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Pennsylvania-based Halestorm rocked Atlantic City last weekend, performing with considerable vigor.

Pennsylvania-based Halestorm rocked Atlantic City last weekend, performing with considerable vigor.

By Sean Hudgins
Staff Reporter

A sold-out crowd gathered in Atlantic City’s House of Blues at the Showboat casino on Saturday to watch Pennsylvania natives Halestorm rock the house.

The female-fronted hard rock band has been touring nonstop in support of its second album “The Strange Case Of…” and has just begun to see a significant spike in mainstream success in the past year.

Supporting the group this past weekend was Tom Keifer, known for his time with ’80s hair-metal outfit Cinderella.

Keifer stepped onto the stage with attitude, looking like a cross between Captain Jack Sparrow and Slash. Outfitted in a flowing,  studded shirt, top hat, dark sunglasses and a dangling bone tooth earring, he looked a bit outrageous to say the least.

Though the rock-star lifestyle has visibly taken a toll on Keifer, he took charge of the stage like it was his show, and although some of the younger fans may not have fully appreciated his old-school rock ‘n’ roll sound, most of the more seasoned concert-goers were quite receptive to singer’s energy.

After a quick set change and a dimming of the lights, Halestorm burst onto the stage with its Grammy-winning single “Love Bites (So Do I).”

Front woman Lzzy Hale captivated the crowd, donning her signature red lipstick, mirrored aviator sunglasses and a stunning leather jacket and shorts combo. It was clear from the start that Hale was thrilled to be there and the crowd fed off her enthusiasm throughout the night.

Her vocal range and power are nothing short of incredible and those that were there to see it live were clearly impressed.

Each time Hale dug deep and unleashed one of her screams on the heavier tunes, audience members could be seen turning to each other in disbelief.

Following “Love Bites,” the band pumped out several more heavy hitters, before transitioning to a couple of slower ballads.

Declaring the first of these ballads to be a love song to the fans in attendance, the rest of the band left the stage to let Lzzy take the reins for “Break In.”

As she stepped over to the keyboard stationed at stage left, the buzz of the crowd slowly died down, and those in the pit began to sway back and forth to the rhythm of the song.

She carried on the somber mood with “In Your Room” and then dropped to her knees for the beautiful yet eerie, “Familiar Taste of Poison.”

Anyone who has ever seen the band knows that no show is ever complete without a drum solo from Lzzy’s overly animated brother, Arejay Hale.

Arejay let loose on the kit, jumping up, down and even on top of his drums,  before eventually tossing the sticks directly into the audience in favor of his bare hands.

After several more crowd-pleasers, Halestorm wrapped up the night with their hits “I Miss the Misery” and “Here’s to Us.”

The latter, which has gained increased popularity after being featured on the hit TV show “Glee” and then later being re-recorded with the help of several other notable singers in the rock scene, was the perfect way to conclude the show and give the audience one last chance to sing along with the queen of modern rock.

A sold-out crowd gathered in Atlantic City’s House of Blues at the Showboat casino on Saturday to watch Pennsylvania natives Halestorm rock the house.

The female-fronted hard rock band has been touring nonstop in support of its second album “The Strange Case Of…” and has just begun to see a significant spike in mainstream success in the past year.

Supporting the group this past weekend was Tom Keifer, known for his time with ’80s hair-metal outfit Cinderella.

Keifer stepped onto the stage with attitude, looking like a cross between Captain Jack Sparrow and Slash. Outfitted in a flowing,  studded shirt, top hat, dark sunglasses and a dangling bone tooth earring, he looked a bit outrageous to say the least.

Though the rock-star lifestyle has visibly taken a toll on Keifer, he took charge of the stage like it was his show, and although some of the younger fans may not have fully appreciated his old-school rock ‘n’ roll sound, most of the more seasoned concert-goers were quite receptive to singer’s energy.

After a quick set change and a dimming of the lights, Halestorm burst onto the stage with its Grammy-winning single “Love Bites (So Do I).”

Front woman Lzzy Hale captivated the crowd, donning her signature red lipstick, mirrored aviator sunglasses and a stunning leather jacket and shorts combo. It was clear from the start that Hale was thrilled to be there and the crowd fed off her enthusiasm throughout the night.

Her vocal range and power are nothing short of incredible and those that were there to see it live were clearly impressed.

Each time Hale dug deep and unleashed one of her screams on the heavier tunes, audience members could be seen turning to each other in disbelief.

Following “Love Bites,” the band pumped out several more heavy hitters, before transitioning to a couple of slower ballads.

Declaring the first of these ballads to be a love song to the fans in attendance, the rest of the band left the stage to let Lzzy take the reins for “Break In.”

As she stepped over to the keyboard stationed at stage left, the buzz of the crowd slowly died down, and those in the pit began to sway back and forth to the rhythm of the song.

She carried on the somber mood with “In Your Room” and then dropped to her knees for the beautiful yet eerie, “Familiar Taste of Poison.”

Anyone who has ever seen the band knows that no show is ever complete without a drum solo from Lzzy’s overly animated brother, Arejay Hale.

Arejay let loose on the kit, jumping up, down and even on top of his drums,  before eventually tossing the sticks directly into the audience in favor of his bare hands.

After several more crowd-pleasers, Halestorm wrapped up the night with their hits “I Miss the Misery” and “Here’s to Us.”

The latter, which has gained increased popularity after being featured on the hit TV show “Glee” and then later being re-recorded with the help of several other notable singers in the rock scene, was the perfect way to conclude the show and give the audience one last chance to sing along with the queen of modern rock.

 

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