After leaving Green Bay behind and a great opening night of the KISS tour, the band flew to South Dakota for their show in Sturgis with Jackyl. After arriving, they took a slight detour to visit Mount Rushmore.
While visiting the attraction a huge storm came over preventing a closer look for all the band, however Doug and Marco managed to get nearer the monument and take some pics before rushing off to the show.
The Full Throttle Saloon is a huge bikers complex set in the desert of South Dakota. One of its owners is Jesse James Dupree from rock band Jackyl, the nights headline act. The sprawling set-up is home to a camp site, leisure and pool facility, holiday homes and a huge saloon bar and venue visited regularly by many top rock outfits. It also had bikers, strippers and BBQ food in abundance.
With the Full Throttle Saloon getting hit earlier by the same storm the band had been caught in at Mount Rushmore, the site almost represented an English festival with vast amounts of mud, but that didn’t dampen the vibe or the friendly atmosphere that was very evident.
A different kind of crowd were waiting for the band when they took to the stage at 9pm. Bikers can be a critical bunch and they can be a hard crowd to win over, but by the end of the set, some were revving their bikes which is a sign that The Dead Daisies had won their approval. With a set packed with rocking tunes like ‘Midnight Moses’, ‘Mainline’, ‘Long Way to Go’ and well known standards like ‘Fortunate Son’ and ‘Join Together’ the band had managed to do what they do every night, and win over a new crowd.
Hitting the road at 11pm, the band headed to their next port of call in Indiana to rejoin KISS.
Another ‘first’ was experienced tonight which will go on to make another golden nugget of a memory in this journey The Dead Daisies are making on their way to becoming an established rock band around the globe. Thank you Full Throttle! It was loud, it was fun and it was fuel injected!