The Struts return to San Diego for KAABOO


The Struts might hail from the United Kingdom, but San Diego has somewhat become a second home to the band. In the past two years, vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies have taken the stage in San Diego more than once.

The band is set to return to San Diego in September for KAABOO Del Mar.

“San Diego is one of the first places we played,” Spiller said. “We’ve been there three or four times visiting or playing shows. It’s always been very good to us.”

Since forming in Derby, England, in 2012, The Struts band has continued to receive critical acclaim for their 2014 debut album, “Everybody Wants.”

After touring throughout North America throughout 2015 in support of their “Have You Heard” EP, the band re-released a remastered and extended version of “Everybody Wants” via Interscope Records in March. The band wrote about 10 new songs for the re-release, Spiller said, ultimately choosing five for the album.

“We decided to improve the album, which was cool,” he said.

Since signing with Interscope, The Struts band members have continued to bring back rock ‘n’ roll to the forefront with their catchy singles, rock star antics and nonstop tour around the world.

Some of the band’s influences include Queen, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones, whom they opened for in Paris in 2014. Since then, the four-piece band has also opened for legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses and supported Mötley Crüe on their final four performances at the end of last year. The band has also played a variety of festivals across the country, including BottleRock, Firefly and Lollapalooza.

Joking that The Struts live in a town called “Suitcase,” Spiller said the U.S. reception has “been great.”

“The crowd has been really good,” he said.

The Struts are set to return to San Diego Saturday, Sept. 17 at KAABOO Del Mar with a lineup that will likely include chart-topping hits “Kiss This” and “Could Have Been Me.”

At the same time, Spiller said the band is currently working on new material.

“The album is quite old now and we’ve got a lot of stuff built up,” Spiller said. “It’s important to get as many fresh songs as possible. We’re just getting started.”

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