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Marco Mendoza - Live review - Viva La Rock Tour - Leiden Holland

Arie van der Graaf Format: Concert
Release date: 2019-04-11
Label: Target
Genre: Hard Rock
Producer: Marco Mendoza
Artist discography


Marco Mendoza is quite successful with his current band The Dead Daisies.

Also he previously was a member of Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Ted Nugent's band. Next to this he loves to roll out solo to play the smaller clubs and really connect with the fans.

It is great to be able to see a bass legend perform in an intimite setting in front of approx. 40 fans. This all in a very nice small venue called Gebr. De Nobel in the city of Leiden, Holland. 

Now being a musician on the road for many years, Mendoza knows exactly what to do in front of a small audience, bond, make fun and off course playing bloody good music.

So after asking everybody to get close to the stage the show starts treating us with music from his solo releases such as Rocketman from Viva La Rock, about the Danish scientist Marsden who killed a reporter in his submarine in Copenhagen while she was doing an item about him.

But Mendoza also proves being able to perform a wide range of styles by doing some covers like Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder, Give Peace A Chance by Plastic Ono Band (Lennon), Jailbreak with drummer Kyle Hughes on co vocals and another Thin Lizzy classic China Town which is recorded as a duet with Mike Tramp on his  latest release Viva La Rock. 

A notable special is the way Mendoza gets creative musically, doing some human beatbox and even using his teeth to create music.

As he mentioned: music is universal and should not be put into boxes.

It is great to see Marco interact when he steps off from the stage to start performing between the fans while giving hugs and high fives.

Music is something which should be enjoyed together. 

Something Mendoza made very clear tonight during this awesome performance.

Just the way it should be

Marco finished this show with title song Viva La Rock and stepped off from the stage straight to the merch store where he gave all those who stayed astayedtime to make pictures, signing memorablia etc.

Now you could say 40 people are not enough for a performer his scale but he turned this around by saying it is great to be able to really see eachother in the eyes.


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