Dec 31, 2012

Halestorm - Soundstage

By Bob Suehs

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HALESTORM

December 31, 2012

Baltimore, MD

Soundstage

New Years Eve in Baltimore....there were a few options in the downtown area BUT the only real rock show was Halestorm at Soundstage which was a sold out event that boasted 2 sets from the band. The show itself was a great way for the band to cap off 2012 because they were recently nominated for a Grammy, toured the world over, did very well at active rock radio, and in 2013 the band will continue to live on the road in support of their latest release!

Bad Seed Rising opened the show and if you just heard their music & didn’t see them visually you’d have no idea the band was comprised of little children...when I say little children I mean that some of them look to be around 14 years of age tops BUT the age means nothing when you hear them play....they rock!

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Between the gap of Bad Seed Rising’s set ending & Halestorm’s first set starting the club played some weird assed music for NYE....they jammed some really mellow Clutch and then this artsy jazz music filled the venue and while I have no issue with jazz music you must remember this was a hard rock show and the crowd in attendance were rock oriented so it was an odd & somber choice for the years biggest party night!

When Halestorm took the stage for their first set the band wore all white & the first set was totally unplugged. “All I Wanna Do” by Heart & “Gold Dust Woman” by Fleetwood Mac were played & Lzzy’s vocals sounded great but the choice of playing an hour long “mellow” set on NYE was a tad odd simply because the crowd in attendance was there to party & ring in 2013 with a bang....the mellow set was good but just a tad boring & most of the crowd talked through the mellow set....that all changed though when set #2 started because set #2 was the hard rock part of the show!

Set #2 started about 20 mins before midnight & the band took the stage in all black clothing and they performed an intense set that made the crowd surge with energy!

“Love Bites”, “Slave to the Grind” (Skid Row cover) & “Outta Get Me” (Guns N Roses cover) were loud/fast crowd pleasers and just before midnight Lzzy thanked the crowd for being there & said what an amazing 2012 the band had...the show ended with an encore of “I Get Off” & “Miss the Misery” which was followed by the band thanking fans, shaking hands & hanging out till the wee hours of the morning with their friends & family.

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The clear highlight of the night for me was spending it with Michelle & I’d like to thank Kevin/24-7 for his help with setting this show up!

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