My favorite bands in the last ten years or so have been Seether, Slash, and Halestorm. I might be a bit behind the eightball, but I just watched one of the best concert videos I have ever seen. It was Halestorm at the TLA theater on South Street, right here in Philadelphia.
I have liked this band for some time now, but this live gig simply proved this is a superior project. First off, Lzzy Hale is an absolute superstar. I have not heard a voice this good since possibly Queen or Steelheart. She can also play, but it is the songwriting focusing around her unique presence that sells this thing. The band has bought in with everything they have and the result is magic.
The drummer, Lzzy’s brother, is incredibly talented as a showman and technical musician, and it is no wonder he and the lead singer are related. The bass player is a fabulous background vocalist, and the lead guitar player is extremely good.
The show has dynamics and all the professionalism one would expect from a hard rock band, but it has something more. Instead of selling sex, they advertise this crazy sort of unity. One wants to fuck Lizzy Hale, (who wouldn’t) but more, be her pal. She is the coolest chick on the planet with excellent guitar ability and vocal chops that are simply out of this world. They are not fake. They are for real. It would be a dream of mine to someday write a book or movie they did part of the soundtrack to.