This weekend the fifth annual HardDrive Live Tour kicked off in Denver, Colorado. This year the event features Bullet For My Valentine, Young Guns, Stars in Stereo, and of course our dear friends in Halestorm.
After listening to the band blow through an incredible soundcheck of “Mz. Hyde”, Metalholic sat down with Josh Smith (bass), and brother and sister Arejay (drums) and Lzzy Hale (vocals, guitar). The conversation touched on the band’s recent European tour, the story behind “I Miss the Misery”, and the strange foods the band has eaten on foreign soil.
We also discussed Lzzy’s recent vocal work with Adrenaline Mob, Black Stone Cherry and her duet with David Draiman of Device. The two did a remarkable cover of Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Close My Eyes Forever”. She shared that the two had talked about doing the song while on tour more than two years before Draiman called her up to record it. Lzzy even took the stage with Bullet For My Valentine on “Dirty Little Secret”.
It’s no secret the Halestorm has recorded a second covers EP which should be out early this summer. While the band wouldn’t divulge details about the forthcoming CD, they did make as close to an acknowledgement as one might get that covers of Judas Priest‘s “Dissident Aggressor” and Fleetwood Mac‘s “Gold Dust Woman” will be on the EP. Other likely candidates include Dio‘s “Straight Through the Heart”, and potentially Pat Benatar‘s “Hell Is For Children” and the Bee Gees‘ “To Love Somebody”. All five songs were performed on the band’s recent headline tour overseas and in the U.S.
Despite playing support on the current tour, Halestorm gave the crowd its money’s worth. The burned through a raucous and wild set which included; “Freak Like Me”, “Love Bites (So Do I)”, “It’s Not You”, “Rock Show”, “Break In”, “Familiar Taste of Poison”, “Mz. Hyde”, “I Get Off”, “Here’s to Us”, and “I Miss the Misery”.
Check out the full video interview below for more details, watch the band’s newest video for “Freak Like Me”, and get a hint about a special guest vocalist who may be appearing on a Halestorm song…