Adelitas Way at Uproar Festival 2012 DeJesus (Far left), Zakaryan (Right)
|Origin||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Genres||Alternative metal, hard rock, post-grunge|
|Associated acts||Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Halestorm|
|Past members||Chris Iorio
Adelitas Way (2009−2010)
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. 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. 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 The Leo Project's former 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)
On January 31, 2011, the band revealed their sophomore 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. "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.
Third Album (2013−present)
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 will be on the new album "Dog On a Leash","We Came","Undercover You","Save The World","Deserve This","Stuck","Different Kinda Animal","Change The Earth","What You Are","Not Thinkin bout me","Undivided","Drive",and a last yet to be revealed final song. Their next upcoming single "Dog on a Leash" was released on April 8th,2014 with a new video following it.Their upcoming album is expected to be released officially during the summer through Virgin Records/CMG.
Style and Influences
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.
- Rick DeJesus - lead vocals
- Trevor "Tre" Stafford - drums, percussion
- Robert Zakaryan lead guitar (2011–present)
- Andrew Cushing bass (2014–present)
- Chris Iorio - Lead Guitar (2006-2009)
- Creighton Bibbs - Lead Guitar (2009-2010)
- Keith Wallen - Rhythm Guitar, backing vocals (2009-2013)
- Derek Johnston -Bass Guitar (2009-2013)
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