When there’s wind and rain in Las Vegas, it’s a little more than difficult to get crowds motivated.  That’s why I was completely shocked when pulling up to Vamp’d on Saturday, at the very early hour of 9pm, only to find the club already packed!  If you’re not from Vegas, take note; this is rare.  We start late around here.

But, this was hometown favorite, Adelitas Way after all, and apparently no amount of blustery weather would keep fans away.

AW took the stage opening with the ever popular Criticize and plowing through a ninety-minute set of well-known favorites off their previous release, Adelitas Way (2009), and sophomore album Homeschool Valedictorian (2011), as well as new, never heard before tracks.

As I once heard someone say that this band was ‘mellow’, I can’t help but think she had never seen them live.  I can assure you, there was nothing mellow about anything Adelitas Way delivered on this night.  Rick DeJesus, Tre Stafford, Robert Zakaryan, and  Andrew Cushing were completely locked in from the hard-hitting first notes until the very last.

The band was in top form, and the sold-out crowd ate up every minute of it.  Good thing too, as this show was filmed for the band’s upcoming single, Dog On A Leash off their soon-to-be released new album.  According to vocalist DeJesus, it was the first time the band performed the song live and fan response was fierce.  The second, yet unreleased track, Stuck, was a monster as well.  Instructed by DeJesus to “Just feel this shit.  Don’t try to sing along cuz you don’t know the words”, the audience obeyed.  And why wouldn’t they?  His voice is hypnotic and his stature demands attention.

Throw in the broad textured bass lines laid down by Andrew Cushing, the stick-twirling/stick-juggling back beats of drummer Tre Stafford, and the crushing guitar solos of Robert Zakaryan, and you’ve got nothing less than rock music at its finest.

These guys are strong in both stage presence and musical form.  They exude an aura of camaraderie with not only each other, but with the entire crowd.

As the show drew to a close, it was most appropriate that 2009’s Invincible completed the set. If this performance was any indication, Adelitas Way, is utterly and absolutely, invincible.

Be sure to catch Adelitas Way at The Spring Fling Festival, Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Lunatic Luau, and of course Rocklahoma this Summer!

Photos by John Barry

About The Author

Originating from Michigan, Kelly is currently residing in Las Vegas, NV. Her passion for music began at a Motley Crüe show, and since then has attended hundreds of shows, met many musicians along the way, and has continued her drive to keep rock music in the limelight. Her experiences contribute to her success as a book reviewer for Vegas Rocks Magazine and as one of the Assistant Editors for the NRR.

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