Halestorm, the rock n’ roll power house fronted by the immensely talented Lzzy Hale took over the Grove of Anaheim this past Friday. With the band just releasing their third studio album Into The Wild Life, the venue was officially sold out and ready to have a good time. With great opening acts as Royal Thunder and Rival Sons getting the crowd warmed up you knew this night was going to be something special. When the lights finally went black, it felt as if the roof was going to literally cave in. Lead guitarist Joe Hottinger and vocalist/guitarist Lzzy Hale took front stage and ripped into the opening riff of Love Bites (So Do I). With a crowd reaction that shook the room, the night was off to a powerful start.
Halestorm is still somewhat early in their extremely promising career, and their music is finally starting to take traction. Their new album Into The Wild Life brings a new but old school flavor to the table. With the second song being their newest hit single Apocalyptic, you could tell that the band was excited because the house just about exploded. With explosive riffs by Hottinger and Hale, hard hitting drums by Arejay Hale, and groovin bass by Josh Smith, the band as a whole is a unit of power that is traveling the world leaving trails of fire behind them.
Many times, bands struggle making set lists because there is the constant issue whether or not to play more old or new songs. Halestorm on the other hand executed the show perfectly with a mixture of old and new. Playing new songs such as New Modern Love, the intense jam Mayhem, and even a ballad, Dear Daughter, Halestorm proved that they are not going anywhere anytime soon. Not forgetting about old school Halestorm fans however, they played some of their hits such as Mz. Hyde, I Get Off, and closed the night with the rockin’ I Miss the Misery.
The vibe of the band’s music is very well shown in their live show. With the music being mostly hard rock with heavy influences of blues and heavy metal, fans from every genre attended the concert. The stage presence by none other than “Lzzy F’n Hale” (says so on her guitar strap) was enough to rock the house, but with the entire band backing her, they are an unstoppable powerhouse of hard rock/heavy metal. Anyone that is a fan of hard music from the 80’s, ripping guitar licks and straight up rock n’ roll will be brought back to the prime time of music, and will be introduced to a new flavor of rock that will continue to grow as the years come.
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