American rockers, Halestorm brought their “Into The Wildlife Tour” to Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland this weekend for a sold-out show, guaranteed to get more than a little sweaty.
As soon as the lights dimmed, ecstatic fans started chanting, “Halestorm! Halestorm!” long before the band even stepped out on stage. As drummer, Arejay Hale made an appearance, the crowd went crazy before the rest of the band joined him and “Mz. Hyde” opened the set. “It’s Not You” and “Freak Like Me” followed, before latest single “Amen” was aired complete with fans singing along with frontwoman, Lzzy Hale. “You Call Me A Bitch Like It’s A Bad Thing”, “Apocalyptic” and “Rock Show” shaped the zesty set. Things were slowed down momentarily, as Lzzy left the guitar and took to the keys to play “Break In” before being rejoined by the rest of Halestorm for“Familiar Taste Of Poison”. Rock chick, Lzzy then handed the stage over to her “little” brother to show The Barrowland how a drum solo should be done.
Full band service resumed with “Mayhem”, taken from their forthcoming LP, “Into The Wild Life” and debut single, “I Get Off”. The gig sadly crawled to an end with “Love Bites (So Do I)” and “I Miss The Misery” which saw the LA-based band bow out. The Barrowland Ballroom was flooded with screaming, clapping and foot stamping to the traditional, Glaswegian chant of “One More Song!” Halestorm granted the wish of their Scottish fans; the headliners returned to the stage with Arejay waving a Saltire which whipped the already ecstatic fans into a frenzy. With our home flag draped over her, Lzzy Hale performed “I Like It Heavy” and thanked fans for coming out on such a rainy, miserable night to support Halestorm, before concluding with, “Here’s To Us”.
Drummer, Arejay Hale confided in Gutter HQ backstage at The Barrowland just hours before the gig that rock ‘n’ roll was dying in The United States, but thanks to the enthusiasm and ecstasy of their Glasgow crowd, I’m sure that he, and Halestorm, were left in no doubt that here in the UK, our rock ‘n’ roll heart is beating strong!