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Adelitas Way To Release New EP March 17th, Band Currently Co-Headlining SnoCore Tour With Flyleaf

Adelitas Way To Release New EP March 17th, Band Currently Co-Headlining SnoCore Tour With Flyleaf


Las Vegas hard rockers Adelitas Way are gearing up for the release of their new EP entitled “Deserve This” March 17th. The EP was produced by Matt Dougherty (Airbourne, Aranda, Megadeth, Staind, Disturbed) and the band at Groovemaster Studios. The band is currently on the road this Winter as a part of the SnoCore tour along with Flyleaf, Framing Hanley, and Fit For Rivals.

Adults Way - 'Deserve This' EP

Adults Way – ‘Deserve This’ EP

Formed in the late 2000’s by lead vocalist Rick DeJesus and Trevor Stafford, Adelitas Way, the edgy Las Vegas-based hard rock band, which also includes Andrew Cushing, and Robert Zakaryan, released its self-titled debut album on Virgin Records in July 2009. The album’s first single “Invincible” became a top 5 Active Rock smash making its way into numerous television spots including: Fox Sports Network, the THQ video game “Raw vs Smackdown” and the “CSI Miami” finale. It also served as the theme song for the weekly WWE Superstars show.

The band’s sophomore effort, “Home School Valedictorian”, arrived in the Summer of 2011 and it spawned 4 – Top 5 singles including two #1 hits at Rock radio. The record was the band’s highest selling album to date, selling over 150,000 copies and over 1 MILLION singles.

At the end of 2012, Adelitas Way began writing their third album, which would be the first featuring guitarist Robert Zakaryan with writing credits. In July 2013, they entered the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, Evanescence) to record the album “Stuck”. The record was released July 29th, and produced the Top 10 single “Dog on a Leash”.

The band has toured with Guns N Roses, Shinedown, Creed, Alter Bridge, Three Days Grace, Halestorm, Theory of a Deadman, Breaking Benjamin, The Pretty Reckless, and Godsmack.


For more information, check out Adelitas Way’s web properties:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/adelitasway

Instagram: www.instagram.com/adelitasway

Twitter: www.twitter.com/adelitasway

Official: www.adelitaswaymusic.com

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Adelitas Way To Release ‘Stuck’ On July 29th, Three Instant Track Downloads With Pre-Order

Adelitas Way To Release ‘Stuck’ On July 29th, Three Instant Track Downloads With Pre-Order


Virgin Records will release Stuck, the third studio album from Adelitas Way on July 29. On Stuck, Adelitas Way intensify their brand of hard-edged rock with a tighter songwriting sensibility and a brutal, raw energy. To create the album, the Las Vegas-based quartet joined forces with the Grammy-winning Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age) and holed up for eight weeks of nonstop recording in a cabin deep in the woods outside Nashville. The Examiner.com notes that “This album will take them to the next level and mark their spot as a major rock band.”

Fans that pre-order Stuck will receive downloads of their hit single “Dog On A Leash,” title-track “Stuck,” and the recently added track “A Different Kind of Animal” instantly via iTunes. Exclusives bundles are now available on www.adelitaswaymusic.com and include several instant downloads and collectable items.

To celebrate their release, Adelitas Way is hosting an in-store performance at Zia Records in their hometown of Las Vegas on July 31st. The store is located at 4225 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Details on how to gain entry to the show can be found on the band’s website and Zia’s website. The event starts at 7:00pm.

The band will be playing some dates in July (including a few with Three Days Grace) and August before heading out with The Pretty Reckless for a fall tour starting on September 10th. All official tour dates can be found below.

“Dog on a Leash,” the lead track from Stuck, is a slow-burner that blends lead-heavy riffs, thunderous drums, haunting guitar tones, and stirring vocals. Singer/songwriter Rick Dejesus explains the track is about “feeling like you need to ask permission to do what you want, like you’re under the mercy of someone else, whether it’s your boss or an overbearing girlfriend or boyfriend or whoever.”

