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Rocco DeLuca Pushing Out Of Actor's Shadow

Of the Oakland Press

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Rocco DeLuca & the Burden are primarily known as the first band on actor Keifer Sutherland’s Ironworks label — and the co-stars of the documentary “I Trust You to Kill Me.”

It’s a good foot in the door, and while DeLuca says the California group is looking forward to a time when it will be judged on its musical merits, he’s not complaining about the notoriety.

“I love everybody I work with,” says DeLuca, 31, whose father was a touring musician with Bo Diddley, among others. “I’m so proud of everybody I work with, and everyone’s intentions are so good.

“It’s one of the purest things I’ve ever been involved with in my life, so whether or not a bit of that (celebrity) rubs off, it doesn’t matter.”

And while he was happy with Ironworks co-owner Jude Cole’s work producing the Burden’s debut album, also titled “I Trust You to Kill Me,” DeLuca did have to fire Sutherland from his self-appointed position as the group’s tour manager during the European tour that led to the documentary.

“I think we fired each other, actually,” DeLuca says with a laugh. “We didn’t really have to say anything; he was like, ‘I’m gonna go back to work and do what I do best, ’cause this is crazy ...’ And I was like, ‘We need to survive through the year, so you do need to go back to your work and do what you do best ...

“It was a lot of fun for me, but at some point, you have to get serious about making this work, y’know?”

Rocco DeLuca & the Burden, the Last Goodnight and Sara Bareilles perform at 7 p.m. Friday (July 27th) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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