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.”

Listen To Dee Snider And Lzzy Hale’s New Version Of “The Magic Of Christmas Day”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has joined forces with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale to record a new version of “The Magic Of Christmas Day.” You can check that out below:

Snider commented:

“Originally written and recorded as a Christmas gift for my wife Suzette with no plan for commercial release, years later ‘The Magic Of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)’ was discovered and recorded by Celine Dion for her holiday record ‘These Are Special Times’, which went on to become the biggest selling holiday album in history — and is the reason we refer to her as ‘Saint Celine’ in my house. When it was recently suggested that I should finally record this song myself, I knew I needed to bring in a young powerhouse vocalist to not only duet with me, but light a Yuletide fire under my ass! I only knew of one rock vocalist who could deliver on all those fronts, and she did in spades: the incredible Lzzy Hale of Halestorm!”

Hale added:

“If you’re ever in your life gonna go full-on, all-gas, no-brakes ‘Christmas Cheer,’ you do it Dee Snider-style. I was so honored to get the call from Dee on his holiday classic ‘The Magic Of Christmas Day’. After exchanging a few very affectionate ‘f@&k yous’ as we rediscovered our respect and admiration for each other’s talent, the final recording produced by the legendary Jeff Pilson is insanely epic. Thank you so much to everyone for having me. And considering we will ALL be experiencing a very different holiday season in 2020, I hope that this song brings you joy and puts a smile on your face. God bless us everyone!”

Amy Lee (Evanescence), Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Etc. To Be Honored At 2021 “She Rocks Awards”

The Women’s International Music Network have revealed the honorees for the 2021 “She Rocks Awards.” The virtual ceremony will take place on January 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. PT and it will be open to the public. VIP tickets can also be purchased at sherocksawards.com. Next year’s recipients include: The Go-Go’s, Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Cindy Blackman Santana (Santana, Lenny Kravitz, etc.) Amy Lee (Evanescence), Margaret Cho, Starr Parodi, Ann Mincieli,, Sharon Hennessey, and Gwen Riley. Additional honorees and featured guests will be announced soon. Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) will host the main event, while Yahoo Entertainment’s Lyndsey Parker will host the pre-show countdown. There will also be an opening set from Magnolia Boulevard.

Halestorm, Tesla, Etc. Members To Perform During “Rock To Remember” Virtual Concert

Gibson Gives and Guitars For Vets have announced a special “Rock To Remember” virtual concert to raise money for music programs for U.S. military veterans who are suffering with PTSD. The event, which will be hosted by Jared James Nichols, will stream tonight (November 11) at 7:30 PM, CT and it will feature: Don Felder, Big & Rich, Joe Bonamassa, Phil X and The Drills, Travis Denning, Lee Roy Parnell, Orianthi, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger, Meghan Patrick, Frank Hannon (Tesla) with JT Loux Band, Jimmy Vivino and Friends, Meghan Linsey and Tyler Cain, Honey County, Bones Owens, Nick Perri and The Underground Thieves, Laine Hardy and many more. Several U.S. veteran graduates of Guitars For Vets programs will also perform.

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Joe Biden Winning The Presidency

Joe Biden has won the 2020 election and will now become the 46th president of the United States. A number of rock/metal musicians have taken to social media to react to the good news and you can find some of their various posts below:

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Otep:

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Machine Head:

Chris Motionless (Motionless In White):

Spider One (Powerman 5000):

Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Telle Smith (The Word Alive):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones):

Sacred Reich:

Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Jake Bowen (Periphery):

Chad I Ginsburg (CKY):

Ben Koller (Converge):

Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns):

Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“Empathy” 11.07.2020, Richmond, VA. CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS… all the major news networks have just called the 2020 Presidential election for Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. Although these are just projections by media outlets (nothing is official until the members of the Electoral College cast their votes on Dec. 14th, 2020, then announced by a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021), & although there will be a lot of lawsuits brought forth by Donald Trump who will not concede anytime soon (or ever?), it’s obvious that it’s OVER- Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. At this time, I would like to encourage everyone, no matter who you voted for, to behave with some class; to speak & act with some empathy. This country has been consumed by a toxic polarity- it is time for that toxicity to end, because it is not sustainable & it does not accomplish anything. We are all tired. We all have strong feelings. It is time to act like adults with correctly calibrated moral compasses. My feelings about President Trump (& politicians in general, for that matter) are well known, but I have zero reason to gloat. That is childish, & it accomplishes nothing. Instead I will choose to act with empathy, & hope that some level of civility will return to American discourse across the board. I just came back from a “Stop the Steal” rally near the VA State Capitol, where I shot these photos. No one was rude to me, & they announced from the beginning that it would be a peaceful protest- that is their right, & although I disagree with them, I support their right- they are my countrymen & women. These people are going to be very upset today- I will show people like this empathy in the hope that we can find common ground somehow, & that this terrible atmosphere that has hung over America for the last 4 years will begin to lift. It HAS to, or we all are screwed. Please- let’s all start talking to each other again. I hope you all have a good day- now, I’m going surfing. Peace. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #MadeInWetzlar #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #honetheaesthetic

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Nergal (Behemoth):

Brian May (Queen):

