The temperature may have been dropping, but the line around Seattle’s Neumos venue continued to grow long before doors opened for Dirty Honey’s Rolling 7’s Tour on Friday. The Los Angeles rock band filled the unique space with fans of all ages ready to rock and roll.
The Amazons, a fabulously fashionable outfit from the UK, opened the show as part of their very first American tour. The crowd was ready as many fans sang along, waving their arms at the guys on stage. The vibe of the evening was pure energy and The Amazons got everyone warmed up with “Stay With Me”, the nostalgic “Junk Food Forever” and the crowd-pleasing “Black Magic” to close things out. The band expressed huge gratitude to Dirty Honey for taking a chance on them before surrendering the stage for the main event.
At the end of the day, Dirty Honey is a no-frills, pure rock group and they put their considerable talents on display for the eager Seattle audience. Their fans range from young children to cool 20-somethings to parents and everyone was ready for an epic show. The band currently only has one short EP and a single officially released, but they’ve spent time opening for Guns N’ Roses, along with Slash’s project with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
The band played through all of their currently released music, taking breaks between tracks to showcase each member with a killer solo. Drummer Corey Coverstone bashed away at his kit leading into “Down the Road”, guitarist John Notto ripped an extensive guitar riff into “When I’m Gone” and bassist Justin Smolian made his instrument wail into the encore of “Rolling 7’s”. Meanwhile, vocalist Marc LaBelle was charisma personified, strutting up and down the stage and making sure the audience joined his soaring vocals all night. Dirty Honey also added two new tracks into the set and plenty of fans in the room already knew the words to “The Wire” and “Tied Up”. The band, for all their old school theatrics, remain incredibly humble, thanking The Amazons and everyone in the room for continuing to support their music.
Fans found the guys hanging out after the set was done, selling their own merch and signing plenty of autographs. This headlining run took things to a new level for this still-unsigned group and was a clear indicator that Dirty Honey is the next big thing.
Story and photos by Olivia Khiel