the years, including his own Burning Rain. From Dio to Revolution Saints, he keeps spreading his hard flair wherever he goes. Recently, Aldrich joined to the Australian hard rock outfit The Dead Daisies. In the group since 2016, they recently released their fifth studio album, Holy Ground, which is featuring legendary singer/bassist Glenn Hughes fronting the group. I was given the opportunity to chat with the famed guitarist on Skype and get some background on him and the album. With a Les Paul strapped on to him, we were ready to rock and roll.

According to Aldrich, he would listen to rock ‘n’ roll’s best on the radio when he was young such as Deep Purple, Van Halen, the Allman Brothers Group, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. When hearing the different guitarist’s riffs and styles, it inspired him to do it himself. The Dead Daises’ Holy Ground is Aldrich’s third with the group, and he went into detail of how this album is different from the previous ones. Working with Hughes enabled the band to explore different dynamics that would go into the new record. Being friends for many years, the chemistry between Hughes and Aldrich was electric. He would also talk about drummer Deen Castronovo’s departure and the arrival of Ozzy Osbourne’s Tommy Clufetos. With all the different projects he is or was a part of, he writes the riffs based on how he feels the singer or group responds to it. As mentioned, he performed with Whitesnake for a few years, and when I asked which album was his favorite during his stint with them, he told me it was 2008’s Good to Be Bad. We would also talk about his work with his own band, Burning Rain.

I have to say, this is probably one of my Top 5 interviews. Aldrich is a smooth talker and mean guitar player. When we went into our three albums to have on a desert island, I chose two Van Halen albums (one from Roth, the other from Hagar), which then went into an in-depth conversation about our love for the group and Eddie. To end our chat, I asked him to perform a little solo to give me a That Metal Show moment where artists played a riff into a commercial. He was more than happy to do it, and the riff gave me goosebumps. That is how an interview should end. To Doug Aldrich, I salute you. Horns up!!!

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