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by Reggie Edwards
Adelitas Way is the definition of a band who want to do things on their own. They recently left their longtime major label for a taste of the independent label life and it’s been a breath of fresh air for them ever since.
Their latest record- Getaway released earlier this year and spawned the major hit, “Bad Reputation” and their newest single- “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” has already been picking up steam (and was also used as the theme song for WWE’s TLC Pay Per View) and is a preview of what’s to come with next year’s Getaway follow up.
Before that, though, they recently took to the road, joining Manafest, Citizen Zero as support for Creed frontman Scott Stapp’s latest string of solo dates and the tour hit Indianapolis’ 8 Second Saloon for one hell of a night.
Manafest started things off early for a show that will blow you away if you aren’t ready for it. He’s been in the game for well over a decade now and knows exactly how to work a crowd. With a new record out in Reborn and an immensely-successful record under his belt like 2012’s Fighter and a decent follow up like The Moment was, Manafest had a repertoire like you wouldn’t believe.
Songs like “Pushover,” and “Human,” are perfect for the live stage and when you mix those in with “No Plan B,” “Avalanche,” “Impossible” and “Every Time You Run,” the set is a well-rounded, carefully-calculated attack rap and rock that made disciples of everyone in the crowd. Manafest proved that he’s by-far one of the most underrated artists in music today.
Next up was Adelitas Way, taking the stage with their megahit “Sick,” setting the stage for what would become a powerful set of emotionally-charged rock. The band has been flying high ever since Getaway released and the momentum has continued with “Ready For War” released and their intensity was as maximized as ever, slowing it down just once for “Alive” and then cranking it right back up.
Frontman Rick DeJesus is always one of the most energetic and adrenalized frontmen in rock and Indy was no exception as he walked around the stage, whipping the microphone around the stage and singing with such aggression you couldn’t help but not only watch but get involved.
If you aren’t ready, get there, because the rise of Adelitas Way is coming in 2017 and this tour was just the beginning.
The night was capped off by a hell of a performance by ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp, that showcased almost every major Creed anthem and a few of his solo favorites for an evening that didn’t just celebrate rock and roll- it brought it to the forefront.
Click to hear Reggie’s interview with Rick DeJesus!