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Congratulations to President Elect Joe Biden and trailblazer Kamala Harris !!! It’s been hard for me to stay silent over the last few days, weeks, months, but I felt it would be wrong to interfere in even the smallest way in the politics of another country. But there is a part of me that will always be rooted in the USA – I love America and have felt profound pain watching its freedoms and decency being eroded. I can now finally speak up. I feel massive joy – I see this is a victory for the people by the people – and hopefully just in time to make it possible to start to heal the terrible damage that has been done to the American Nation and its standing in the World in recent times. I’m thrilled for my dear American friends, that they have taken this step to reclaim compassion, justice, truth, accountability, and dignity. I’m well aware that America is split as to whether Trump as a president was a Champ or a Chump. But what you guys will discover over the next few weeks is that the rest of the world was NOT split. The whole world, like me, is rejoicing with you at this moment – feeling that we are getting our best friend back – our friend America. Yes – I will pray for unity and decent debate, with some great Rebublicans sharing the work load in the new regime. And – Yes – at last – the United States of America can again be Champions of the World !!! Bri

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Richard Patrick (Filter):

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#dems #gop #republican #democracy #democrats

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Dee Snider And Lzzy Hale To Release New Version Of “The Magic Of Christmas Day” Next Month

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has joined forces with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale to record a new version of “The Magic Of Christmas Day.” That track will be released on November 13.

Snider commented:

“Originally written and recorded as a Christmas gift for my wife Suzette with no plan for commercial release, years later ‘The Magic Of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)’ was discovered and recorded by Celine Dion for her holiday record ‘These Are Special Times’, which went on to become the biggest selling holiday album in history — and is the reason we refer to her as ‘Saint Celine’ in my house. When it was recently suggested that I should finally record this song myself, I knew I needed to bring in a young powerhouse vocalist to not only duet with me, but light a Yuletide fire under my ass! I only knew of one rock vocalist who could deliver on all those fronts, and she did in spades: the incredible Lzzy Hale of Halestorm!”

Hale added:

“If you’re ever in your life gonna go full-on, all-gas, no-brakes ‘Christmas Cheer,’ you do it Dee Snider-style. I was so honored to get the call from Dee on his holiday classic ‘The Magic Of Christmas Day’. After exchanging a few very affectionate ‘f@&k yous’ as we rediscovered our respect and admiration for each other’s talent, the final recording produced by the legendary Jeff Pilson is insanely epic. Thank you so much to everyone for having me. And considering we will ALL be experiencing a very different holiday season in 2020, I hope that this song brings you joy and puts a smile on your face. God bless us everyone!”

Alice Cooper, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Etc. To Judge Upcoming Music Competition Show “No Cover”

Alice Cooper, Bishop Briggs, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) will be serving as judges on Hit Parader’s new show “No Cover.” That program will find bands playing original music for a chance to win “a six-figure recording contract with Sumerian Records, booking agency representation from UTA, management from the Shelter Music Group, high-profile festival slot(s) via Danny Wimmer Presents, studio time at Nightbird Recording Studios, new gear from Gibson, brand endorsements, licensing opportunities and more.”

The first season of “No Cover” will be filmed at the Troubadour and The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, CA and artists that wish to participate can apply via nocovershow.com. However, they will be required to pay a fee that ranges from $99 to $499. The following was said about that:

“The above options are a chance of a lifetime and requires a fee, no different than submitting to SXSW or other music/film competitions. These events take a lot of personnel and resources.”

A press release continued:

“Entries are open to the general public and musicians will submit their original songs, photos and videos for the show’s producers to select from. Once bands are selected, our celebrity judges will grade these artists on three key factors: originality, presence and songcraft.”

All of the judges also commented:

Alice Cooper:

“I can’t wait for ‘No Cover‘. To me, a band really isn’t a band unless they are writing their own material, and if you know anything about me you know that I have a very high standard for not only the songs but also the performance. I’m looking for the band who has it all – the one who can not only write it and play it, but perform it and make me BELIEVE it.”

Bishop Briggs:

“I am beyond excited to be a judge on ‘No Cover‘! Songwriting is such a therapeutic outlet for me to express myself so I cannot wait to dig deep and learn more about each person who gets on that stage.”

Gavin Rossdale:

“I’m thrilled to be part of ‘No Cover‘ – what a talented panel of artists to be collaborating with We’ve seen the shows singing the hits -finally the chance to find a real band with their own sound and their own vision. I hope we catapult some great artists into the spotlight.”

Lzzy Hale:

“I’m beyond excited to join my friends, peers and fellow rockers as a judge for Hit Parader’s music competition TV show ‘No Cover‘. I hope that my passion and experience will help to inspire and encourage these young bands to carve out their own path in this world.”

Tosin Abasi:

“I’m really looking forward to being on this incredible panel of judges. It’s the first time I’ve seen a show like this that actually connects with the music I’m into. This is going to be rad!”

Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Etc. Members To Take Part In Virtual David Bowie Tribute Concert

Various artists will be paying tribute to the late David Bowie with a special virtual concert on January 8, 2021. The event, which is being called “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!,” was organized by Bowie‘s longtime bandmate Mike Garson and tickets for it can be found HERE. In addition to members of Bowie‘s band, the show will also feature Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Corey Glover (Living Colour), and more.

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]