7/18/2014 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
7/20/2014 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
7/22/2014 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
7/23/2014 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live
7/26/2014 – Rapid City, SD – Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
7/27/2014 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
7/30/2014 – Rock Springs, WY – Sweetwater Events Complex
8/10/2014 – Billings, MT – MetraPark
9/10/2014 – Boston, MA – House of Blues*
9/12/2014 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore*
9/13/2014 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts*
9/15/2014 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade*
9/17/2014 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues*
9/18/2014 – Jacksonville beach, FL – Free Bird Live*
9/19/2014 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater*
9/20/2014 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues*
9/21/2014 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live*
9/23/2014 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen*
9/24/2014 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues*
9/26/2014 – Austin, TX – Emo’s*
9/28/2014 – Houston, TX – House of Blues*
9/30/2014 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre*
10/2/2014 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory*
10/3/2014 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom*
10/4/2014 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon*
10/5/2014 – Vancouver, B.C. – Vogue Theatre*
10/8/2014 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom*
10/10/2014 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern*
10/11/2014 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues*
10/12/2014 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues*
10/16/2014 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*
10/17/2014 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium*
10/25/2014 – Indianapolis, IN Deluxe @ Old National Centre*
10/28/2014 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall*
10/29/2014 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*
10/30/2014 – Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy*
11/1/2014 – Montreal, QC – Olympia De Montreal*
11/4/2014 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom*
11/6/2014 – Portland, ME – The Asylum*
11/7/2014 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*
11/8/2014 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater*
*Marks dates with The Pretty Reckless – additional dates will be announced throughout the summer.

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Adelitas Way Announce July 29th Release Date For New Album, ‘Stuck’

Adelitas Way Announce July 29th Release Date For New Album, ‘Stuck’


Adelitas Way will release Stuck, their third album on July 29, 2014. On Stuck, Adelitas Way intensify their brand of hard-edged rock with a tighter songwriting sensibility and a brutal raw energy. To create the album, the Las Vegas-based quartet joined forces with the Grammy-winning Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age) and holed up for eight weeks of nonstop recording in a cabin deep in the woods outside Nashville.

“This album will take them to the next level and mark their spot as a major rock band.” – The Examiner

Stuck is now available for pre-order on iTunes here. Exclusives bundles are now available for fans on adelitaswaymusic.com and include several instant downloads and collectables.

After releasing their dark and sexy video “Dog On A Leash,” Adelitas Way is inviting fans to go behind the scenes of their video with personal moments of the band plus never before seen action. Fans can watch the behind the scenes video here. Singer/songwriter Rick Dejesus explains the track is about “feeling like you need to ask permission to do what you want, like you’re under the mercy of someone else, whether it’s your boss or an overbearing girlfriend or boyfriend or whoever.”

On September 10th, the band heads out with The Pretty Reckless for a fall tour. All official tour dates can be found below.

Stay up to date with everything Adelitas Way by following them on Facebook and Twitter.


05/24/2014      Pryor, OK                                Rocklahoma

05/25/2014      Rockford, IL                            Rockford Speedway

05/28/2014      Traverse City, MI                     Ground Zero Nightclub

05/29/2014      Forte Wayne, IN                      Piere’s

05/30/2014      Joliet, IL                                  Mojoe’s Rock House

05/31/2014      Kansas, MO                             Liberty Memorial Park w/ Eve To Adam

06/21/2014      Baldwinsville, NY                   Papermill Island

06/22/2014      South Bend, IN                        St. Joseph County 4-H Fair

06/27/2014      Alix, AB                                  Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival

07/18/2014      Detroit, MI                               The Fillmore w/ Three Days Grace

07/20/2014      St. Louis, MO                          The Pageant w/ Three Days Grace

07/22/2014      Chicago, IL                              House of Blues w/ Three Days Grace

07/23/2014      Minneapolis, MN                     Myth Live

07/26/2014      Rapid City, SD                         Rushmore Plaza Civic Center w/ Three Days Grace

07/27/2014      Sioux Falls, SD                        The District w/ Three Days Grace

