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Adelitas Way

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Adelitas Way
Background information
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Years active2006–present
Past members
  • Keith Wallen
  • Tavis Stanley
  • Derek Johnston
  • Robert Zakaryan
  • Creighton Taylor Bibbs
  • Chris Iorio

Adelitas Way is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2006.[2] The band's debut single "Invincible", broke them into the mainstream scene after the song made numerous television appearances in commercials and live sporting events.[3] The band has toured with notable acts such as Guns N' Roses, Creed, Papa Roach, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Seether, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Deftones, Puddle of Mudd, Sick Puppies, Shinedown, Staind, Alter Bridge, Skillet, Halestorm, Thousand Foot Krutch and others.[2]


The band began working on their debut album in the fall of 2008. After signing with Virgin Records, vocalist Rick DeJesus, drummer Trevor Stafford & guitarist Chris Iorio headed for Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, Illinois where producer Johnny K awaited their arrival. The band expanded with the additions of bassist Derek Johnston and additional guitarist, Keith Wallen, completing the original line up. On April 17, 2009, the band released their debut single "Invincible" which, became 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.[4] They also wrote a song called "It's A New Day" which was the theme song for WWE The Legacy from June 15, 2009 – September 13, 2010.

On July 14, 2009, their debut self-titled album was released. The second single off the Adelitas Way album, "Last Stand" was released on February 23, 2010. The video for "Last Stand" was directed by Paul Boyd and which premiered on March 2, 2010. The song "Scream" was featured as a soundtrack for Saw 3D in October 2010.[5]

In January 2011, the band revealed their second album which was entitled Home School Valedictorian. The album was produced by Dave Bassett and released June 7, 2011. Adelitas Way's first single off the second album Home School Valedictorian, "Sick", was released on March 11, 2011. It reached No. 1 at Active Rock Radio, becoming the band's first No. 1 single. It was followed up by "The Collapse" in late August that same year which hit No. 2 at active rock radio. On February 16, 2012 "Criticize" was released as the third single, and reached No. 1 on the active rock chart, becoming the band's second No. 1 single from the album.[6] "Alive" was announced as the fourth and final single, released on August 13, 2012, and reached No. 4 on the U.S. Active Rock Chart in early 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 and became the new guitarist for Breaking Benjamin.[7] In late July, it was announced that Grammy Award winning rock producer Nick Raskulinecz would be producing their third album. Recording began in early September at Rock Falcon Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.[8][9] In December, bassist Derek Johnston left the band. Their first single off of the album, "Dog on a Leash", was released on April 8, 2014, followed by a music video. "Dog on a Leash" reached No. 7 on the Active Rock chart.

Stuck was released on July 29, 2014, through Virgin Records/CMG. On August 15, 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 the release of a new single, a five-song EP, and a full-length album. In an interview Rick DeJesus revealed the new single, "I Get Around". On February 12, "I Get Around" was released on for exclusive download. The band's EP Deserve This EP was released on March 11, 2015, just a week earlier than its original release date March 17. The band toured with Red in the Summer.[10]

The lead single, "Bad Reputation", off their follow-up album, Getaway, was released on December 18, 2015.[11] "Bad Reputation" gained generally positive reviews and rose to No. 12 on the Active Rock chart. "Bad Reputation" also reached at No. 9 on Big Uns Countdown. Getaway charted at No. 8 in Hard Rock albums on Billboard.

The first single, "Ready for War (Pray for Peace)", of off their fifth studio album, Notorious, charted at No. 18 on Active Rock Radio and No. 3 on Big UNS Countdown. "Ready for War (Pray for Peace)" was the official theme song of WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2016). On December 16, "Tell Me" released as the second single. On February 22 the band started their second PledgeMusic campaign for the 2017 album, and they released a song, "Black Diamond", exclusively for their pledge supporters. The title-track, "Notorious", was released on July 7, 2017. It was written and produced by DeJesus and former New Medicine member Jake Scherer.[citation needed]

"Still Hungry" was released as a single on April 6, 2018. And another single "Drifting" was released on July 20, 2018. Live Love Life, an EP, was released on November 2.[failed verification]

The band released their sixth studio album Shine On, on August 14, 2020.[12][13]

The band released the Rivals EP on December 3, 2021.

The band released their seventh studio album Power on September 15, 2023.

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  2. ^ a b "Adelitas Way's Biography – Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Last.fm. January 15, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Adelitas Way's 'Invincible' catapulted the band from obscurity to success". Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Adelitas Way: Information from". Answers.com. July 14, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Adelitas Way Headed to the Studio". Tunelab.com. September 6, 2010. Archived from the original on May 3, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Adelitas Way Tour Dates 2014, Adelitas Way Concert Tickets 2014". Concertboom. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  7. ^ Childers, Chad ChildersChad (May 10, 2013). "Adelitas Way Guitarist Keith Wallen Exits Band". Loudwire. Retrieved May 7, 2024.
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - Stuck (Deluxe Version) by Adelitas Way". Itunes.apple.com. January 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "RED To Embark on 2015 U.S. Tour With Adelitas Way and Bad Seed Rising". Loudwire. May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  11. ^ "Adelitas Way, Bad Reputation - Exclusive Song Stream". loudwire.com. December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Shine On by Adelitas Way". Apple Music. August 14, 2020.
  13. ^ h"Video". www.youtube.com. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "Video". www.youtube.com. Retrieved June 13, 2020.

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