Ties That Bind – Alter Bridge

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So tonight I went on a Myles Kennedy binge and I just HAD to share this video/song. As the most rated comment on this video says “THIS IS MUSIC”. This song embodies rock music. All that I can add is, I wish I was in the crowd!

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Recent News 24/09/2012 – 30/09/2012

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Daughtry‘s bass player Josh Paul is leaving the band

Josh Paul

Josh Paul Daughtry’s bass player
Source: http://pics.lockerz.com/s/247095224

On the 24th of September 2012 , Josh Paul announced on Twitter that he will be leaving Daughtry after six years.

“Josh Paul Statement: Hello my Daughtry friends and fam, I’d like to start this note by saying that you are all amazing! The love and support that you give to the band and to me is overwhelming and beautiful. I couldn’t ever ask for better…

fans and friends. The time has come for me to bow out and let the band continue on without me. This has been a very difficult decision, as these are not only my band mates, but my brothers. For six years we have worked to build something special together, not only on stage and in the studio, but in our lives. I wish the band all the the luck and success that they deserve! I not only want to thank the guys in the band for all that we’ve accomplished together, but I really want to thank all of you for your undeniable support. Daughtry truly has the best fans! I love you all!!! JP @therealjoshpaul And always remember to SMILE!!!!”
JP
This was Josh Paul’s statement that was posted in Daughtry’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/daughtry
I’m sure all of Daughtry’s fans are sad to see the charming bass player leave the band. JP is such a positive person and he is always ready to interact with his fans on Twitter. From the start JP made it very clear that it was HIS own decision to leave the band and that there was no drama involved in the decision. Through Daughtry JP has gained a lot of fans who will continue to support his future endeavours. I can only be grateful that I got to see him play live, before he made this decision. You can read Chris Daughtry’s official statement on their official website here: http://www.daughtryofficial.com/us/news/official-daughtry-statement
You can follow Josh Paul on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheRealJoshPaul
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators release Bad Rain music video!

On the 26th of September 2012 Slash announced the release of his new music video Bad Rain, which is one of my favourite songs off of Apocalyptic Love. I more or less had the same visualisation of the song in my head when I first heard it, maybe less the skeleton part :).

Shannon Leto will no longer be collaborating with Antoine Becks
On the 27th of September Shannon Leto from Thirty Seconds To Mars made it very clear that he will no longer be working with Antoine Becks.
Here is the post for those of you who missed it:
Shannon Leto's Tweet

Shannon Leto’s Tweet on 27/09/2012

Godsmack and Staind pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell during Texas Uproar Festival
Godsmack has always stated how much of an influence Pantera has had on their career so a tribute to Pantera in their hometown was imminent.
Fans were treated to a performance of Pantera’s This Love from Godsmack joined by Mike Mushok and Aaron Lewis of Staind. This Love comes from Pantera’s 1992 release ‘Vulgar Display of Power’.
Members of Fozzy and P.O.D among others later joined the bands on stage and even Rita Haney, the longtime girlfriend of late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott joined in at the other side of the stage.
You can view some of the videos members of the crowd recorded during this special performance here: http://loudwire.com/godsmack-staind-perform-pantera-this-love-texas-uproar-fest/
Rock Regards,Lauren K

Drummer of the Week – Shannon Leto

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Shannon Christopher Leto was born on the 9th of March 1970. He is the drummer for the band 30 Seconds To Mars and has dabbled in acting. His younger brother Jared Leto is the lead singer and guitarist for 30 Seconds To Mars. Shannon Leto aka Shanimal was born in Bossier City, Louisiana. He has been playing drums since he was 5-years-old and his favourite drummers are Nick Mason, Keith Moon, Roger Taylor and Lars Ulrich to name a few.

With 30 Seconds To Mars he practices 6-7 hours a day and he has stated in an interview with Modern Drummer Magazine in February 2006 that all the practice has made his playing more precise and given him more stamina. Shannon prefers an organic way of doing things by using electronic sounds that  the band creates themselves. Bob Ezrin who helped produce 30 Seconds to Mars’s debut album has referred to Shannon as one of the most inventive drummers he’s worked with. Shannon has described 30 Seconds to Mars’s music as having the grandiosity of Pink Floyd and the energy of the Sex Pistols. Shannon appeared on a few episodes of My So-Called Life with Jared Leto before forming 30 Seconds to Mars in 1998 with the addition of bass player Matt Wachter and later they were joined by guitarist Tomo Miličević.

