Adelitas Way

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Adelitas Way
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Adelitas Way at Uproar Festival 2012 DeJesus (Far left), Zakaryan (Right)
Background information
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Genres Hard rock, post-grunge, alternative metal
Years active 2006–present
Labels Virgin, Capitol
Associated acts Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Halestorm, Shaman's Harvest, Breaking Benjamin
Members Rick DeJesus
Trevor Stafford
Robert Zakaryan
Andrew Cushing
Past members Chris Iorio
Creighton Bibbs
Keith Wallen
Derek Johnston

Adelitas Way is an American hard rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada formed in 2006.[1]


Adelitas Way (2009−2010)[edit]

The band began working on their debut album in late 2008. As 2009 approached, bassist Derek Johnston and guitarist Keith Wallen joined Adelitas Way, completing the original line up. On April 17, 2009 they released their first single "Invincible". They broke into mainstream after the song's numerous television appearances. "Invincible" was the official theme song for WWE Superstars on WGN America as well as being featured in the Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 video game, MTV as well as the CSI Miami Finale.[2] They also wrote a song called "It's A New Day" which was the theme song for WWE superstars Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase, Jr. from June 15, 2009 – September 13, 2010.

On July 14, 2009, their self-titled album was released. As of 2013, the band has toured with Shinedown, Guns N' Roses, Creed, 10 Years, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Seether, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Deftones, Trapt, Puddle of Mudd, Sick Puppies, Staind, Alter Bridge, Skillet, Halestorm, and others.[1] Less than 5 months after their first album was released guitarist Chris Iorio left the band for personal reasons. Shortly after the band replaced Iorio with guitarist Creighton Bibbs for the remaining of the tour. On February 23, 2010, their second single "Last Stand" was released. Their song "Scream" was featured as a soundtrack for Saw 3D in October 2010.

Home School Valedictorian (2011−2012)[edit]

On January 31, 2011, the band revealed their second album Home School Valedictorian. The album was originally planned to be released on May but was pushed to June 7th. Before the band released the album they recruited Robert Zakaryan as the band's newest Lead Guitarist. Adelitas Way's first single off the second album Home School Valedictorian, "Sick", was released on March 11, 2011. It was the band's first #1 hit at Active Rock Radio that summer. It was followed up by "The Collapse" on late August that same year which hit #2 at active rock radio. On February 16, 2012 "Criticize" was announced as the 3rd single off Home School Valedictorian, and reached #1 on the active rock chart, becoming the bands second #1 single from Home School Valedictorian.[3] "Alive" was announced as the 4th and final single from Home School Valedictorian released on August 13, 2012 and it reached #4 on the U.S active Rock chart in spring of 2013.

Stuck (2013−present)[edit]

Adelitas Way at Ft. Wayne in 2013.

Writing began at the very end of 2012 and continued through July 2013. On May 7, 2013, guitarist Keith Wallen revealed through his Facebook page that he was leaving the band to pursue his own personal goals. In late July, it was announced that Grammy Award winning rock producer Nick Raskulinecz would be producing their third album. Recording is scheduled to begin on early September in Nashville, Tennessee. 13 songs are on the new album, in the following order: "Dog on a Leash", "Save the World", "Different Kind of Animal", "Stuck", "Keep Me Waiting", "Undivided", "Drive", "Not Thinking About Me", "Blur", "Something More", "We Came", "What You Are",and "Change the Earth".[4][5] Their first single off of the new album - "Dog on a Leash" was released on April 8th, 2014 followed by a music video. Dog on a Leash reached the top 10 at Active rock and reached #7 on the chart. On May 9th, 2014, the new record was revealed to be titled Stuck and was released on July 29th, 2014 through Virgin Records/CMG. On August 15th, 2014, it was officially announced that Save the world would be the second single off the album and was released on September 12, 2014. On January 14, 2015 the band announced on their Facebook page that a new single will be released in February. A 5 song EP was announced for a release in March and a new full length album will be out this summer[6][7]On January 26, the band revealed that the new EP will be released on March 17, 2015.[8]

Style and Influences[edit]

Adelitas Way's musical style ranges from a combination of 1970s indie funk and 1990s hard rock with band influences like Nirvana, Guns N' Roses, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Soundgarden.

Current members[edit]

Former members

  • Chris Iorio - lead guitar (2007–2009)
  • Creighton Bibbs - lead guitar (2009–2009)
  • Keith Wallen - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2009–2013)
  • Derek Johnston - bass (2009–2013)




  1. ^ a b "Adelitas Way’s Biography – Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  2. ^ "Adelitas Way: Information from". 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Adelitas Way Tour Dates 2014 , Adelitas Way Concert Tickets 2014". Concertboom. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Stuck (Deluxe Version) by Adelitas Way". Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  5. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  6. ^ "Adelitas Way Reveal New Album Title + Artwork". 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  7. ^ "Concert Review: Adelitas Way at Vamp'd Vegas in Las Vegas, NV on 28-Feb-2014 | Iconic Rock-n-Roll Photography, Artist Interviews, and Music Reviews". Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
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