San Diego, CA-
“…Halestorm is a band I’ve seen a lot in the last 11 years or so. The first song I heard from them was Love/Hate Heartbreak as Itunes used to offer free discovery videos. I downloaded it and played it occasionally as it crossed my playlist. It was a solid song. Their cover of Skid Row’s “Slave to The Grind” caught my interest again as I’ve never heard anyone who could match Sebastian Bach’s grit and growl, as well as Lzzy Hale, does. But, My true fandom hit when I heard “Love Bites (But so Do I) and Familiar Taste of Poison.”
With the 7 or 8 times I’ve seen them live, I can honestly say, they get better every time I see them. Lzzy Hale’s voice is strong and confident, raw yet delicate at the same time.
They opened their set with “Back From the Dead” the latest single they released in August of this year. What followed was a blistering set of songs mostly from the first two albums. The aforementioned “Love Bites” and “I Get Off”, “Black Vultures,” “I am The Fire.”
At this point, Lzzy sits at her white grand piano and begins to play and is soon joined on stage by Amy Lee for a duet on “Break-In.” The blending of their voices is beautiful and enchanting. I love seeing bands on tour together that support each other this way. The boys of the band return to the stage for “Amen” from the Into the Wild Life album.
Drummer Arejay Hale takes the spotlight for his ever-present drum solo. Let me just say, that it is and has always been a highlight of every Halestorm set I’ve seen. He is masterful and wildly entertaining on his drums.
Joe, Lzzy, and Josh come back out and they closed their 11 song set with “Freak Like Me,” “Uncomfortable” and an extended jam version of “I Miss the Misery.” To say that this band is a must-see is an understatement. Their Instagram moniker is @halestormrocks and that they truly do and more…”
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