Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Halestorm at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom

Halestorm started as a family band in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Siblings Arejay Hale and Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale took piano lessons at the age of five and began writing and performing original music in 1997 when they were 10 and 13 years old, respectively. Lzzy later progressed to a keytar and began guitar lessons at age 16, Arejay learned to play drums, and their father, Roger Hale, played bass. The teenagers released a debut EP in 1999. Lead guitarist Joe Hottinger joined in 2003 and  Josh Smith replaced dad on bass in 2004. With "Love Bites (So Do I)," Halestorm won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 2013, the first female-fronted band to win in that category. Halestorm's third full studio album, Into the Wild Life, was released on April 10, 2015.

Headlining a bill with Lita Ford and Dorothy at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom tonight, the concert was all about rocking women. During Ford's set, Lzzy Hale and Dorothy Martin came on stage for a cover of the Runaways' "Cherry Bomb," and frequently throughout the night Hale exalted Ford as a pioneer woman rocker with the Runaways. Halestorm later began its set with Lzzy solo on electric piano tenderly singing "God Bless the Beast." The band came on and the rocking started with "Mz. Hyde." The set drew heavily from the band's two most recent albums, adding a shortened cover of Nazareth's "Love Hurts" and Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You" with Martin returning to the stage. During an extended drum solo, Arejay Hale was joined by Ford’s drummer, Bobby Rock, and Dorothy's drummer Zac Morris. Halestorm fared well over all, playing an updated form of classic rock highlighting Lzzy's bluesy vocals and all-around rocking support from the band.

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