07/30/2014      Rock Springs, WY                   Sweetwater Events Complex

08/10/2014      Billings, MT                             MetraPark



09/10/2014      Boston, MA                             House of Blues

09/12/2014      Silver Spring, MD                    The Fillmore

09/13/2014      Philadelphia, PA                      Theatre of the Living Arts

09/15/2014      Atlanta, GA                             The Masquerade

09/17/2014      Myrtle Beach, SC                     House of Blues

09/18/2014      Jacksonville beach, FL            Free Bird Live

09/19/2014      St. Petersburg, FL                     Mahaffey Theater

09/20/2014      Lake Buena Vista, FL              House of Blues

09/21/2014      Fort Lauderdale, FL                 Revolution Live

09/23/2014      Mobile, AL                              Soul Kitchen

09/24/2014      New Orleans, LA                     House of Blues

09/26/2014      Austin, TX                               Emo’s

09/27/2014      Dallas, TX                               House of Blues

09/28/2014      Houston, TX                            House of Blues

09/30/2014      Tempe, AZ                              The Marquee Theatre

10/2/2014        Reno, NV                                Knitting Factory

10/3/2014        Portland, OR                            Wonder Ballroom

10/4/2014        Seattle, WA                              El Corazon

10/5/2014        Vancouver, B.C.                      Vogue Theatre

10/8/2014       San Francisco, CA                    Regency Ballroom

10/10/2014     Los Angeles, CA                       The Wiltern

10/11/2014      Anaheim, CA                           House of Blues

10/12/2014      San Diego, CA                         House of Blues

10/16/2014      Salt Lake City, UT                   The Complex

10/17/2014      Denver, CO                             The Fillmore Auditorium

10/21/2014      Minneapolis, MN                     First Avenue

10/23/2014      St. Louis, MO                          The Pageant

10/24/2014      Chicago, IL                              House of Blues

10/25/2014      Indianapolis, IN                       Deluxe @ Old National Centre

10/26/2014      Detroit, MI                               St. Andrews Hall

10/28/2014      Columbus, OH                         Newport Music Hall

10/29/2014      Cleveland, OH                         House of Blues

10/30/2014      Toronto, ON                            The Sound Academy

11/1/2014        Montreal, QC                           Olympia De Montreal

11/4/2014        South Burlington, VT               Higher Ground Ballroom

11/6/2014        Portland, ME                            The Asylum

11/7/2014        Hampton Beach, NH               Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

11/8/2014        New York, NY                        Best Buy Theater

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Adelitas Way Released Official Video For “Dog On A Leash”

Adelitas Way Released Official Video For “Dog On A Leash”


Las Vegas-based rock band ADELITAS WAY has released the official video for their single “Dog On a Leash“, which will be available for purchase on iTunes. The track will be included on a full length Virgin Records release later in the year. Check out the video below!

The band has been hard at work in a secluded studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Evanescence) for the past several months. In an interview with Loudwire, vocalist Rick DeJesus mentions, “The cool thing about this studio in the middle of nowhere is we really have time to focus on the music and to focus on our task, which is making the best rock record that comes out.”

Check out Icon Vs. Icon’s exclusive interview with Rick DeJesus at this location – Click here!

Adelitas Way Tour Dates
May 11 Boone, IA @ Central Iowa Expo
May 12 Appleton, WI @ Luna Lounge
May 14 Minot, ND @ State Fair Center
May 15 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
May 16 Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
May 18 Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
May 20 Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
May 22 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
May 24 Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
May 25 Rockford, IL @ Rockford Speedway
May 28 Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero Nightclub
May 29 Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
May 30 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s Rock House

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ADELITAS WAY: Rick DeJesus Discusses The Bands Past, Present And Future!

ADELITAS WAY: Rick DeJesus Discusses The Bands Past, Present And Future!


It takes more than just dreaming big to become a successful rock ‘n’ roll band. The members Las Vegas based rock band Adelitas Way have spent the past several years pouring their heart and soul into their music. The results of their determination is evident; garnering them legions of dedicated fans and rave reviews from critics around the globe. Over the past several months, this tightknit group of talented musicians have holed up in a secluded studio focusing their collective energy on a new collection of songs, the highly anticipated followup to 2011’s ‘Home School Valedictorian,’ with producer Nick Raskulinecz. “Dog On a Leash” was recently released as the band’s leadoff single. To hear frontman Rock DeJesus tell it, it is just a taste of things to come. The band will head out on the road for a stretch of festival dates starting in late April and will certainly continue to make their mark on the music scene in 2014 and beyond. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Adelitas Way frontman Rick DeJesus to discuss his musical roots, the history of the band, the challenges of bringing their upcoming album to life and much more! 

