Review: Halestorm, Rock City
A month ago Halestorm won the Grammy Award for the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for their song Love Bites (So Do I). On the evidence of this show it’s not hard to see why.
Elizabeth Hale, aka Lzzy, is an absolute tour-de-force. Her vocal brilliance aside, Lzzy seems equally adept on both lead and rhythm guitars, and even throws in a decent turn on keyboards for good measure.
With her black strappy dress and denim jacket she is the picture of rock-chick chic, and creates the kind of image you can appreciate her young female fans would try to emulate.
As for the fans themselves, I was pleasantly surprised to see such a huge turn out for a band who released their self-titled debut album just four years ago.
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It’s a testament to what the four-piece bring to the genre that so many people want to follow these rising stars.
With Lzzy as the obvious focal point and driving force, the rest of the group comprising her brother Arejay on drums, Joe Hottinger on lead, and Josh Smith on bass, are a cohesive unit.
Despite their obvious work ethic and natural enjoyment at doing what they love, I’d have to be ultra-critical and say they are just shy of being truly outstanding.
Song-wise Freak Like Me; Here’s to Us, and I Get Off are all great sounding rock tracks but the real quality of the night came in their cover of Judas Priest’s Dissident Aggressor.