Playing a different show is part of what Adelitas Way is going to do differently moving forward. After being heavily involved in the music business and the rise to the top of mainstream rock for the past several years, Adelitas Way won’t be stepping away completely from music but DeJesus chatted about the reality of the business and his reality as being a part of it.
“The tough part is this,” began the Adelitas Way frontman. “For the years that we were in, we had a lot of people taking money from us. managers, booking agents, attorneys, the label, by the time it trickles down to the five guys you get a reality check. I knew what it was going into it. My expectations were to try and make great records and build a fan base. I wanted to get the fan base of like a Chevelle or one of those bands. That was the dream. I was hoping to get to that point. We did okay, but we didn’t quite make it there.
“With the music business the way it is right now, I’m when I go out on tour, I’ll do it because I love playing with the guys and I love our fans. I see touring slowing down for me in the future, especially support spots. It’s going to have to be something we want to do, not something we have to do. I have to start diverting my attention. Music is going to be something I do because I love it. If I release a new song, it’ll because I spent a day in the writing room and I wrote something I loved. Letting the music business take up too much of my time just doesn’t make sense. Nobody has our back from the labels, to the government, to everyone who let this become the value that it is. They set the tone and they’ve made it hard for musicians to make a living. I’ve toured the world and sold millions of singles and It’s still difficult for me to full-blown make a living off music. I’m very blessed that I’ve been able to go so far and that I’m in the position that I’m in. That said, I’m not going to buy stock in the music business, especially for rock artists. I’m going to keep doing this because I like to.”
Adelitas Way “Ready for War (Pray for Peace)” is available now.
Adelitas Way Tour dates:
11/22 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY11/23 – The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ11/25 – Claddagh Music Hall – Lawrence, MA
11/27 – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Warrendale, PA
12/1 – 8 Seconds Saloon – Indianapolis, IN
12/2 – The Apollo Theatre – Belvidere, IL (w/Scott Stapp)
12/3 – The Machine Shop – Flint, MI (w/Scott Stapp)
12/6 – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL (w/Scott Stapp)
12/8 – The Pub Fountains – Sugarland, TX (w/Scott Stapp)
12/9 – Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX (w/Scott Stapp)
12/10 – Clicks – Tyler, TX (w/Scott Stapp)