Adelitas Way coming to Kress with 'Bad Reputation' in tow


Rock group Adelitas Way is coming to Kress Live in Biloxi at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Lead singer Rick DeJesus spoke to the Sun Herald by phone two days before the band would kick off their "Bad Reputation" tour in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"Bad Reputation" is the first single off their forthcoming album, set for a Feb. 26 release.

DeJesus said he was inspired to write "Bad Reputation" after watching the music industry allow the rock music genre to become watered down and overly managed.

DeJesus sings about how he likes to have a drink and a smoke as a part of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. He specifies that he does those things after the show and not before.

"I'm not crazy in a bad way, but if I see a (radio) station that used to play Shinedown and Three Days Grace and Avenge Sevenfold and now that station is playing Neon Trees and Bastille and Imagine Dragons, of course I'm going to say something about that," he said. "It's just in my nature to be vocal about people turning their back on rock 'n' roll."

To help keep their rock 'n' roll edge on their new album, the band once again brought in producer Johnny K, whose credits include Finger Eleven, Sevendust and Disturbed.

"He's one of the best in the game and that's why I keep going back to him," DeJesus said. "It's not all roses and pixie dust. He beat me up on the lyrics and made me go back and correct myself. The sound is fantastic. The band pushed itself, and now it's up to the world. The reaction early is it's a hit with single sales, and it's flying up the radio charts."

DeJesus gave a resounding no when asked if they would debut any other new songs from the album. That means longtime fans will hear plenty of the hits they love, like "Sick," "Criticize" and their 2009 breakthrough song "Invincible."

Five acts will open the show: The Offer, Crooked Halo, Failure/Anthem, Through the Fire and Eye on Attraction.

General admission tickets for the all-ages show are $12 and are available at kresslive.com. This is Kress' third military appreciation show and all veterans or active military are admitted free with military ID.