Marco Mendoza felt having Glenn Hughes in The Dead Daisies was not the way to go so he left the band
Former The Dead Daisies and current Iconic bassist Marco Mendoza was recently interviewed by Andrew Daly for Vinyl Writer Music. Mendoza was promoting his new solo album New Direction, which will be released on September 16, 2022. Mendoza was in The Dead Daisies in 2013 and again from 2014 to 2019. In mid-August 2019, it was rumoured that Glenn Hughes was going to be replacing both Mendoza and singer John Corabi in The Dead Daisies. Later that month, Hughes was confirmed as the replacement for Mendoza and Corabi.
In terms of how he ended up in The Dead Daisies, Mendoza indicated: “I was on tour with Thin Lizzy in Australia on the Mötley Crüe/KISS package tour. Well, on this tour, the opening support band was David Lowy’s band, The Dead Daisies. I noticed they had great songs and a great singer, so I would go out and listen to them here and there. So, before the tour ended, I was approached by David Edwards (The Dead Daisies‘ manager) and he mentioned that the band would like to have a quick meeting with me. So, we did and they offered to have me aboard playing to support the first album they had. As I said, I had heard the music and it spoke very loud to me as something I would really dig being part of. The next thing I know, I’m in Australia touring in support of Aerosmith. [Laughs].”
With respect to what led to his departure from The Dead Daisies, Mendoza stated: “My departure was simply because John Corabi decided to leave the band. There were quite a few singers that were approached, but nobody could give us 100% commitment. Then Glenn Hughes got on the radar, and to me, it wasn’t the way to go, so I simply moved on. The Important thing to me was for the project to move forward regardless of the lineup changes, etc. There had been to much work invested, and that meant the most to me.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Marco Mendoza at Vinyl Writer Music‘s website.