Live: HALESTORM // Alexandra Palace, London
Taking over London’s Alexandra Palace, Halestorm put on an incredible show with captivating vocals and expert instrumentation.
Showing that women deserve to be in the rock scene and proving anyone wrong who thought differently, Halestorm stormed onto Alexandra Palace last week. Kicking things off with Do Not Disturb, the band’s presence was electrifying, lead singer Lzzy Hale in particular controlling the enormous crowd making every single person there feel like they were involved with the show. Her vocals were very much at the forefront as the band moved into Love Bites (So Do I).
Although Lzzy’s vocals took over as the focal point of a lot of the songs, all the members had time to shine during impressive solos. This included drummer Arejay Hale performing with massively oversized drumsticks for a solo which was rather amusing to watch, taking place before going into the brilliant track Freak Like Me.
About halfway through the set, Lzzy addressed the women in the crowd with a very empowering speech, saying “Ladies I want you to wear whatever the fuck you want and I want you to kiss whoever the fuck you want to kiss”.
With a unique lighting accompanying every song, the production set up for the show was spectacular, captivating behind the band’s brilliant performance.
Before playing Chemicals, Lzzy took a moment to express her thoughts by saying: “There’s a difference between rock fans and the rest of the world. You guys aren’t here just because you didn’t have anything better to do tonight. You guys are here because you primarily need to hear that we are all connected. The rock show, it doesn’t care if you are a boy or a girl. It doesn’t care what colour skin you’ve got, it doesn’t care who you love, it doesn’t care what you do for a living, we are all the same at the rock show. We all go through the same shit and tonight is such a beautiful night of fellowship and we lift each other up, we celebrate each other and all of our differences because we are all fucking weirdos and we are proud of it.”
Coming back onto the stage alone, Lzzy brought things down for the beginning of the encore, performing with just a piano. This really showcased how mesmerising her vocals are particularly when stripped back, making even the massive arena feel intimate. She played a mash-up of her own songs Rock Show, White Dress, and Dear Daughter before playing a cover of I Will Always Love You which I was really not expecting to hear at a heavy rock concert but it really suited her voice well. The night concluded with Here’s To Us and I Miss The Misery.
With a very infectious energy from both the band and the fans, Halestorm delivered a thrilling and empowering performance that is sure to linger in our memory for a long time.
Photos: Dani Willgress