Dirty Honey rocks the hive in Detroit–and gains new fans

Dirty Honey

By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night

Venue: The Fillmore, Detroit-October 6, 2019

Dirty Honey

Rock At Night has always had a penchant for classic rock bands—and Millennial bands that have that dirty, sexy, rock sound. You’ll find us following bands large and small between the UK, EU, and US such as Blackberry Smoke, Magpie Salute, Greta Van Fleet, rumHoney, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, and many more that have the “it” sound. Now, our new favorite band is Dirty Honey, a Los Angeles band which released a must-hear self-titled EP which will give you faith that classic-sounding rock music is here to stay!  The single “When I’m Gone” is taking the internet by storm with millions of streams and is being heard on national radio stations nationwide in the U.S.

Dirty Honey

It was just a couple of years ago that Dirty Honey came to fruition and has racked up an impressive resume, touring with the likes of Slash, opening for The Who and Guns N Roses, and not to mention, playing at a slew of summer festivals such as Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma, and Sonic Temple.  Recently, Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Dirty Honey’s guitarist John Notto. You can find the interview HERE.

Dirty Honey

Dirty Honey is currently on tour with Alter Bridge and Skillet, and Rock At Night caught up with the band in Detroit on October 6, 2019. The Fillmore was rocking the hive as Dirty Honey came out on stage in the Motor City with all pistons firing.  The historic Renaissance-themed venue, which was recently restored to its1925 splendor, was packed from the floor to the balcony, way before the doors opened, clearly waiting to see the opening band.  I even noticed many Dirty Honey t-shirts proudly on display.

Finally, at 7 p.m., this blues-rock band kicked ass and took names, as the crowd welcomed the band with cheers and whistles. Marc Labelle, wearing his signature black hat, and carrying the mic stand across the stage, belted out “Scars”, as guitarist John Notto and bassist Justin Smolian, pranced and strutted, waving their long locks. Corey Coverstone, possibly the glue of the band, pounded the drums with gusto, tying their signature classic rock sound together.

Dirty Honey

By the time “Heartbreaker” was played, the band truly had the audience in the palm of their hand! Other highlights were their massively popular single “When I’m Gone” and finally, “Rolling 7s”, as Dirty Honey turned out to be not just an opening band, but clearly a much anticipated performance.  As I wandered into the lobby, as Alter Bridge was playing their set, there was a long line of fans at the Dirty Honey merch table, many posing with the bands for photographs and grabbing signatures on albums and t-shirts. The response was overwhelming! Clearly, Dirty Honey grabbed a bunch of new converts to the hive in the Motor City, which has a long-standing love of classic rockers.

Members: Marc Labelle/vocals, John Notto/guitar, Justin Smolian/bass, and Corey Coverstone/drums

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19 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC *

21 House of Blues, N. Myrtle Beach, SC*

22 MECU Pavilion, Baltimore, MD **

24 Terminal 5, New York, NY **

25 The Met, Philadelphia, PA **

27 Express Live!, Columbus, OH **

28 Louder Than Life, Louisville, KY (GN’R, Ice Cube)

30 Rebel, Toronto **


MTelus, Montreal **

The Palladium, Worcester, MA **

Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH **

The Fillmore, Detroit, MI **

Myth Live, St. Paul, MN **

Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL **

Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, Kansas City, MO **

Exit 111, Manchester, TN (Guns N’Roses)

The Pageant, St. Louis, MO  **

Saenger Theatre, Mobile, AL  **

Avondale Brewing Co., Birmingham, AL **

Vibes Event Center, San Antonio, TX **

The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX  **

Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL **

House of Blues, Orlando, FL  **

House of Blues, Orlando, FL  **


The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV  (Guns N’ Roses)

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV  (Guns N’ Roses)

Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ  ^

Sister Bar, Albuquerque, NM  ^

Jake’s Backroom, Lubbock, TX  ^

Lost Lake, Denver, CO  ^

The Saint, Reno, NV  ^

Holy Diver, Sacramento, CA  ^

Strummers, Fresno, CA  ^

Voodoo Room @ House of Blues, San Diego, CA  ^

The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA  ^

* Alter Bridge/10 Years

** Alter Bridge/Skillet

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READ or listen to the audio of ROCK AT NIGHT’s interview with JOHN NOTTO:

Chyrisse Tabone, Ph.D.
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