Take us back to your earlier years. What are your first memories of music in your life?

My parents always had good music around the house, my mom and dad had good taste in music, the Beatles, Sting, temptations, The Who, I remember they took us to see Aerosmith when I was young, we had a fun house. My older brother always was blasting Metallica, Pantera and Alice In Chains. I remember just expanding my musical library at young age.

Rick DeJesus

Rick DeJesus

How were your biggest influences as a musician and performer?

I love nirvana and Metallica, Audioslave has made some of my favorite records. I’m a product of the 90’s Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, The Offspring, 311, STP and Alice In Chains. This is all what I listened to growing up.

They say a career in music isn’t a journey for the faint of heart. What made you take the plunge and pursue a career in the music industry?

I just followed my path of life. I’m supposed to be here. Yes, it wasn’t easy at all but what is? You got to have tough skin and drive to survive. You constantly have to stay humble and hungry but also understand your value as an artist. Hard work, hard work, hard work combined with God given drive and talent is what it takes to keep going.

What are your recollections of meeting your drummer Trevor Stafford for the first time?

Trev drove 4 hours from Cali just to jam with me, at the time I was meeting a lot of diva drummers, he was hungry like me and I knew I found someone who would endure any hardships that stood in our way. We are The Bash Brothers. It’s pretty tough to hold us down. We usually stay focused and strong minded. We have always had goals and we kept focus on them no matter what roadblocks appeared. We had blinders on and knew what we could accomplish.

In your opinion, what can you tell us about the other members of the group and what they bring to the table?

I think u always got to have chemistry with the guys you play with and u share moments together live. Trev [Stafford] is extremely focused and hard working and his drumming is fresh. We connect when we play together. Rob also has an amazing chemistry with Trev. I love his style; I enjoy jamming with Rob and just letting loose live when we jam. Andrew is an insanely amazing bass player and he makes us very tight. There’s nothing like locking in and making magic happen on stage.

You have been hard at work in the studio. What were your expectations going into the process of creating the album?

The only mindset was to create something memorable, something great. We made an album, with real instruments and real vibe, we worked endlessly on the songs and just approached it like we could change history if we made the right album, that mindset kept us focused, driven and striving for greatness.

Are you approaching this record differently than “Home School Valedictorian”?

Yes, we are going for a more organic feel we wanted to incorporate what our love show is known for and putting it on a album. We wanted it to feel electric. We put much more focus on jamming and pre-production. We approached this whole process trying to do fresh things and really capture the warmth of the instruments and vocals. We felt not over producing the record was important.

What can you tell us about your songwriting process and how you bring a tune to life?

There’s many different ways songs come about, sometimes I’ll be walking around my house and a lyric or a melody comes to me, or we jam and it just all comes together magically. There’s so many ways songs come about. Sometimes, I’ll come in with melodies and we work on the music around it or sometimes a riff or jam inspires a whole song. I love writing it’s very therapeutic for my life. We had a lot of fun jamming, there were lots of ups and downs while making this album and that’s going to make the victory taste sweeter.

As an artist, where do you find yourself looking for inspiration these days?

People are always the inspiration; our lives, the things we all go through or feel. It’s about connecting to your fans who feel the way you feel. It’s an escape. I wrote songs about people see or meet and also the things that happen in my life.


What have you taken away from working with producer Nick Raskulinecz and what does he bring to the table for a project like this?

Nick helped us capture the organic sound and rawness we wanted, he also was brilliant with arrangements and just hammering us in pre production, he pushed us so there was no doubts we could play the songs perfectly with the energy and vibe it needed.

Where are you in the process right now?

We are getting ready to tour the US for the rest of the year, Dog on a leash just hit iTunes and is doing very well at rock radio, we are blessed but this shits just getting started. I can’t wait until June/July when people hear this record we’ve made.

Adelitas Way

Adelitas Way

You recently released a teaser for “Dog On A Leash.” What made you choose this song as the leadoff for the new album?

It was tough to pick a lead single because the record has quite a few songs that we all were bouncing around on. It’s a very strong album. I think “Dog On A Leash” lyrically is very relatable. I know that everyday men and women feel this way at times in life. I think Dog sets the tone for the journey that’s coming but it’s also very different from the whole record. It’s a great song to get people ready for what’s to come.

