Rock’s Young Guns heading to S.A.

Depart it to a Skinny Lizzy shirt to sweeten the introduction to the users of the L.A. rock band Dirty Honey.

“Nice shirt, man,” singer Marc Labelle mentioned as we connected by means of Zoom. “We were being just talking about Slender Lizzy about an hour ago. Great band. Good tracks!”

Also on the call are Dirty Honey guitarist John Notto (who shares the like of Lizzy) and tour mate Wolfgang Van Halen, the son of the late rock guitar hero Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli.

It’s no surprise Filthy Honey has a appreciate for basic ’70s rock bands. One listen to the young band’s swaggering, blues-dependent strut reveals weighty echoes of Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Humble Pie and other people of the bell-bottomed ilk. Van Halen, on the other hand, provides a far more modern, choice, difficult-rock audio that slots properly involving this kind of bands as Foo Fighters, Change Bridge and Queens of the Stone Age.

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What: Dirty Honey and Mammoth WVH

When: 7:30 p.m. March 10

The place: Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St.

Tickets: $32-$60, livenation.com


With ages ranging from 20-anything to 30 and a shared mission of flying the flag for a new era of guitar-driven rock bands, Soiled Honey and Van Halen’s band, Mammoth WVH, engage in the Aztec Theater on March 10 as co-headliners on the Youthful Guns Tour.

“People are declaring (rock’s) useless when it is very much alive,” Van Halen mentioned. “I think guitar-dependent music is commencing to creep back again into the mainstream. You see bands like Maneskin or, you know, Lorde’s past album had a ton of guitar. Miley Cyrus did a rock album. It is gradually creeping back again, and this (tour) is our possibility to kick the door back down and present that rock is pretty much however a practical style.”

LaBelle agreed wholeheartedly.

“To Wolf’s place, Miley Cyrus is straight-up hoping to be Joan Jett, and honestly, I never believe she’s performing a horrible job,” he said. “I noticed her accomplish at the Chris Cornell tribute a number of many years ago and she kicked ass. I’m all for it, gentleman! Rock and roll has under no circumstances been dead.”

Primarily based in Los Angeles, Filthy Honey — rounded out by bassist Justin Smolian and drummer Corey Coverstone — shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart with the 2019 debut solitary “When I’m Long gone.” In executing so, the band made historical past as the only group to attain these status devoid of remaining signed to a history label. A next single, “Rolling 7s,” landed in the Major 5 and the band was soon opening displays for famous rockers the Who, Guns N’ Roses and Slash in advance of marketing out every date of its first U.S. headline tour.

“My most giddy, fanboy minute was our initially gig outside the house of Los Angeles in which we ended up opening for Slash,” Notto mentioned. “There was a second at soundcheck in which I was, like, ‘Wow, Slash is in the constructing appropriate now and he can hear me actively playing guitar.’ To know that he could hear me playing was pretty remarkable.”

Wolfgang Van Halen performed all of the instruments and sang direct on the debut album of his band Mammoth WVH.

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The momentum detoured all over COVID and held transferring ahead in 2021 as Dirty Honey’s much-anticipated, self-titled debut album (however without having a label, thank you quite a lot) created the singles “California Dreamin,’” “Tied Up” and “Another Very last Time.” A nine-7 days tour adopted as immediate assist for the band’s heroes, the Black Crowes. Not negative for a band whose singer put in previous yrs dwelling in a auto.

“(Crowes singer) Chris Robinson is the entrance person I seriously beloved escalating up,” LaBelle mentioned. “I flew out particularly to enjoy them when they reunited (in 2019), mainly because we have the same supervisor.

“I went to the bar just before the present and Chris was sitting down there in his comprehensive phase regalia. He was sitting down there owning martinis and stated he’d been listening to our report and hoped we were being prepared to do some exhibits with them. He’s been nothing at all but neat. Honestly, all people along the way has been seriously supportive.”

As opposed to the collaborative mother nature of Dirty Honey’s songwriting system, 30-yr-aged Van Halen — who began on drums as a kid and afterwards changed Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony — played all the instruments and sang every single direct vocal on Mammoth WVH’s 2021 debut album (a truth that is humorously captured on the movie for “Don’t Back again Down”).

“Growing up, I listened to a ton of Blink-182, Method of a Down, Instrument,” Van Halen claimed. “They were more recent bands, but it was nonetheless guitar-centered audio.”

When it came to recording the album, Van Halen reported he had some thing to verify — to himself.

“It was incredibly substantially a private problem to see if I could do it on my have,” he reported. “I consider I had plenty of of a collaborative marriage with my producer Elvis Baskette that it definitely seemed like that flow and strength was there — as if there was a full band. Now that I’ve finished it, I consider which is what it is gonna be like in the studio for Mammoth for some time.”

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Though the young guns quickly embrace the musical influence (and genetics) of yesteryear’s rock gods, LaBelle, Notto and Van Halen agree they’ll aim on the audio instead than the debauchery.

“You have to use credit score cards at resorts now, so it is challenging to throw the Television set out the window,” Notto laughed. “They know how to invoice you now.”

David Glessner is a freelance author in Austin.