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Adelitas Way is a hard rock band from Las Vegasmarker, Nevadamarker 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 "New Day" as the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment tag team The Legacy. 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 Vegasmarker, Nevadamarker by lead vocalist Rick DeJesus, lead guitarist Chris Iorio and drummer Trevor Stafford. During a band road trip to Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, they took a detour to San Diegomarker, Californiamarker, and when Rick woke up from a nap in the back of the band truck, they were getting arrested in Mexicomarker. 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 Tijuanamarker 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 Fall Down” is about Rick’s headspace before he left the Bristol Township which is a suburb of Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker. “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.”

Mainstream success: 2008-present

In the fall of 2008, the band got signed to their first ever major-label, Virgin Records. After inking with Virgin Records, Rick DeJesus, Chris Iorio and drummer Trevor Stafford headed for Groovemaster Studios in Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker 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.

Band members


Studio albums

Year Album Details
2009 Adelitas Way


Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. Main
2009 "Invincible" 7 Adelitas Way



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