Houston needed a break.
Memorial Day weekend saw a storm dump nearly a foot of rain on the metro area, causing widespread flooding and wreaking havoc across huge parts of Texas. By Wednesday, the weather had cleared but the difficult work of cleaning up and rebuilding was far from over.
Cue a storm of a different kind.
Lzzy Hale’s band Halestorm has risen to the top of the rock music scene in recent years. Wednesday night’s performance at Houston’s Bayou Music Center showed just why.
Releasing their their self-titled big-label debut in 2009, the band — which features siblings Lzzy and Arejay Hale — then embarked on a relentless touring schedule that has seen them share the stage with the likes of Chevelle, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, and most recently at last weekend’s River City Rockfest in San Antonio, with Papa Roach and Linkin Park.
For a group that averages more than 200 shows a year, one might expect to catch an off night every now and then. Yet, by all accounts, Halestorm is ‘on’ all the time. This week’s Houston show was no exception.
Hitting the stage at 9:30 p.m., Halestorm started right away with the hits, opening with their Grammy-winning single “Love Bites (So Do I),” followed by “Apocalyptic,” before raising the hands and voices of a sing-along crowd with “Freak Like Me.”
Full of energy and displaying her huge smile, Lzzy both encouraged and toyed with the audience, holding the full attention of the thousands in attendance at one of Houston’s premier concert venues.
Rolling through hit after hit, Lzzy and guitarist Joe Hottinger traded lead duties. After “Rock Show,” Arejay performed something seemingly forgotten by many modern rock bands: the drum solo.
With the crowd on its feet and cheering ever-louder, the band dropped some “Mayhem,” before “It’s Not You” and the massive hit “I Get Off.”
A short break followed “I Like It Heavy,” and Lzzy, Arejay, Joe and bassist Josh Smith returned to the stage to close out with “Here’s to Us” and their current smash hit, “I Miss the Misery.”
Support for Halestorm’s performance came from Ohio-based sci-fi rockers Starset and New York City’s The Pretty Reckless.
Love Bites (So Do I)
Freak Like Me
I Am the Fire
New Modern Love
(Arejay’s Drum Solo)
It’s Not You
I Get Off
I LIke It Heavy
Here’s to Us
I Miss the Misery
Photos by Scott W. Coleman
More show photos, including Halestorm and Starset, coming soon.