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DIRTY HONEY TO KICK OFF NHL’S WINTER CLASSIC WITH A NOD TO MINNEAPOLIS’ FAVORITE SON, PRINCE

DIRTY HONEY TO KICK OFF NHL'S WINTER CLASSIC WITH A NOD TO MINNEAPOLIS' FAVORITE SON, PRINCE

Dirty Honey, one of rock’s hottest breaking bands, will help kick off the 2022 National Hockey League (NHL) Winter Classic on New Years Day as part of TNT’s event coverage. Filmed on one of Minnesota’s iconic frozen lakes and directed by Turner Sports’ Tyler Lassiter and Craig Murray, the band – Marc LaBelle/vocals, John Notto/guitar, Justin Smolian/bass, and Corey Coverstone/drums – will wrap up the Pre-Game coverage with their interpretation of hometown hero and rock icon Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” 

“I found out about Dirty Honey through former NHL player Scottie Upshall and have been a fan of the band ever since,” said Lassiter. “I had read that Marc LaBelle was a big hockey guy, and as soon as we landed the NHL deal on TNT earlier this year, my first thought was that we would do something with these guys at some point. When we came up with this concept, all the stars seemed to align. We needed a band who could faithfully pull off a legit Prince cover as well as one passionate enough to agree to shoot on a frozen lake in northern Minnesota in mid-December. The boys crushed it.”

Dirty Honey’s “Let’s Go Crazy” full-length version was recorded in Los Angeles at NRG Studios and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, and will be available on all DSPs (Dirt Records) to coincide with the Pre-Game festivities this Saturday, January 1.

The NHL Winter Classic will match up two of the best teams in the Western Conference when the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues face off at Minneapolis’ outdoor Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. The NHL Pre-Game begins at 6PM ET/5PM CT/3PM PT. 

Following Dirty Honey’s NHL Winter Classic debut, the band will hit the road on January 18 for the Young Guns tour, a 31-city, co-headline North American trek with Mammoth WVH. More info is HERE

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ABOUT DIRTY HONEY:

In October 2019, Dirty Honey proved with its sexy, bluesy debut single, “When I’m Gone,”  that you don’t need a record deal to go all the way to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream and Hard Rock Charts – the only unsigned artist ever to achieve this. The track was the first song from the band’s self-titled debut EP, produced by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine), recorded in Byron Bay, Australia, and released in March 2019. 

Dirty Honey’s second single/video, the loaded-with-swagger “Rollin 7s,” went to #3 at Rock Radio (still heading up the charts when COVID changed everything), and its music video has racked up north of seven-million YouTube plays. Between the Fall of 2018 and early 2020, Dirty Honey opened for The Who, Guns N’ Roses, and Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, was tagged as a “do not miss” band at the more than a dozen major N.A. summer festivals they played, performed for SRO crowds at every show on its first-ever U.S. headline tour, and Rolling Stone featured them as “An Artist You Need To Know.” Dirty Honey’s self-titled debut album hit the streets on April 23, 2021, and made its bow on the Hard Rock Albums Chart at #2. Following the album’s debut, the band headed out on a nine-week tour as Main Support for The Black Crowes’ “Shake Your MoneyMaker” U.S tour. Dirty Honey received glowing reviews and standing ovations at the majority of the tour’s shows – not bad for a still-breaking opening act. On January 18, 2022, in Philadelphia, PA, Dirty Honey will launch the 31-date “Young Guns” co-headline tour with Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH, aiming to prove that rock’n’roll is very much alive, well, and rockin’.

Photo Courtesy of TNT

About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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