August 17, 2016
Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Andrea D. Morin
Photos by Michael Insuaste
Dellacoma Wraps Up The US Winston Wolfe Tour @ Gas Monkey
Australian/American rock band Dellacoma wrapped up an 85-show U.S. tour last Wednesday night at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill in Dallas, Texas. Their impressive festival appearance list included Rocklahoma, Rock Fest, Rock USA, Rockin' The Rivers, sharing the stage with Rise Against, Alice In Chains, Def Leppard, and Black Label Society.
Fans that came from all over the country to see Dellacoma play at the Gas Monkey were not disappointed. A little rain didn't keep them away from hearing Dellacoma Rio's powerful and edgy vocals! This band, which embodies true Rock N' Roll, is amazing to see live with their high energy performance and a passion that shines through every song. Del has an amazing stage presence that you would expect from a seasoned performer. He really commands the attention from the audience with his dreamy Aussie accent that melts the hearts of his adoring female fans!
Dellacoma kicked off their set with "Mean Bone (Ain't Life Grand)," a cover from Slash's Snakepit, followed by "Defiance," a new song that will appear on their next studio album. The crowd really filled in around the stage with the first line of the catchy tune "Moving On To Something New," the first single from their debut album, South of Everything. The powerful vocal hooks combined with amazing guitar riffs from, Mesquite, Texas, Art Struck, the deep bass lines by, Aussie/Texan, Rick Reyonds, and rockin' drum solos by Matt Cook, another Texas musician, make this song an instant hit.
Del then switched to a wireless microphone to extend his reach beyond the stage with his signature crowd antics. He took the back staircase up to the balcony to serenade the fans from above and dance with some onlookers. He crossed the balcony and took the stairs down to interact with the fans before heading back to the stage to play three more songs from the debut album including "Fame/Slaves/Gold," "My Kinda Woman," and "Under My Skin," in which Art Struck killed it on guitar. Del's shirt came off after that song, another signature move that the ladies love and scream for! He even scaled the tiny railing which overlooked the pond next to the Gas Monkey like walking a tight rope on the slick surface from the rain!
The band played "Finding Neverland" and "Kill Your Idols," both new songs that will appear on their highly anticipated 2017 release forthcoming album. Del told JAM that Steven Tyler from Aerosmith has been a huge influence, and its evident by the scarves draped along his microphone stand, and their cover of Aerosmith's "Lick and a Promise."
The band ended with “Time Falls Away,” the second single from South of Everything. The band recently filmed a video of this song in Boston while on their tour in which we can see a preview of Del hanging upside down singing in this Periscope clip.
Dellacoma is taking a much needed break before kicking off their Australian Tour on December 8th, followed by recording their next full-length studio album early in 2017. The band then heads across the pond in to kick off their 2017 European tour in North Wales, firing up the stage at already sold-out Hard Rock Hell Festival on March 10, before heading back to the U.S. for their Summer tour.