Lzzy Hale has turned the archetype of the contemporary female-fronted rock band upside down since emerging with Halestorm in 2009. Far from the demure, cute or choreography-obsessed pop female trope, Hale takes to the stage clad in jet black leathers, a Gibson Explorer strapped across her hips, and some serious metal on her mind. Hale recalls fearless female hard rockers like Joan Jett, Girlschool and Suzi Quatro. She doesn’t intend to hold her audience by the hand. Why should she when she can rattle their craniums with her monstrous riffs and air raid-siren vocals?
With song titles like “Love Bites (and So Do I)” and “Freak Like Me,” Hale and her Halestorm cohorts – Arejay Hale, Joe Hottinger and Josh Smith – have returned a long-missing sleazy, punk-fueled danger to heavy rock, a fact noticed when it was awarded a Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Grammy.
Halestorm, with guests Highly Suspect and Melia, perform as part of the Thursday at Canalside series at 5 p.m. today. Admission is free.
– Jeff Miers