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Adelitas Way
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada
Genres Hard rock
Alternative metal
Years active 2005-present
Labels Virgin Records
Associated acts Copper
The Leo Project
Rick DeJesus
Keith Wallen
Derek Johnston
Trevor "Tre" Stafford

Adelitas Way is a hard rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada that broke into mainstream in 2009 for their song "Invincible", which is the official theme song of WWE Superstars on WGN America. They also perform the song "It's A New Day" as the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment tag team The Legacy.[1] On July 14, 2009, their debut album, Adelitas Way, was released.


Band history


Formation and early years: 2005-2008

The band was formed in 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada by lead vocalist Rick DeJesus, lead guitarist Chris Iorio and drummer Trevor Stafford. During a band road trip to Los Angeles, California, they took a detour to San Diego, California, and when Rick woke up from a nap in the back of the band truck, they were getting arrested in Mexico. Corrupt cops robbed the band, but Rick secreted away a little cash in his socks. Freaked out, the band went to the first bar they saw in Tijuana to have a beer and calm their nerves. It was the Adelita Bar. “There were a bunch of young, really pretty girls and I realized it was basically a brothel,” explains Rick. “I chatted with one girl, questioning why she was living this life? And I wrote a song about it. The band name emerged from the sad stories behind the ‘Way’ they lived at the Adelita—Adelitas Way. As a songwriter,” Rick continues, “I’m very emotional, I put myself in people’s shoes a lot and live vicariously. My songs are about true situations.” That’s reflected in their album. For instance, “All FallS Down” is about Rick’s headspace before he left the Bristol Township which is a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Before I moved, everything was gloomy and depressing. But as a kid, your only concern was what you were going to be for Halloween, or get for Christmas. So the song is about how you should have savored those moments. I took things for granted.”[2]

Mainstream success: 2008-present

In the fall of 2008, the band got signed to their first ever major-label, Virgin Records. [3] After inking with Virgin Records, Rick DeJesus, and drummer Trevor Stafford headed for Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, Illinois where producer Johnny K awaited their arrival. Before the band started touring in support of their new record, the band expanded with the additions of a permanent bassist in Derek Johnston and an additional guitarist/vocalist, Keith Wallen (formerly of the Knoxville band, Copper). On April 17, 2009, their album's first single "Invincible" became available via download through iTunes. Their self-titled debut album was released on July 14, 2009. The single was also featured on the video game, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 and is currently the official theme song for the WWE show, WWE Superstars. The song is also played as the 2009-2010 Phoenix Coyotes take the ice.

Beginning in mid-February 2009, only a few weeks after completing their debut album, the band took to the road, and have been touring almost continually since. The have toured with numerous other bands including 10 Years, Chevelle, Saliva, Sick Puppies, Shinedown, Halestorm, Breaking Benjamin and Theory of a Deadman. They appeared at Rock on the Range in May 2009 and are on the schedule for ROTR 2010. In mid-February 2010, it was announced that they would be touring with Three Days Grace and Chevelle from late March through mid-April.

In November 2009, former lead guitarist Chris Iorio parted ways with the band, and was replaced by Creighton Bibbs.

The second single off the Adelitas Way album, "Last Stand" was released on February 2, 2010. The video for "Last Stand", which premiered on March 2, 2010, was directed by Paul Boyd.

Band members

Former members


Adelitas Way discography
Studio albums 1
Singles 2

Studio albums

Year Album Details
2009 Adelitas Way


Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. Main US
2009 "Invincible" 6 22 Adelitas Way
2010 "Last Stand" 29


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