Halestorm

Halestorm at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA

On a brisk fall night, Anaheim, CA was in for a treat as the Grammy Award-winning hard rockers Halestorm brought their ‘Halloween Scream’ 2017 headlining tour to the sold-out House of Blues on Oct. 20.

In this age of YouTube, the Internet and endless singing competitions, when was the last time you saw an entire sold-out venue get involved? Enter the charismatic frontwomen Lzzy Hale, a creative force behind the lead vocals of Halestorm. The whole band is incredible; however, it can’t be denied what a captivating figure Lzzy is; with her radiating smile, star charisma and phenomenal voice.

The energy was palpable as Halestorm took the stage to an army of loyal enthusiasts. What followed was an endorsement of the passion the band consistently brings to their dynamic live show; metal horns thrust into the air from a sea of mixed crowd-surfers surging as sweat levels climbed.

To get a clear picture of Halestorm, you have to travel back to 1997 to a place called Red Lion, Pennsylvania, where Elizabeth Mae “Lzzy” Hale co-founded the heavy rock band at the age of 13 with her chief bandmate and ten-year-old younger brother, drummer Arejay Hale. As time progressed, along with their success, the two siblings added guitarist Joe Hottinger and bassist Josh Smith, completing the dynamic foursome.

Halestorm has established themselves as one of the compelling heavy rock bands of the 21st century. Understanding first hand what it feels like to be different, to not quite fit into societies neat little molds, Lzzy has perfected the art of writing hard-hitting songs with compelling lyrics that inspire and connect directly with their devoted fans who passionately scream every word right back to them.

As the Pennsylvania natives belt out their massive sound to packed-house crowds around the world, there is no mistake Halestorm is, without a doubt, rock stars in the genuine sense of the word, proving to any nay-sayers, rock and metal have a permanent pulse in today’s music scene.

Photos by Joshua Weesner