Review: Storm of support for Halestorm’s Sheffield debut

Halestorm  - from left, bassist Josh Smith, drummer Arejay Hale, singer Lzzy Hale and guitarist  Joe Hottinger - impressed at Sheffield's O2 Academy.
Halestorm - from left, bassist Josh Smith, drummer Arejay Hale, singer Lzzy Hale and guitarist Joe Hottinger - impressed at Sheffield's O2 Academy.
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After witnessing Halestorm’s first gig in Sheffield, I doubt it will be their last, writes Laura Molloy.

Greeted with screams and thunderous clapping, Halestorm launch straight into the bitter I Miss The Misery.

A bit of a stop-start opener, it doesn’t pack quite the punch that has come to be expected from the Grammy award winners.

However, by the second song, Love Bites (So Do I), lead singer Lzzy Hale has the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand.

The formula of the show at Sheffield’s 02 Academy is simple –, clap your hands, stomp your feet, sing-a-long.

Lzzy is a confident, charismatic front woman with an impressive vocal range.

Freak Like Me gets fists in the air, while crowd-pleaser Rock Show has everyone in the venue singing along.

Things are slowed down with back-to-back ballads as Lzzy takes to a keyboard for a solo rendition of Break In, before getting the boys – guitarist Joe Hottinger, bassist Josh Smith and Lzzy’s brother Arejay on drums –

back for Familiar Taste of Poison.

The gig showcases most of the best songs from Halestorm’s two albums, as well as promoting their latest covers EP, Reanimate 2.0.

A cover of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky is full of grooving guitar riffs, while Judas Priest’s Dissident Aggressor sounds huge.

Gratuitous drum solos and one too many cover songs aside, Halestorm have worked hard to get to this point in their career.

The show was a mixed bag, but by the time Here’s To Us rounded off proceedings, even the most cynical are won over.

* Halestorm played Sheffield’s 02 Academy on Thursday, April 3.