When you match up musicians who are steeped in rock history with a track that is classic in its own right, it’s almost a guarantee that the result will be memorable.
The Dead Daisies prove just this with their take on Humble Pie’s “30 Days in the Hole”. The song is a slow simmer of emotion as Glenn Hughes — previously of Deep Purple— grinds out the lyrics and finds a soulful sweet spot in the stripped-down track. The tune might feel simple but the vocal performance is anything but.
Joining Hughes in performance and sound is Doug Aldrich or Whitesnake and Dio, who steps away from the electric sounds and strums on an acoustic guitar — even breaking into a solo that drops into a false ending before the song picks up again. There is always the sense that these two performers are in control, even if they appear to be stuck within a haunted house, ever-watched by a daunting raven.
Video effects and editing twists may conceal the fact that the artists recorded themselves using iPhones; however, that sense of intimacy and isolation at once is present. The song has an old-school sense, though the clip tilts towards our modern world.