Shannon has also expressed interest in writing, abstract art, progressive rock and practices photography.

“For his drums he uses Sabian Cymbals, Vater Nude 5AN drum sticks, Remo drumheads, Sonor Drums, And DW hardware. His drums are decorated with RockenWraps Skin artwork that features photos of over 400 people of The Echelon.” – Quote obtained from Wikipedia

Shannon played a small role in Prefontaine and Highway in which brother Jared played the starring role(s).

On the 19th of September 2012 Shannon Leto released a remix of Night of the Hunter a song off of Thirty Seconds to Mars‘s 3rd album This is War. If you would like to hear it you can find out more here: http://thirtysecondstomars.thisisthehive.net/blog/2012/09/19/night-of-the-hunter-shannon-leto-remix/

I think its a really interesting take on the track and I’m really happy to see that Shannon decided to do the remix himself and not let another DJ remix it instead. It really speaks volumes about the diversity of Shannon’s interests and abilities.

CB7 was the opening act for Thirty Seconds to Mars in 2011 on their tour of the US. Shannon Leto and Antoine Becks has worked on the project CB7 for two years up until it saw the light of day more or less in the middle of 2010. CB7 stems from the global underground electronic music scene. The band consists of keyboardist Adam White, bassist Noah Dean and Antoine’s cousin Matt Becks on drums. Shannon plays percussion in the band among a few other instruments. They are a pretty decent dance act, here is a video where you can see what I’m talking about:

You can listen to demos on CB7’s Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/CB7music

CB7

CB7 Shannon Leto and Antoine Becks Flyer
Source: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SLetoABecks-Online-FanSite/

There is little factual information available on CB7 at the moment and therefore I have posted vague time periods and have given information based on my current knowledge of CB7.

Shannon is a great live drummer and is extremely entertaining to watch. I never knew someone could exert so much energy sitting down. He bends over the drums and smashes into them with full force, you can feel and see how passionate he is about drumming.

Its really surprising that This is War was recorded in Shannon and Jared’s house, so every sound you hear on the album is unique. Shannon recorded a lot of the drums in a big room after they removed the furniture. He recorded some parts in the kitchen, other parts in the closet which consists of a cement wall and ceiling. They even recorded some parts in the hallway that was covered with mikes in order to get the sounds they wanted. A lot of the kit you hear is live and there is no manipulation. Everything else consisted of tapping on a bucket to hand claps and so forth. They would then tweak those sounds in order to make them sound the way they wanted it to. Recording in the house allowed them to come up with a lot of new ideas and encouraged spontaneity.

Night of the Hunter features a part which Shannon spent 10 days on to get it to “sound right”. Shannon learned a lot about himself and his drumming while recording and playing drums on the album on This is War. He learned how to trust someone else’s vision, to combine it with his own vision and to develop music from that. Nothing on This is War was rushed, Shannon learned that patience is a fundamental part of creation. From this album Shannon found his real “voice” and he hopes that he can continue to grow, develop and have an open mind.

The two paragraphs above was based on an interview Shannon did with DRUM! Magazine in January 2010.

I sometimes think people underestimate or disregard Shannon’s talent and contribution to the band. Shannon has proved time and again that he is a force to be reckoned with and that he has the talent and drive to back it up. Shannon has never been shy to state his love and admiration for his brother which I find infinitely sweet and admirable. I’m proud to call myself part of The Echelon and Shannon Leto will always be a third of the reason for that.

You can follow Shannon Leto on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ShannonLeto

You can subscribe to Shannon’s updates on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/theshannonleto

The genius at work:

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Lzzy Hale and Amy Lee duet on the Carnival of Madness tour

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I forgot to post the duet when I featured Halestorm as the band of the month. So for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, ENJOY!

Lzzy Hale and Amy Lee

Lzzy Hale and Amy Lee duet in the rain on the Carnival of Madness tour.
Photo taken by Rob Fenn.

Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale

Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale
Photo taken by Rob Fenn
Source: https://twitter.com/Rob_Fenn/status/240174794333634560/photo/1/large

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Frontman of the week – Chris Daughtry

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Today I feature a charming and talented singer and guitarist, Christopher Adam Daughtry born on the 26th of December 1979. Chris was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and raised in Lasker up until the age of 14. At age 16 Daughtry started to take singing seriously. He took guitar lessons from blues rock guitarist Matt Jagger and sought advice from Andy Waldeck (frontman for From Earth to Andy) who is credited on Daughtry’s debut album. He performed with rock bands during high school at local venues even once opening for his future bandmate Brian Craddock’s band, My Dog Lucy.

