A storm blew through Chattanooga taking no prisoners recently. Hard rock/ \metal act Halestorm featuring sister and brother Lzzy and Arejay Hale (guitar/ vocals and drums respectively) took over Track 29 and made it its own hard rock and roll paradise.
A stocked full house waited patiently sitting (actually standing) through two other acts waiting for the band to take the stage.
Who would have ever thought they were so popular? I didn’t. No disrespect, but I’ve only heard a few cuts and have seen their tour itinerary in the past and saw who they’ve been paired with, but I wasn’t expecting what I saw and heard.
I am now a convert. Halestorm are balls to the wall rock and roll. Lzzy took to the mic with a vengeance and mad her guitar an extension of herself as she rode it around, back and fort and into the ground as temperatures rose in the venue.
Halestorm’s performance was pure turbo charged and such a welcome break of indie bands who sorta can play their instruments and are busy using their music for emotional therapy. Halestorm’s music is pure enjoyment and fun. Sure, some of the songs have a message, but Halestorm is what rock and roll truly is all about – joy and having a good time exuding that joy.
With two albums in the books the band played a majority of their material from their second album, The Strange Case Of… Also thrown in were a few choice covers – two to be exact. The first midway through the show was a cover of Judas Priest’s “Dissident Aggressor” and the first song of their encore was Guns N’ Roses’ “Out Ta Get Me” and they finished the frenzied night with “Here’s to Us”.
Opening the show was a mixed bag of talent. The night started with The Dead Deads out of Nashville. Fronted by Leticia Wolf they put on a great set of edgy, slightly punk rock and roll. It was a very entertaining set from the all-girl rock band featuring nifty instrumentation, catchy lyrics and a slightly tongue-in-cheek stage persona. I definitely want to see them again.
The middle act was band called Bad Medicine. With a name like that you expect them to be a Bon Jovi cover band. Not quite. It was original rock and roll. However the songs were too derivative and the band’s lead singer sounded like he should be fronting a Rage Against the Machine cover band as I expected the band to break into “Renegades of Funk” at any moment (they didn’t). As the lead singer told the crowd, “This song is about getting laid and stuff”. Yep. Bring on Hailstorm.
I Like It Heavy
I Miss the Misery
Love Bites (So Do I)
Freak Like Me
It’s Not You
You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing
I’m Not an Angel
(Judas Priest cover)
Daughters of Darkness
I Get Off
Out Ta Get Me
(Guns N’ Roses cover)
Here’s to Us
– Dave Weinthal
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