Adelitas Way vocalist Rick DeJesus feels he and his Las Vegas-based band are at the top of their game.
“I would say I’m writing the best songs of my career,” DeJesus said. “When you’re a young artist, you’re trying to show the world that you’re different and you have the capability of being a rock ‘n’ roll star. After 10 years, enough people have seen the performances and heard the songs and watched me sing.
“I’m not afraid to sing. I’ll sing a cappella. I’m confident in my voice. I’m confident in my songwriting and I’m confident on stage.”
Adelitas Way, which plays Tempe Marketplace with special guests from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, recently released the single “Notorious,” one of the band’s most successful songs.
“It’s doing a lot of good things for us,” he said. “The last three releases we’ve done have changed the game and they made a statement for a lot of other artists as well for what’s possible.”
DeJesus is referring to Adelitas Way’s departure from Virgin Records after three albums. Usually, when a band leaves a major-label fold, they see a “pretty steady decline,” he said.
“It’s very rare that a band leaves a major label and continues to grow at a rapid pace.
“The growth of our band has continued to go up. We’re a band that’s taken a really hard-nosed, grassroots approach. We play a lot of shows. We’re not defined by one song. The No. 1 thing that’s changed is we’re bigger now than we were on Virgin and that’s rare.”
DeJesus said he’s found success in Arizona as well. Adelitas Way played Tempe Marketplace previously, and sold out Pub Rock in Scottsdale numerous times.
“We have a great time in Arizona – Phoenix, Tempe,” he said. “We think we’re going to crush it. We’re looking forward to coming back.
“When we play a full headlining set of our songs, it’s a night when people will leave and go, ‘Man, that was fun,’ or we’ll blow people away who may not know that much about us.”
DeJesus is calling from Las Vegas, a city he loves. He was deeply affected by the mass shootings Oct. 1.
“It was rough. It was rough,” he said. “I love this city. It’s a beautiful city. It’s just shows you that evil is all around – Paris, the Boston Marathon, Vegas. People wake up with evil thoughts, and it’s really hard to battle that.
“We need to come together as a nation. When tragedy happens, it’s not about money. It’s about caring. Look at how much has been raised for the families. Look at how Vegas stepped up.”
He said the United States reacts differently to tragedy than other countries, which do not show compassion and unity like Americans.
“We’re caring and we stick together,” he said. “I wish we stuck together all the time, instead of in light of tragedy.”