Chris’s high school band went by the name of Cadence where he sang lead and played rhythm guitar, they produced one album All Eyes On You in 1999. Later on Chris joined Absent Element again singing lead vocal and playing rhythm guitar. Absent Element released an album called Uprooted in 2005. In 2005 Chris auditioned for the CBS singing contest Rock Star:INXS, he did not make the cut for the filming of the show. Former Daughtry drummer Joey Barnes auditioned as well and made the cut, but later dropped out due to disagreements regarding the contract.

The majority of people first heard of Chris Daughtry when he auditioned for American Idol Season 5. He auditioned in Denver, Colorado and sang The Box Tops’ ” The Letter” which was covered by Joe Cocker. Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson gave him the go-ahead, but Simon Cowell felt Chris seemed too robotic. Judge for yourself here:

Daughtry made it into the Top 24 and on the 1st March 2006 Chris impressed the audience and the judges with his raw performance of Fuel’s “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)“, which is a great song and I was introduced to the song by listening to Chris’s performance on American Idol. I didn’t have the privilege to watch Chris’s journey on American Idol, but looked it up on Youtube years later. Chris was offered the opportunity to become Fuel’s lead singer, since the band was without a lead singer at that time, but although flattered Chris denied the offer. Chris performed a rendition of “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash on American Idol, it caused a little bit of controversy because the audience claimed that it sounded quite similar to Live’s version of the same song and that the band was never credited on the show. In the pre-performance interview a lot of content gets cut and Chris defended himself by saying that he did mention in the pre-performance interview that he was doing a different version from a band that he respects.

On the 2nd of August 2008 at the  Tom’s River Fest in Tom’s River NJ, Daughtry, Ed Kowalczyk, and Live performed Live’s rendition of “I Walk the Line” together, which just proved that there was no need for any concern from Live’s fans.

Chris Daughtry was in the final four and on May 10th 2006 he unfortunately found himself in the bottom 2 with Katharine McPhee. Daughtry was eliminated and seemed quite stunned at the result.

After leaving American Idol Chris Daughtry appeared on numerous television shows which has become quite common for eliminated contestants from American Idol as the show progressed.

On the 10th of July 2006 it was announced that Chris had signed a record deal with RCA Records and 19 Entertainment. Daughtry’s self-titled debut album was released on November 21st 2006. The album reached number one on the Billboard Charts. The album features a guitar solo by Slash on the track “What I Want”, which isn’t too shabby considering its Daughtry’s debut album. How many musicians can boast about that?

“On November 18, 2007, the band was the winner of multiple awards at the “2007 American Music Awards” (ABC Television). The winning categories were: 1) Pop or Rock: Favorite Album – Daughtry; 2) Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist; 3) Favorite Breakthrough Artist. On December 6, 2007, the band was nominated for four 50th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Rock Album for Daughtry, Best Rock Song for “It’s Not Over“, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for “Home”, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “It’s Not Over”. ” -Quote obtained from Wikipedia

On May 6th 2009 Daughtry performed “No Surprise” their first single of their second album ‘Leave This Town’ on American Idol. Chris Daughtry wrote the song with Nickelback’s vocalist Chad Kroeger. Leave this Town was released on the 14th of July 2009, Chris Daughtry made history with its release, because he became the first American Idol alumnus to have two consecutive number one albums. This is quite an achievement since he didn’t even win the competition. Leave This Town was the first album that Daughtry wrote and recorded as a band, since their debut album was written and recorded before the band was officially formed.

On the 2nd of July 2009 Daughtry performed an acoustic cover of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face and the video has received over 25 million views on Youtube. I’ll be honest at first I didn’t really like the cover (I didn’t take it too seriously at first), but the more I listened to it the more it grew on me.

You can view it here:

Chris Daughtry is a huge comic book fan and he was delighted when Daughtry got the opportunity to write and record a song for the video game Batman: Arkham City. “On September 5, 2011, Daughtry tweeted that the song “Drown In You” is exclusive to the soundtrack and will not be featured on his upcoming album.” – Wikipedia, 18th September 2012

On September 15th 2011 Daughtry posted Renegade on their official website, a song from their upcoming album Break the Spell. On the 19th of September 2011 Daughtry posted Crawling Back To You another song off of their upcoming album.

