I caught up with Halestorm at their sold out Westbury NY show a few weeks back and totally forgot about sharing my thoughts and a few pictures so here we go…
Unfortunately I missed The Dead Deads who opened up the evening but was lucky enough to catch the end of New Medicine. I had heard about this band New Medicine, from Minneapolis, and although I had never seen them, after 20 minutes, I am looking forward to seeing them again, when they play Rock on The Range 2015. Medicine had a good stage presence, the songs were pretty rocking and the crowd thoroughly seemed to enjoy their set. Strangely enough they are playing the 3rd stage of Rock on the Range which is exactly where I first saw Halestorm years ago.
Speaking of Rock on the Range, about two years ago I interviewed Rock on the Range Promoter and Right Arm Entertainments co-president Gary Spivack who said Halestorm are one of the “most hard working, passionate, appreciate and dedicated to the cause bands I know” and for a guy that runs some of the biggest festivals in the US, he knows what he’s talking about and he’s 100% correct.
Halestorm are everywhere and they do anything/everything they can to get out and rock. Whether it be doing festivals throughout the world, doing cover songs live as well as on their two EP’s (ReAniMate & ReAniMate 2.0) or creating a clothing line, they’re a busy group.
Shit! They’ve even gone country!
In addition to all that 2014 also saw Lzzy Hale going classical, sort of, when she was featured on Violinist Lindsey Steriling’s, monsterous hit, ‘Shatter Me’ which is all across the radio dial (country, rock, pop), streaming around the globe and has over 22 Million YouTube views.
With all this going on in the world of Halestorm they still do what they do best which is come on stage, have fun, make it look easy and ROCK sold out crowds. And that’s exactly what happened at The Space while still supporting their 2012 album “The Strange Case.”
Lzzy Hale (guitar/lead vocals), Arejay Hale (drums), Josh Smith (bass) and Joe Hottinger (guitar) crushed the crowd from the opening note of ‘Mz Hyde’ to the final moments of ‘Here’s to Us. With a crowd as diverse as their set bordering on thrash and hipsters to ballads and business men in suits with a bunch of high school kids thrown in as well, their music and crowd covered it all. Songs like ‘Freak Like Me,’ ‘You Call Me Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing,’ and a cover of Judas Priest’s ‘Dissident Aggressor’ got the crowd fired up.
Hottinger and Lzzy traded guitar licks through the evening with Hottinger’s solo’s being the highlight until it was Arejay’s turn. Arejay is not only the drummer and co-founder of Halestorm (with sister Lzzy) but he’s also the entertaining fun factor. Arejay mixes it up playing a little bit of a typical solo before quickly taking it to a different level as he plays to some old hits/tracks you know. For a guy who’s trapped behind a drum kit he’s all over it, on top of it, outside of it and he even brought up New Medicine’s Dylan Wood to join him behind the kit (both playing) before busting out giant drumsticks to finish the solo.
The energy was high and they kept it going with a cover of Dio’s ‘Straight Through the Heart’ followed by The Dead Deads joining them for ‘Daughters of Darkness’. After playing a few more songs they closed out the night with the previously mentioned ‘Here’s to Us’ which is their biggest hit to date.
With a third album complete and ready to be released in early 2015 as well as tour dates currently scheduled through May, including stops at Welcome to Rockville and Rock on the Range, Halestorm doesn’t seem like they will be taking a break anytime soon.
Make sure you keep an eye on their website and facebook pages for album information and don’t forget to catch one of the hardest working bands in 2015 before they finally do take some much needed rest; someday!