Lzzy Hale Says Halestorm’s New Album Will “Kind Of Be Like Almost A Musical Documentary Of What We’ve Gone Through This Past Year”

During a recent appearance on 95.5 KLOS’ “New And Approved With Matt Pinfield,” Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale talked a bit about the band’s upcoming album. According to her, the effort will “kind of be like almost a musical documentary of what we’ve gone through this past year.”

Hale said the following about the writing sessions for the record:

“It’s been a roller-coaster ride, because we were writing for the record and actually getting together right here in my home studio every single day before the [coronavirus-related] lockdown happened, which I think tomorrow marks a year to the day when all that craziness started. So we were getting together and we were writing songs, and then, slowly but surely, it just felt like every single day we were getting more bad news, and we just basically made a decision, like, ‘Okay, guys, until this blows over ‘ — [laughs] which we thought it was going to blow over — ‘let’s everybody just stay at home.’ So the songwriting process kind of became more or less this relay sport, where it would start with myself or myself and my guitar player [Joe Hottinger], and then we would pass it off to Josh [Smith, bass], the bass player, and [eventually] send it to Arejay [Hale, drums]. And so we just ended up building up this kind of Dropbox of ideas. And then we started including our producer, Nick Raskulinecz, in all of these ideas, and so we’d go back and forth with that. And then, finally, just a couple of weeks ago, we got asked to perform THE WHO’s ‘Long Live Rock’ for the documentary ‘Long Live Rock’. And so that was kind of our, ‘Okay, well, we have to get together and do this in a real studio. So everyone get tested, and everybody wear your mask the whole time.’ And it was kind of like shaking off the dust — it was getting the band back together again. So it was kind of cool to initially break through with THE WHO song and then we started in on our actual material.”

She also added the following about lyrical themes:

“I’m just now seeing this arc, because there were the songs that we were writing just kind of coming off the road, where it’s very confident and very live and energy. And then it kind of starts to get — still keeping the energy up, but then subject matter starts to get a little crazier and maybe a little darker. And then it’s kind of starting to dip into some more hope now. So I feel like, in real time, this is going to kind of be like almost a musical documentary of what we’ve gone through, through this past year and change.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Halestorm Cover The Who’s “Long Live Rock”

Halestorm have released a cover of The Who‘s “Long Live Rock.” The track was recorded for the new documentary “Long Live Rock…Celebrate The Chaos,” which is set to premiere on March 12. If you missed it, a trailer for the film can be found HERE. Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale commented:

“It was such an amazing experience to record the iconic song, ‘Long Live Rock,’ by one of the greatest rock bands of all time The Who. We are so proud and excited that this film is getting the global release it deserves that will help spread the word of this hard rock genre that we care so much about! Rock Will Never Die!!”

[via Loudwire]

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Is Working On New Music With Desmond Child

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and Desmond Child have been collaborating on some new music. Child said the following about that:

“HALE TO THE QUEEN OF ROCK! No not me… the gorgeous and brilliant @officiallzzyhale from the band @halestormrocks. Lzzy is not only an incredible singer and guitarist… she is an accomplished inspired songwriter. We are coming up with some great music together. FUN!”

Halestorm Begin Recording New Album

Halestorm have officially started the recording process for their new album. Lzzy Hale confirmed the news during a recent appearance on “The MetalSucks Podcast.”

Hale said the following:

“We started demoing for this record in the middle of our last record cycle, when we were still on tour. I was in our practice room every day on tour, with my amps and everything, I would just force myself to write something every day. So, when we finally got to the point where we were, like, ‘Okay, let’s see what we’ve got,’ we all sit down and [go], ‘That one beats that one.’ It’s very much like having this thousand-piece puzzle, and you dump it all out. And you’re, like, ‘Okay, I know it all goes together’ [laughs], ‘but I don’t know what the picture is yet.’

So we’ve been piecing stuff together. We actually just — this week — ended up doing this socially distant version of getting into the studio with our producer. So we’ve actually begun recording. And so that’s exciting. It was a much-needed change of routine. We’re pulling in about 14-hour days. [Laughs] We go in and we’re, like, ‘All right. It’s almost 11 o’clock. We probably should go home and get some sleep, so we can come and do it all over again.’

So, yeah, it’s exciting. We’re working on a new record. I love this new material, and I’m super excited to get to the other side, whenever that may be.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Halestorm Have Demoed “About 60 Ideas” For Their Next Album

While responding to a fan on Twitter, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale confirmed that the band have demoed “about 60 ideas” for their new album. She said the following about that:

“We have about 60 ideas demoed… we are just trying to narrow it down to what is worthy of the new album.”

Halestorm To Reissue “Live In Philly 2010” On Vinyl

Halestorm will be reissuing their live album “Live In Philly 2010” on clear and black mixed colored vinyl this December. The effort has been remastered by Ted Jensen and it will be limited to 5,000 copies. Pre-orders can be found HERE and they are expected to ship on December 11. Lzzy Hale commented:

“10 years ago was the beginning of a new lifetime. We had just released our first album on Atlantic Records. It was a time of discovering who we were, not just to ourselves…but who we were to the world. When I listen to this live album, I still remember the feeling of beautiful panic before hitting the stage at the TLA, a place where I had experienced the live shows of many of my idols as a young Pennsylvania girl. Most of these songs were relatively new and some we were performing live for the first time. I can hear the growling hunger of the four of us. We were ravenous and hell bent on proving ourselves on a new level. This show was a step forward toward a future unknown…the rest is history.”