Chris Daughtry provided vocals on a Sevendust track called ‘The Past’ on their album Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow. Alter Bridge members Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy appear on the same album which should give you an idea of the calibre of talent featured on the album. In the same year Chris provided backing vocals on Theory of a Deadman’s track ‘By The Way’ which was featured on their third album ‘Scars and Souvenirs’. Chris also appeared on the song ‘Slow Down’ on the album Revelation by Third Day. In 2009 Daughtry collaborated with Timbaland on the track ‘Long Way Down’ on Timbaland’s album Shock Value II featuring various artists including Chad Kroeger, Justin Timberlake, One Republic and The Fray to name a few. During this time Chris also co-wrote a few songs with band Day of Fire.

In 2010 Chris and Jason Wade performed a duet on Lifehouse’s fifth album Smoke & Mirrors on the song ‘Had Enough’. Chris also co-wrote a song with Kris Allen for his debut album. Chris Daughtry performed lead vocals on a cover of Def Leppard’s song Photograph with Carlos Santana on his album titled Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time which featured many talented rock stars such as Linkin Park, Scott Stapp, Chris Cornell and Jacoby Shaddix to name a few.

I think what sets Chris Daughtry apart from other rock stars is his charisma, his trademark vocal belting technique, his honesty and that he is a great father and a family man. Average people can relate to him and many people got to know him in the course of his American Idol journey. In my opinion his elimination from American Idol may have been the best thing that could have happened to his career, because he didn’t have to conform to the contractual obligations I imagine that a winner from American Idol will have. He became well-known and he was free to pursue his career in the way he wanted.

“Belting (or vocal belting) is a specific technique of singing by which a singer produces a loud sound in the upper middle of the pitch range. It is often described as a vocal register, although some dispute this since technically the larynx is not oscillating in a unique way.Singers can use belting to convey heightened emotional states.” – Wkipedia, 18th September 2012

The lyrics from his song ‘Life After You’ has been quoted countless of times, specifically “All that I’m after is a life full of laughter”, because it resonates with so many people. I really admire his relationship with his wife Deanna, because they were married before he auditioned for American Idol and stayed together ever since. I can’t even imagine the strain a marriage would have to bear when one partner becomes famous overnight. I really admire both of them for enduring that challenge and still being able to raise 4 children well. It requires daily work to keep a relationship going without all those others factors thrown in. So I salute both of them and wish them all the happiness they deserve.

My first rock concert was when I went to see Daughtry live in Cape Town at the Grand West Arena on the 27th October 2010. The band put on a fantastic performance and I was enchanted the whole way through. After the show Chris tweeted that Cape Town was one of the best shows that they have ever played. My boyfriend even managed to get me Josh Steely’s pick!

Chris Daughtry previously mentioned on Twitter  that he was listening to Thirty Seconds To Mars’s This Is War album and forgot how good it was. More recently a fan asked if Chris would ever consider collaborating with Thirty Seconds To Mars and he replied that he would love to since he is a fan of their music. I hope that maybe it will happen someday, wouldn’t that be an interesting combination!

Daughtry is currently touring with Nickelback on the European leg of their Here & Now tour.

Tour dates can be found here: http://www.daughtryofficial.com/us/events

Daughtry will be releasing their music video for ‘Start of Something Good’ off of their album Break The Spell soon.

Here is a sneak peak:

Start of Something Good

Behind the Scenes of Daughtry’s new video for ‘Start of Something Good”
Source:http://www.daughtryofficial.com/us/official-photos/595029

Off of Daughtry’s debut album I love the fast-paced ‘There and Back Again’ and the aggressive ‘What I Want’.

My favourites from ‘Break The Spell’ is the feisty, adrenaline fuelled ‘Renegade’, the lovable rock tune ‘Break The Spell’ and the touching, addictive ‘Rescue Me’.

Thank you for reading!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry has worked hard to achieve these results.
Source: https://twitter.com/CHRIS_Daughtry/status/243087241860231169

You can follow Chris Daughtry on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CHRIS_Daughtry

You can follow Chris’s beautiful wife on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Mrsdaughtry

Follow Daughtry’s official Twitter profile here: https://twitter.com/Daughtry_News

Frontman of the week – Scott Stapp

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Scott Stapp

Scott Stapp on his Creed Live Concert DVD (2009) obtained from http://www.flickr.com/photos/33232551@N03/4213199681/

Scott Stapp is a man I really look up to and respect, he has played a great part in my love for rock music. When I was about 12/13 years of age I definitely wasn’t into rock music, but fell in love with songs like Higher and Arms Wide Open. So I’m delighted to share a bit more with you about this amazing singer.

