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Concert Review: Halestorm at the Palladium in Worcester, MA

December 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Concert Reviews, Daily Music News

November 29, 2014
The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Review & Photos by:  Jeff Palmucci

Halestorm played to a sold out crowd last Saturday at the Palladium in Worcester. The place was packed and these guys put on a great show. Lzzy Hale’s vocal work is amazing.[1] She has the ability to come across as sweet or playful one moment and hard and aggressive the next, sometimes in the same song (Mz. Hyde).

Drummer Arejay Hale, the other Hale in Halestorm, is unbelievably animated on stage. He can pound on those things, not bothering to keep his seat and always working the crowd. During his extended drum solo, he invited out New Medicine drummer Dylan Wood to make it a duo. These guys started working their way around the drum sets wailing away in perfect synchronicity. It was a pretty impressive sight.

I play a lot of music when I’m chauffeuring various members my family to their activities. It’s the one place where I am the master of my domain and can freely crank up the music. I play Halestorm a lot. So much so that the younger members of my family (those that like my music) can now successfully curse like sailors (Here’s to Us). Those that aren’t into it are getting pretty sick of the same old songs.[2]

Well don’t worry family, your ordeal is almost over. Lzzy confirmed it, announcing: “We just finished our new record!” It’s been 2 years since 2012’s “The Strange Case of…” studio album. In the meantime they’ve released the Reanimate 2.0 EP, consisting of several covers. Halestorm’s covers aren’t that typical. They can radically change the feel of the song as they remake it. For example, I love their hard rock version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, and absolutely hate the original dance version. However, their original stuff is much better, and I am very much looking forward to the new album.

Halestorm is one of the hardest touring bands around. I count 51 dates in the next 4 months. There’s absolutely no reason for you not to be at one of them.

[1] So much so, that I’ve written about her when reviewing other bands. Google “palmucci flyleaf”.

[2] Although I’ve caught my older daughter Charlotte, who is an actress and heavily into Broadway music, singing along to “In Your Room” a couple of times.

Set list:

Sick Riff
Mz. Hyde
It’s Not You
Freak Like Me
Dissident Aggressor
You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing
Daughters of Darkness
Rock Show
Gold Dust
Hate It When You See Me Cry
Do My Dirty Work
I Get Off
Live Bites
I Miss the Misery
I Like It Heavy
Here’s to Us

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