The USO and Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) will soon deploy ADEMA on the group's first tour to entertain troops stationed in the Persian Gulf. The modern rock band, consisting of new lead singer Luke Caraccioli, guitarist Tim Fluckey, bassist Dave DeRoo and drummer Kris Kohls, will perform free shows and "meet and greet" troops stationed at a number of locations in the region.
ADEMA's new lead singer, Luke Caraccioli, is himself a former Marine. Caraccioli was selected to be ADEMA's new singer less than six months after leaving the Marines. Meanwhile his company was deployed to the Persian Gulf. ADEMA's upcoming tour of the Persian Gulf holds special meaning for Caraccioli. "To know the feelings they have being on deployment, being away from their families and being cut off from society, and now to be able to do this for them, it makes me extremely happy," he says.
ADEMA, based in Bakersfield, California, released its self-titled debut in 2001 which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and went on to achieve Gold sales status. The album garnered critical acclaim and the Top 15 Modern Rock track, "Giving In".
ADEMA's debut album for Earache Records, "Planets", is scheduled for release in the United States on April 5 and in Europe on April 11. This album will be the first with lead vocals by Caraccioli.
ADEMA's tour of the Persian Gulf continues the USO/AFE mission to bring celebrity entertainment to the "front lines." Recent tour participants traveling to the Persian Gulf region include Robin Williams, James Gandolfini, Toby Keith, Colin Quinn, David Letterman, Henry Rollins and Wayne Newton.