Scott Stapp was born as Anthony Scott Flippen on August 8, 1973 to his mother and his biological father about whom little is known. He was adopted by Steven Stapp who married his mother and he decided to take his stepfathers last name. He changed his name and is now known as Scott Alan Stapp. Scott grew up in a strict religious household and in a desperate attempt to seek freedom from his strict religious stepfather he fled to a friend’s house where he stayed for a month and later returned home. Scott initially attended  Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, but got expelled for smoking marijuana.

Scott met Mark Tremonti at Lake Highland Prepatory School where they became acquaintances, they later reunited at the Florida State University where they developed a friendship through their mutual passion for music. Stapp formed Creed in 1995 with fellow band members Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips. Creed’s original name was actually Naked Toddler.

Creed released their debut album in 1997 called My Own Prison. Four singles were released from the album namely: My Own Prison, Torn, What’s This Life For and One.

“Each of these songs reached No. 1 on Billboards Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, becoming the first band to do so with a debut album.The album was then followed in 1999 by Human Clay, which was an immediate success and certified diamond and eleven times platinum by the RIAA.” Quote obtained from Wikipedia

During this time tension between Scott Stapp and Brian Marshall escalated to such a degree that Brian left the band to pursue other interests and was replaced by touring bassist Brett Hestla, while Mark Tremonti handled the bass parts in the studio. After a tour the band released another multi-platinum selling album, Weathered in 2001 accompanied by another successful tour. Up until a controversial concert in Chicago where fans claimed that Scott Stapp was intoxicated and unable to sing the lyrics of any Creed song. Scott left the stage on several occassions during songs for long periods of time. Some concertgoers filed a class-action lawsuit against the band, the suit further alleged that Stapp’s bandmembers, managers and concert promoters knew that Scott Stapp was in no condition to perform, but let the show go on anyway and they were named as codefendants.

The band disbanded in 2004 and released their Greatest Hits in November 2004.

I always wondered what happened to Creed and if they would ever return to the rock music scene. Even though I never knew if they would return one thing was for sure, that I would always have those songs that were so popular in my youth and the memories attached to them. The music video for My Sacrifice was something I will never forget and in my opnion its still one of the greatest music videos I have ever seen.

After Creed announced their breakup recorded the song ” Relearn Love” for The Passion of the Christ: Songs a collection of songs inspired by Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. Scott then began working on his debut solo album, The Great Divide which was released in the US on November 2005. The Great Divide, Justify and Surround Me was released as singles off the album. It was certified platinum on December 14, 2005 and has since gone double platinum.

After months of speculation it was announced that Creed had reunited with plans for a new album and tour. Their new album Full Circle was released in October of 2009.

After Creed’s 2010 tour with Skillet Scott Stapp announced that he will embark on a short solo acoustic tour. The short solo acoustic tour began September 28, 2010 and concluded November 20, 2010. In the spring of 2010 Scott recorded an anthem for National League baseball team the Florida Marlins titled the “Marlins Will Soar”.

“Stapp appeared on Carlos Santana‘s solo album Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, a cover album on which Stapp sings on the cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Fortunate Son“. The album was released on September 21, 2010.” Quote obtained from Wikipedia

Scott Stapp has confirmed that his second solo album will be titled Between Lust and Love and it will be a double album with each disc representing lust and love respectively.

Scott is involved in various philanthropic activities, Stapp founded The Arms Wide Open Foundation, he has been affiliated America’s Second Harvest and he joined Wheelchair Foundation and the DC3 Music Group in their “Plane to Haiti” project.

Scott’s life has been plagued with challenges and in 2003 he contemplated suicide, but decided against it while looking at a picture of his son Jagger. Scott Stapp was in the throes of prednisone coming out of his body. Prednisone has many side-effects and it should not be taken for longer than 7 days. Side-effects include difficulty controlling emotion, weight gain, face swelling, anxiety and depression just to mention a few. Scott has comitted himself to sobriety and shaved his head to signify a new start. He wanted his wife Jaclyn to witness his changed personality visually and perceptually.

When Scott and his band got together for the first time in the studio after their breakup it was clear to Stapp’s bandmates that he had changed. He appreciated each band member’s contribution and didn’t take them for granted like he had in the past. Scott realised how important Creed was to him as a band and a group of friends.

