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HALESTORM, The Garage, Glasgow
23 September 2012
outside the long sold out Garage tonight was huge. I arrived early for
interview duties and with a couple of hours until the doors opened there
were already quite a number patiently waiting for a glimpse of Lzzy and
This gig was
originally scheduled for the much smaller Cathouse venue but such was
the demand the gig was moved to the Garage and from what I overheard it
could have been moved to the next level with little problem.
have teen appeal by the bucket load and the waiting queue was made up
with said teens and parents on chaperone duty (I have been there many
times myself). Having one of their songs featured on a recent
episode of Glee can't have done the band's popularity any harm!
show featured a three band bill and kicked off with alt rockers Zico
Chain. The three piece played a high energy set which went down
well. It was a short set and contained numbers from the band's new album
'The Devil In Your Heart' which proved to be solid alt-rock fare that
was well received.
Next up were
Heaven's Basement who put in a great half hour set. This was the
first time I had witnessed the band, although they appear to be
constantly on tour, and I was impressed with what I saw.
play well and have some great, hard rocking numbers which had the crowd
on their feet and bouncing along.
Again it was
a short, sharp set that the guys used to maximum effect including tracks
from their new album 'Fire, Fire' which I may have to investigate
left the stage clear for tonight's headline act, the one and only
Halestorm. This however proved to be a bit of a mixed show. This was
only the band's third date on what is their maiden headline world tour
and the band appeared to be a bit 'all at sea' with the situation.
'Love Bites (and so do I...)' the band played well enough with Arejay
providing the theatrics at the back of the stage whilst pounding the
drum kit and Lzzy taking centre stage much to the crowd's delight.
was spartan to say the least with just Arejay's kit, a small backline
and an electric piano side stage, more on that later, and even the
lighting was kept minimal with a light blue hue being the favoured
option, not good for photo opportunities. With such a set up it left a
lot of space for the band to fill and to me this is where they
Josh on bass
and Joe on guitar both played play well and put in a good shift, but
both leave the front of stage for Lzzy to command but for me she
struggled with this.
Josh beforehand though I got the feeling that the band are viewing this
headline tour as a big deal and hopefully once they get a few more dates
under their belts they will breathe a bit easier and relax a bit more.
though were lapping up every note. The bulk of the set was taken from
the band's latest album 'The Strange Case Of...', but all tracks were
treated like old friends as each was turned into a mass singalong.
The pace did
drop a bit mid set when Lzzy took to the aforementioned piano for a solo
rendition of 'Break In' which she sang well, however with the position
of the piano on stage she sang the heartfelt ballad to the curtain
sidestage whilst the majority of the crowd stared at her back!
With all the
space on stage this could have been much better positioned. This coupled
with a lot of dead space between songs interrupted the flow of the gig,
although the faithful didn't appear to mind.
was a decent gig but one that didn't convince me that Halestorm are
ready to take on the world. As they would say on Glee, A for effort, but
overall, could do better.