Halestorm Laval Concert Review and Photos

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Usually when a band takes to the stage, the lead singer is the last to appear, but that was not the case when it came to Halestorm last night. Taking to the stage on her own, Lzzy Hale took command of the stage with a little intro of Raise Your Horns before being joined by the rest of the band for I Miss The Misery. Towards the end of the song, guitarist Joe Hottinger strutted to the front of the stage for a nice little solo before being joined by Lzzy for a joint solo, synchronizing perfectly. 

Next up was Love Bites, and before playing the next song, she dedicated it to the ladies in the crowd asking, “where my bitches at?!?”, well, they made their voices heard inside Place Bell. Now it was time for I Get Off, and midway through the song, once again, Lzzy was pretty much on stage alone (aside from Josh Smith on keys off to the side). She got on down low for a mini cover of Heart’s, Crazy On You, before the boys joined her once again to finish off the song. Wicked, and Freak Like Me were next. 

When she wasn’t rocking out behind the mic stand, Lzzy would take the opportunity to engage with the crowd walking around with mic in hand singing directly to fans in the crowd. Throughout the night, the entire band put on such an entertaining show. From Joe, and Josh pointing out fans in the crowd while tossing guitar picks their way, to drummer Arejay Hale… well, it’s hard to describe his playing style, so we’ll go with organized chaos? He managed to stay on beat all while he was tossing his sticks in the air, twirling them in between hits, to playing with his head (yes, you read that right) to even using his foot to hit the high hat. 

Before playing the next song, Lzzy asked the crowd if they’ve seen Halestorm before? She then added, “since we have our old friends, and our new friends together in one room tonight, I’d like to bring it all together, and I need your help. I want everyone to get out their cell phones, and those lighters, and light this place up tonight. We’re going to go back to the beginning”. Next up was A Familiar Taste of Poison, and towards the end of the song, Lzzy left the stage while the guys had a little jam session on their own. 

Takes My Life, one of their older songs, came next. Then Joe, Lzzy, and Josh then took a little break while Arejay had some fun with the fans for a solo behind the kit showing off some of what I mentioned earlier, including having some fun with a giant pair of sticks that from a distance looked like baguettes. The rest of the band returned to the stage for Back From The Dead, and to close out their set, they played The Steeple, winding it down with a bit of the song that got their set started, I Miss The Misery.

Halestorm is one of those bands that instantly makes you a fan of theirs if you’ve never seen them live. They have a way of leaving a lasting impression on you, and a big part of that is that they all get a chance to play the main character for a bit. The first time I saw them was back in 2009 when they played Le Petit Campus, and it’s been great to see how far they’ve come since then.

We had a chance to chat with the band before the show, so stay tuned for that in the next few days.

Next up was Volbeat, but were they ready to match the intensity of Halestorm? Well, let’e see. Click HERE to read our review of their set, and to see our photos. 

Enjoy the rest of our Halestorm photos below