Halestorm 6/20/14@ Throttle Fest by Nicci Allen

Halestorm 6/20/14 at  Throttle Fest

Reviewer Nicci Allen

Sauntering coolly out into a cloud of drifting smoke with billowing windswept hair, decked out in dark shades, skin tight black leather pants, leather jacket, and mastery-level spiked 4-inch black studded heels, Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale greeted the crowd with a long throaty scream that echoed across the resulted roaring crowd at Toyota Park.
Rockstar presence now clear, the band wasted no time with formalities and broke right into their hit “I Miss the Misery,” followed directly with a second popular fan favorite, “Love Bites.” As she and the band continued pumping out a flawless performance, Lzzy kept the energy of the crowd flowing, instructing the crowd that she wouldn’t go on until every set of horns was in the air, and requesting a show of hands shouting “remind me who the freaks are” leading into “Freak Like Me.” Later in the set she again connected with the “dirty and proud” side of the crowd stating loudly and confidently “my name is Lzzy, and I am a freaky chick!”
Paying tribute to all the “cool parents” in the crowd, and sharing that her own set strongly influenced her music exposure as a child, Lzzy led the band in a beautiful cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman. ” Taking the tone down, three quarters of the band left the stage and Lzzy ordered all lighters/cell phones in the air before performing “Break In” alone on keyboard, then involved some chorus interaction with “Familiar Taste of Poison.”
Here it was that Lzzy exited, and her sibling drummer Arejay stole the spotlight, pumping the audience up with skilled solos in his white tank top and tie. Pleasing the crowd with lyrical nods to Kiss and Papa Roach, Arejay ended his moment with the use of a set of comedic 3 foot long drum sticks and a surprise joined-assist from the returning Lzzy. The other half of the band followed to the stage, kicking out three more songs, including “Daughters of Darkness” with Lzzy shouting out to all the females, before ending with “I Get Off.”
Naturally their fans didn’t let them stop there, and roared with applause and adoring chants until the band returned to the stage. Halestorm concluded their three song encore with a sweet and sentimental parting via Here’s to Us, and a throaty “WE LOVE YOU ILLINOIS!” from Lzzy, perfectly closing the stage for night two of Throttle Fest 2014.

Nicci Allen is a photography/graphic design major who has been an active and involved member of the music scene since she was old enough to be let in local shows. Whether it was bartending concerts at The Pearl Room, being an involved member of the Girls of Metal, booking and promoting local shows and benefits, attending festivals and supporting artists of every genre, or DJing and writing her own music, Nicci has always made music a necessity in her daily life.