Dirty Honey, the LA based rockers played their first sold out headlining show here in Dallas, TX at the Blue Light. Only the 2nd stop on the young tour, which is also their first ever headlining tour, the band proved road ready from the opening notes. Opening the entire tour is the British based rock band The Amazons.
Having only formed in 2017, the band has already turned heads and caught the eyes of everyone in its path. An impressive 2019 included opening spots with The Who, Guns N Roses, Alter Bridge and Skillet as well as a #1 hit on rock radio. It is only a matter of time before the crowds of hundreds turn into thousands. Adding the sold out show to it’s already impressive resume, Dirty Honey is going to be a force to be reckoned with for quite some time.
Touring in support of their 2019 self-titled EP release, fans could expect to hear the 6 song EP played live. However, leaving the crowd with just a short set was not in the cards. “People have been giving me shit online for not having new songs out”, states vocalist Marc Labelle, “You just gotta come out to the shows for the new ones” before kicking off the new track ‘The Wire’. The dirty, gritty track, although on the shorter side, will definitely be a live staple in the years to come.
LaBelle’s command of the crowd had the packed crowd on their toes. Leading sing alongs during ‘Fire Away’ and ‘Heartbreaker’, you would think that these guys have been touring for years. Bassist Justin Smolian wasted no time familiarizing himself with the crowd infront of him. Perhaps even too close for comfort as he seemingly tiptoed the edge of the stage with the crowd at his feet most of the evening. With no barrier to separate the crowd from the stage, fans got a truly intimate experience with the up and coming rock stars.
No rock show is complete without solos from the band. Drummer Corey Coverstone kicked off a solo following ‘Heartbreaker’. Drum solos can be hit or miss, and this was leaning towards miss at the beginning. Luckily for us, Coverstone kicked it up a notch and got the crowd at one of their rowdiest points of the evening. Instead of a typical encore, Smolian would quickly return to the stage for his solo for the evening. The distorted fuzzy sounding solo was reminiscent of Cliff Burton’s ‘Pulling Teeth’ solo, which provided a much more enjoyable encore break than most shows.
After performing with Slash at NAMM in California just a few days earlier, LaBelle tells the crowd about a recent Nashville studio trip in which they recorded Aerosmith’s ‘Last Child’, a favorite track of Slash. The cover made it’s way into the setlist for the tour, although a few touchups could be made, as LaBelle seemed to have issues with his in ear monitor during the track.
Following up ‘Last Child, guitarist John Notto provided a short solo before kicking off into their #1 hit, ‘When I’m Gone’. As expected, this got the crowd involved with cell phones in the air and singing along to every lyric. Following the bass solo encore break, LaBelle asks the crowd with a big grin on his face “Can we do one more for ya before we get the fuck outta here”. The crowd gave a huge roar and the band kicked into Rolling 7’s, their newest single to wrap up the show.
What can you expect on the remainder of the tour? An in your face, intimate rock show. No gimmicks, cheap thrills or fancy production in sight, just straightforward rock. Catch them now in these intimate settings before the barriers separate the band and the crowd!