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale: “I’ve Been Writing, Honestly, Some Of The Best Songs I’ve Ever Written”

During a recent interview with Rock Sound, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale discussed the material that she has been working on amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to the extra downtime, the frontwoman says she has been able to write “some of the best songs [she’s] ever written.”

Hale said the following:

“I’ve been writing, honestly, some of the best songs I’ve ever written, because I’ve just had the time, and there isn’t any deadline and nobody’s breathing down my neck, saying, ‘Hey, where are those demos?’.

I haven’t been home without a gig for this long in probably over 15 years, so that’s a strange thing. I think in one way, I have the time, but in another way, I’m seeking that high out, I’m seeking that joy that I find from playing out live every night. I’m not writing for any other reason — I’m not writing for a deadline, I’m not writing for a record, even though technically I am; we are technically working on a new HALESTORM record. But I’m writing from such a position of joy right now, literally just getting excited about some small piece of music. And I’m taking more risks now, because I have the space and the time and I’ve settled into something. And I’m not even quite sure what that is, and I feel like it’s gonna reveal itself maybe later, but right now, I’m in it, and it’s exciting.

It’s funny, because I thought about these pros and cons. The cons of this pandemic have been I have to be home and I don’t get to do what I love to do, as in travel. I’m not with my road crew and my bandmates every day. But on the other hand, everything that I was writing before the pandemic hit I kind of put on the backburner and I just started fresh. The lyrics mean something different now, and the music means something different now. It’s not just this thing you do because it’s fun to play. It’s almost like you’re being your own ambassador of rock music. And what does that actually mean to you, besides just, like, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna rock out.’ Like, what is that? So it’s been fun to go down that rabbit hole.”

She also added the following when asked if any songs are fully tracked:

“I have a lot that’s fully tracked. It’s kind of been a relay sport, because we’re not all in the same room. So how it’s pretty much been going is that, obviously, I have a studio down here, but I have two writing stations upstairs — one by a piano and then one just a simple rock rig with a guitar. So basically, I’ve been writing the song in its entirety in how I see fit, and then I pass the baton to my guitar player, and then I pass the baton to our rhythm section, and then we discuss it later. It’s been really exciting. We have a lot that’s finished, which I think is awesome.

With this pandemic and the future kind of being unknown, at least for me, the way I’m feeling is that I’m living in the now. I’m, like, hey, if this is the last song I ever write right now, I’m gonna finish it and I’m gonna enjoy every bit of it. I’m not gonna settle. I’m not writing for radio or what I think the fans wanna hear or what I think our label wants to hear, our management — whatever it is — I’m writing from an element of my truth. And I’ve always done that, but I think it’s just peeling back another layer of that onion.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale To Host Season Three Of AXS TV’s “A Year In Music”

AXS TV have announced that Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale will be hosting season three of their “A Year In Music” series. That show will return on October 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT and a trailer for it can be found HERE.

The following was said about season three on axs.tv:

“Season three highlights include in-depth profiles detailing how the music world came together in 2001 following the terrorist attacks on September 11th; the landmark music scene of 1998, which saw the release of the breakthrough album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and the rise of MTV’s hit TRL series, which helped launch the careers of pop superstars such as Britney Spears, *NSYNC and Christina Aguilera; and the pop renaissance of 2008, which saw the emergence of current powerhouse performers such as Lady Gaga, Adele, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Beyoncé, and the election of Barack Obama; as well as the inspiring world anthems of 1986, fueled by hits such as “We Are The World” and “True Colors,” and the Hands Across America movement; and the bitter East Coast vs. West Coast rap rivalries of 1996 which came to a head following the death of hip-hop trailblazer Tupac Shakur.”

Hale commented:

“Music is a true passion of mine, and I have always been intrigued by how it so perfectly reflects the social and historical happenings of the time in which it is created. Hosting ‘A Year In Music’ is a dream come true for me, as it allows me to both discuss and learn about music’s impact on history and then share that knowledge with music lovers across the world. I am grateful to AXS TV for this incredible opportunity and I cannot wait for it to air!”

Before she makes her debut on the show, Hale will be taking part in an interview with SiriusXM’s Dave Holmes. That chat will air during the August 28 episode of “At Home And Social.”

Listen To Halestorm’s Cover Of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”

Halestorm have officially released their new EP “Halestorm Reimagined.” Among the songs on that effort is a cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” You can check that out below. In addition to that track, the effort also features reimagined versions of “I Get Off,” “I Miss The Misery,” “I Am The Fire,” “Break In,” and “Mz. Hyde.” If you missed it, a video for the new version of “Break In,” which features Evanescence’s Amy Lee, can be found HERE.

Halestorm Premiere Video For Reimagined Version Of “Break In” Featuring Evanescence’s Amy Lee

Halestorm have premiered a new video for the new reimagined version of “Break In.” This version of the track features Evanescence’s Amy Lee and it will appear on the band’s new EP “Halestorm Reimagined,” which is set to be released on August 14. Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale commented:

“One of the stand out moments on this EP is a duet of our song ‘Break In‘ featuring the amazingly incomparable Amy Lee. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz, we recorded this duet pre-COVID-19, together in the same room, live, as a full performance from beginning to end. Amy brought new meaning to this song, turning what was once just a love song into a statement of unity and support for each other.”