Dirty Honey’s debut single, “When I’m Gone,” became the first song by an unsigned artist to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. Their second single, “Rolling 7s,” went into the Top 5 and was still headed up. Meanwhile they had opened for The Who, Guns ’N Roses, Slash, and Alter Bridge and were playing major festivals like Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma, Louder Than Life, Heavy MTL, and Epicenter. On the band’s first U.S. headline tour in January and February 2020, the band sold out every date.
And then Covid happened.
Unlike many, that did not stop them. In June 2021, amid the lockdowns, Rolling Stone wrote them up as an “Artist You Need to Know.” The headline: “Dirty Honey Wants to Spark a Classic Rock Revival.” They’re not wrong. This ensemble knows who they are, are unapologetically fantastic at it, and determined to create that footprint in an era that is hungry for it.
Lead vocalist, Marc La Belle channels the voices of Steven Tyler, Axl Rose, Robert Plant, and even a bit of Chris Cornell – a ridiculous concept, I know, but just listen and you’ll hear it. There’s presence about him that tells you he has a steel grip on his trajectory, and nothing is going to hold him back.