When Lzzy Hale says, “I have needs that need to be met tonight,” you better believe she’s going to get a response. Revolver Magazine’s “Hottest Chick in Rock” had the sold out crowd at Summit Music Hall wrapped around her finger on Thursday night, proving that sex still sells in rock ‘n roll.
Halestorm has been a consistent supporting act for nearly every major hard rock tour during the past three years. Though, thanks to a steady stream of successful singles from 2012’s “The Strange Case Of…” and Lzzy’s generous PR, the Pennsylvania rockers have stepped out of their supporting role to become one of the genre’s hottest headliners — no pun intended.
At 10 p.m., with more than 1,000 voices chanting their name, Halestorm came out with guitars blazing. A stiletto-clad Hale and company wasted no time getting their set energy up, opening with “Mz. Hyde” and “Love Bites.” The set was packed full of tracks from Halestorm’s latest album, but the band paid homage to its first record with “Dirty Work” — a favorite for every fiery female in the building.
The band slowed things down mid-set and let Hale show off her best asset — her voice. The venue was quiet for the first time all night as Hale belted out a solo version of “Break In.” Quick to follow her solo was a chance for another member of the Hale family to show off a bit — Lzzy’s brother and Halestorm drummer, Arejay.
Arejay Hale may be the closest thing to a real-life Animal (the Muppet) on the planet. The flaming red-haired drummer is one of the most entertaining in rock music and his drum solo nearly stole the show on Thursday night. Arejay brought new life to the traditional drum solo by ditching the sticks altogether. He played with his bare hands, feet and elbows. At one point it seemed as though he was going to head-butt a cymbal just to use another body part. It was a well-placed transition in the set, which was beginning to drag after the halfway point.
After closing with “I Get Off,” Halestorm was summoned back to stage at 11:15 p.m. The band left the crowd’s needs satisfied with its biggest hits of the year: “Here’s To Us” and a night-ending “I Miss the Misery.”
Jason Bullinger is a new photographer with Reverb