How does this album compare and contrast to what fans have heard from Adelitas Way in the past?

I think we are just more refined and more driven than ever, I think we are all the best we have been as far as our talents in our instruments and our writing and playing. We also had grand visions while creating this album which helped us push ourselves. We really felt like we could make a record that people remember forever.

Looking back on the process of bringing it to life, what stands out at as the biggest challenge in creating this album so far?

Living up to your own expectations, you want everything to be so perfect that you over analyze. Music isn’t perfect, mixes aren’t perfect, the greatest records ever made all had flaws, and sometimes it’s tough to identify flaws as a good thing. I tried to just enjoy every step of this process because it’s easy to be very hard on every aspect of a record. All of my favorite records the tones aren’t perfect or I hear things that give it character. You have to stay open minded and keep your hands out of the cookie jar or you will set impossible goals and expectations. Learning when to be finished is important, and just let the magic run its course.

What is the biggest thing you learned about yourself during this intense process?

That I’m more driven than ever, this business has thrown a little bit if everything at me and I continue to thrive no matter what. Playing for the fans is enough for me to want to overcome any obstacle, the way I feel and excitement I have for our fans to hear our hard work, and the excitement to play our songs for them all keeps this exciting.

Adelitas Way

Adelitas Way

Are there any plans to take any of this new music on the road in the coming months?

Of course, there’s no where better to hear us than a love show, I look forward to people hearing the new songs where they started, in a jam room, hearing the songs for the guest time live people can see where the song was truly conceived and born .

Is there something you hope people come away with after they catch one of your live performances?

I always believed we are better sounding live than we are on our albums, I think when people see us love is when we really gain die hard true fans. We put everything we have into every show, every night.

What do you consider your biggest musical milestone?

Making a third album on a major label during the dark age of the music business. [laughs] Also, just touring all over the earth is quite amazing, we have had some great milestones but I think after this album will have a different answer for you.

How do you feel you have evolved as a musician since first starting out?

I have evolved tremendously from my songwriting, to performing, to my vocals and range. I am much more refined and skilled as a singer and I know exactly who I am as an artist. It takes time to become great and I’m just putting all my work in and paying my dues. I believe I will accomplish my goals by the time it’s all said and done.

What are some of your musical bucket list items or musical ground you are still anxious to explore?

I want to tour the entire world.

What is the best piece of advice that you can pass along to someone who wants to pursue a career in music in the industry’s current climate?

Be driven, and you can’t be sensitive or you’ll get eaten alive. Also look at your journey with a serious mindset your investing into yourself, and that takes time, skill, money, dedication, strategy, planning and never letting the word NO deter you. It’s a tough journey but nothing in music is impossible.

What are you most excited about when you think about the year to come?

To take our band to an elite level, we are ready and I believe it’s our time. I can’t wait for everyone to hear all our hard work and see us at shows to experience it firsthand. I want them to feel the magic and energy that we felt creating these songs.

Anything you want to tell your fans before I let you go?

We can’t wait to see you all soon, we will be headlining all over the US this year look out for us. Stay updated at www.adelitaswaymusic.com for all Adelitas Way news and tour dates.

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Adelitas Way Release ‘Home School Valedictorian’ – Audio Sampler Available

Adelitas Way Release ‘Home School Valedictorian’ – Audio Sampler Available

Adelitas Way

Las Vegas rock band Adelitas Way will release their sophomore album, Home School Valedictorian, on June 7th via Virgin Records. Dave Bassatt (Shinedown) produced the album with Adelitas Way, which consists of vocalist Rick DeJesus, guitarist Keith Wallen, bassist Derek Johnston, and drummer Trevor Stafford.

Home School Valedictorian
features the first single “Sick” which can be heard in its entirety now through their official lyric video. “Sick” is also available on iTunes now. Fans can also preview every song from Home School Valedictorian through the band’s YouTube Album Sampler, where fans can select which specific song they want to hear on the video itself.

For more information on Adelitas Way, make sure to check out the band’s official website, www.adelitaswayrock.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Look out for Home School Valedictorian hitting stores and online outlets June 7th!

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