After spending the summer touring with The Black Crowes – plus their own headlining dates – Dirty Honey is going back out on the road, and this time, they’ve got Mammoth WVH! The two emerging bands will co-headline their Young Guns Tour.
These two bands have been proving that rock is not dead, so we fully expect these shows to be sell outs. The North American tour hits 30 cities and begins on January 21st with a ticket presale coming tomorrow (details below!).
Way back in the early days of summer 2021, OC Music News told you a little band named Dirty Honey would be opening for The Black Crowes on their Shake Your Money Maker Tour. We spoke to John Notto (guitars) and Justin Smolian (bass) before the tour and then caught the opening night performance. We told you they were destined to be rock stars. No, not rock stars… ROCK STARS.
To be fair, we weren’t the only ones singing their praises; it seems like anyone who sees them live becomes a convert. Every night of the tour, Los Angeles’ Dirty Honey showed incredible energy while showcasing their awesome tunes and performing like true showmen of rock.
In addition to Notto and Smolian, Dirty Honey consists of Marc LaBelle (vocals) and Corey Coverstone (drums). While touring through the summer, they released the single “The Wire” and an accompanying video, created duet videos with fans on their socials, and played historic locations like Red Rocks and the Forum. In their own words: “In the past 2 years we’ve gone from playing clubs, to the Troubadour, to the El Rey… to THE FORUM! A hometown show for the books THANK YOU LA!!!”
This tour is not the first time the bands have played together. “We played one co-headline show with Dirty Honey back in September. As soon as the night was over, we knew this would be a great package to take across the US. We couldn’t be more excited to share the stage with them and give all of the fans an unforgettable night of rock music,” explains Wolfgang Van Halen.
That’s right. Van Halen. Eddie’s son – who was already impressing fans while playing for Van Halen – has his own thing, Mammoth WVH. While Dirty Honey opened for the Crowes, Mammoth WVH supported Guns N’ Roses. At the beginning of the tour, Mammoth WVH had only played two live shows, so they truly got a “baptism-by-fire” by opening for the Guns N’ Roses – in stadiums no less!
Both groups released self-titled debut albums this year and their debut singles (Dirty Honey “When I’m Gone” and Mammoth WVH “Distance”) hit the number one position on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. Also, “Mammoth WVH” debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, and “Dirty Honey” claimed the number two position on the chart.
These will definitely be amazing rock shows and the bands will alternate the closing slot. As Dirty Honey’s LaBelle says, “People who come to our shows are going to see two bands who are looking to prove that rock’n’roll is definitely very much alive and well. We both carry the weight of that on our shoulders, and there’s a lot to prove.”
A special ticket presale begins today at 10 a.m. local time with the pre-sale password YOUNGGUNS.
The general on-sale starts this Friday at 10 a.m. local time.