I admire Scott for coming out a better man than he was when he joined Creed. The band needed to fall apart in order for them to grow and to emerge as a better version of themselves. I hope he still has a long, successful career ahead of him and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

Scott is releasing an uncensored memoir of his life titled Sinner’s Creed from the day he was born up until the present day. I can’t wait to read it, I’ve been excited about its release since I first heard of it! It is scheduled for release on October 2, 2012.

Here are a few more pictures of Mr.Stapp.

English: Scott Stapp, the former lead singer o...

English: Scott Stapp, the former lead singer of the band Creed, and his band perform during a concert on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while under way in the Gulf of Oman Sept. 24, 2008. The band visited the ship to raise crew morale. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet/NAVCENT area of esponsibility. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rock Regards,Lauren K

Band of the Month – Halestorm

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Lzzy Hale

Lzzy Hale from Halestorm taken by Rob Fenn

Today I would like to feature Halestorm in my blog post for Band of the Month. I predict that they are the next big thing to hit the rock world. They are a relativley new band since they have only released 2 studio albums and 1 live album. I first became aware of Halestorm through numerous tweets about Lzzy Hale from Brent Smith‘s Twitter account (Lead singer for Shinedown). They have become quite close I assume because they have toured together in the past and the fact that they share a record label. I decided to keep an eye out for them in the future.

So I surf the internet quite a lot and at the end of the month I scour Youtube in search of good music. I have watched numerous videos of Halestorm and slowly but surely I began to warm to their music. Their music is loud with no-holds-barred lyrics combined with a frenzy of drums performed by Lzzy’s brother Arejay.

Personally I feel Lzzy is a woman I can look up to, she is feisty and strong, she follows her own instincts and she isn’t afraid to say whatever she wants. Added to that she has a killer dress sense and can rock just as hard in the rain as she can in sky-high heels.

Both Lzzy and Arejay started learning to play piano at the young age of 5. Lzzy later progressed to keytar and Arejay to drums. Lzzy started to attend guitar lessons at the age of 16. Lzzy is 3 years Arejay’s senior. Guitarist Joe Hottinger joined in 2003. Originally Lzzy and Arejay’s father Roger played bass before Josh Smith joined the group in 2004.

Their self-titled debut album was released on April 28, 2009. Their first single ” I Get Off” is a rowdy, cheeky rock song that is a really solid introduction to the band and their style. They later on released 3 more singles off of their debut album and 4 music videos. After that they released ReAniMate:The Covers which featured covers of various genres including the impressive cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. You can listen to it here:

“Their second full length album, The Strange Case Of… was released on April 10, 2012 in the US,April 9 in the UK, and April 17 in Italy. In May 2012, Halestorm made history by becoming the first female-fronted band to top the active rock airplay chart with their song “Love Bites…(So Do I).” In the same month, Gibson Guitars created a signature series guitar for Lzzy Hale.” – Quote Obtained from Wikipedia.

In their quest for writing new material for their second album Halestorm wanted to add more depth and variety to their songs as well as to their lyrics. Halestorm started off by writing the fast, gritty and energetic Love Bites (So Do I) and after that Lzzy penned more fast, hard rock songs topped off with soaring vocals. After a personal setback Lzzy wrote a vulnerable and tender song and recorded it using her cellphone and sent it to the album’s producer, Howard Benson. He liked it and asked Lzzy to write more intimate songs. So after that the album had quite a few hard hitting songs and very soft, intimate songs which they soon realised sounded a little schizophrenic. Lzzy then wrote Mz. Hyde which tied the album together and became an expression of Lzzy’s split personality.

Halestorm has become well-known for their constant touring with a variety of bands including Disturbed, Shinedown, Godsmack, Stone Sour and more recently Evanescence to name a few. This has given Halestorm quite a lot of experience and the band is gelling better than they ever have before. I believe that there is no reason why Halestorm can’t move from strength to strength from here on out. Become acquainted with Halestorm, because they are here to stay!

Here is the official video for Love Bites (So Do I) from Halestorm’s Official Youtube Channel:

Halestorm

Halestorm image obtained from Halestorm’s Official Website

Lzzy Hale taken at the Carnival of Madness by Rob Fenn

Lzzy Hale on the cover of Revolver Magazine.
Image obtained from Revolver Magazine’s Official Facebook page.

You can follow Halestorm on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Halestorm

You can follow Lzzy Hale on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/LZZYHALE

You can follow Arejay Hale on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ArejayHale

You can follow Josh Smith on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Jodowa

You can follow Joe Hottinger on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheJoeStorm

Enjoy!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K