Dirty Honey Music Video: “Won’t Take Me Alive” Out Now








“I told you like I said before I never asked to start a war

But now you know that I’d rather die

“You won’t take me alive”



With lyrics by vocalist Marc LaBelle, Dirty Honey’s new song, “Won’t Take Me Alive,” draws a non-negotiable line in the sand of integrity and self-determination on one side, and potentially dire consequences on the other.  Lyrically, inspiration was taken from the bravery and defiance found today in the people of Ukraine, as well as from a conversation LaBelle had with a fellow traveler he met while visiting the Berlin Wall. The gentleman had grown up in Cold War Germany, so he resonated with those forced to live under autocratic rule. Musically, the song is a literal, take-no-prisoners-balls-out-rocker. The music video for “Won’t Take Me Alive,” released today, follows suit.



Written and directed by George Gallardo Kattah,* the video centers on Ava, a private school student who is told by Helga, the school’s principal, that she has to conform to the rules, wear the school uniform, no tongue piercing, no listening to rock music. But Ava is defiant; she won’t submit, and instead, she continues to break down the walls of conformity that are important to establishing who she is and will be for the rest of her life. She finds solace in her attic bedroom, where she can listen to and play the music that releases her frustrations. She keeps track on a chalkboard of every day that she’s in school, another day in prison. And she is desperately looking for an exit, any exit, which she finds as the story unfolds. This is “Won’t Take Me Alive.” 

“This song made me feel like a teenager, and we had lots of fun channeling our frustrations from back in the day by doing this video,” said Gallardo. “Bringing Ava and Helga to life was quite a process and a highlight of this year so far.”

Dirty Honey’s 2023 North American “Can’t Find The Brakes” headline tour launches on October 18, and the band’s upcoming album, Can’t Find The Brakes, is set for a November 3 release. For all tour dates and more Dirty Honey information, go HERE.


Dirty Honey Tour Dates ’23



16 MMRBBQ, Freedom Mortgage Pavilion, Camden, NJ 

20 Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MI (support for Guns N’ Roses) 

“Can’t Find The Brakes” Headline Tour ’23

With special guest Austin Meade, one of the most exciting and unique artists coming out of the Texas scene confirmed as support, dates for Dirty Honey’s “Can’t Find The Brakes North American Headline Tour” are as follows:



18 The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 

19 Ace of Spaces, Sacramento, CA 

21 The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA 

22 The Nile Theater, Mesa, AZ 

24 The Studio at the Factory, Dallas, TX 

25 RISE Rooftop, Houston, TX 

27 The Beacham, Orlando, FL 

28 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra, FL

29 The RITZ Ybor, Tampa, FL 

31  Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, GA 



 1 The Underground, Charlotte, NC 

 3 Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD 

 4 HMAC, Harrisburg, PA 

 5 Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ 

 7 Théâtre Beanfield, Montreal, QC CANADA 

 8 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ONT CANADA 

10 The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN 

12 Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH 

13 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL 

15 Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS 

16 Summit, Denver, CO 

17 The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT 

19 The Sand Dollar Downtown, Las Vegas, NV 

20 The Belasco, Los Angeles, CA 

24 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA 

25 Roseland Theater, Portland, OR 

26 The Showbox, Seattle, WA 

28 Knitting Factory, Boise, ID 



 1 Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE 

 2 Uptown Theater, Minneapolis, MN 

 4 The Rave II, Milwaukee, WI 

 5 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, IL 

 7 Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI 

 8 Elevation, Grand Rapids, MI 

 9 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH 

11 The Bluestone, Columbus, OH 

13 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville, TN 

14 Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY 

15 The Hawthorn, St. Louis, MO 


Tickets can be purchased HERE


Marc LaBelle – vocals

John Notto – guitars

Justin Smolian – bass

Jaydon Bean – drums


L-R:  John Notto/guitars, Marc LaBelle/vocals, Jaydon Bean/drums, Justin Smolian/bass

Photo credit:  Katarina Benzova



About Dirty Honey:

Some musicians take a while to build an audience and connect with fans.  For the Los Angeles-based quartet Dirty Honey, success came right out of the gate… 

In September 2019, Dirty Honey made history as the only unsigned artist in Billboard’s near four-decades to go all the way to #1 on the magazine’s Mainstream and Hard Rock Charts with its debut single, “When I’m Gone.”  Since that weighty debut, Dirty Honey has opened for The Who, Guns N’ Roses, Slash with Alter Bridge, and The Black Crowes (when the band received glowing press reviews and a standing ovation at the majority of the tour’s concerts — unprecedented for a support act).  Dirty Honey’s self-titled album – without the help of a record label – debuted at #2 on the Current Hard Rock Chart, Rolling Stone featured them as “An Artist You Need To Know,” they were tagged as the “do-not-miss-band” at more than a dozen major North American summer festivals, and played sold-out shows on their first two North American headline tours.  In May, 2022 the band released its international EP/LP debut, and headed to the UK and Europe for their first tour there, playing headline shows, festival slots and support dates with Guns N’ Roses, KISS and Rival Sons.  Both legs of the band’s 2023 UK/European headline tours sold out with most of the venues having to upscale due to ticket demand. 

In April 2023, the band – Marc LaBelle/vocals, John Notto/guitar, Justin Smolian/bass, and newest member, Jaydon Bean/drums) – headed to Australia to record their new album, Can’t Find The Brakes, due out ton November 3.  The album’s first single, “Won’t Take Me Alive” – released on July 7, 2023 – is a literal, take-no-prisoners-balls-out rocker.   Dirty Honey will launch their 2023-24 North American world tour on October 18, preceded by a handful of dates supporting Guns N’ Roses, and then roll into headline shows in October/November/December.

 Dirty Honey continues to take the world by storm.



About George Gallardo Kattah:

George Gallardo Kattah is a writer, director and cinematographer driven by story, culture and being true to his feelings. His career started with documentary photography while he went to art school in Bogotá, Colombia. After developing his first two feature documentaries, he migrated to Los Angeles, California. He has directed multiple music videos for labels such as Sony, Arista, Concord and Anti-Epitaph, always bringing his documentary sensibility to the equation. His films have been selected at Biarritz, Bordeaux, Buenos Aires, and Cartagena, winning awards and honorable mentions from the jurors, and he is currently nominated for Video of the Year in the inaugural Rolling Stone En Español Awards. His truest intentions of building bridges throughout North, Central and South America has materialized in founding Continente Pictures.






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