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]

Watch Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton And Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Perform Quarantine Acoustic Cover Of The Black Crowes’ “She Talks To Angels”

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton and Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale recently performed a quarantine acoustic cover of The Black Crowes’ “She Talks To Angels” as part of the September 4 episode of “Raise Your Horns.” You can watch that below at the 42:30 mark.

Evanescence Premiere “Use My Voice” Music Video

Evanescence have premiered a new video for their song “Use My Voice.“ This track is from the band’s upcoming album “The Bitter Truth” and it features multiple guests including: Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, Within Temptation‘s Sharon den Adel, The Pretty Reckless‘ Taylor Momsen, Veridia‘s Deena Jakoub, Lindsey Stirling, Amy McLawhorn, and frontwoman Amy Lee‘s sisters Lori Lee Bulloch and Carrie South.

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.”

Apocalyptica Premiere New Song “Talk To Me” Featuring Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale

Apocalyptica have premiered a new single titled “Talk To Me.” This track features Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and a lyric video for it can be found below:

Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen commented:

“After years of friendship, we are more than happy to release a song together with the amazing Lzzy of Halestorm.

This song has been in our minds for quite some time and we have been waiting for the right moment to finish it, and getting Lzzy to join us and perform in her outstanding way was a dream come true.

We want to thank Lzzy and the whole Halestorm team for their great work and friendship.”

Hale added:

“Apocalyptica and I have for years talked about doing something together, and the last time I saw Eicca Toppinen, in Helsinki, Finland during the 2019 Tuska festival, he brought up the idea that we finally make that talk a reality.

I’m so excited for the world to hear this song.

Thank you so much to the entire Apocalyptica camp for being a part of our family all these years and for including me in this project.”

Apocalyptica To Release New Single “Talk To Me” Featuring Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale

Apocalyptica will be releasing a new single titled “Talk To Me” on August 21. Notably, that track will feature Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale.

Watch Halestorm, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Members Cover The Beatles And AC/DC

Members of Halestorm, Guns N’ Roses, Cheap Trick and more recently performed as part of the “(De)Tour” virtual festival to raise money for NIVA and MusiCares. Footage of two of the performances from the event can be found below. The first video finds Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Linda Perry, and Mike Garson covering The Beatles‘ “Come Together.“ The second video finds Hale, Clarke, Sorum, Nicholson, and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) covering AC/DC‘s “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll).“

Evanescence Premiere New Song “Use My Voice” Featuring Halestorm, Within Temptation, The Pretty Reckless, Etc. Members

Evanescence have premiered a new song titled “Use My Voice.“ The track is from the band’s upcoming album “The Bitter Truth” and it features multiple guests including: Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, Within Temptation‘s Sharon den Adel, The Pretty Reckless‘ Taylor Momsen, Veridia‘s Deena Jakoub, Lindsey Stirling, Amy McLawhorn, and frontwoman Amy Lee‘s sisters Lori Lee Bulloch and Carrie South. Lee said the following about the song:

“This is an era of awakening, and full of powerful beauty. I hope to inspire others to seek truth, find their own voices, and use them as I step up to use mine. Don’t let anybody speak for you. Only you can do that.”

Evanescence Post Teaser For New Song “Use My Voice” Featuring Halestorm, Within Temptation, The Pretty Reckless, Etc. Members

Evanescence have posted a teaser for their new song “Use My Voice.“ That track features a number of guests including: Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, Within Temptation‘s Sharon den Adel, The Pretty Reckless‘ Taylor Momsen, Veridia‘s Deena Jakoub, Lindsey Stirling, Amy McLawhorn, and frontwoman Amy Lee‘s sisters Lori Lee Bulloch and Carrie South. The full song will be released on August 14 and it will also appear on the band’s upcoming album “The Bitter Truth.“

Guns N’ Roses, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Etc. Members To Take Part In (De)Tour Virtual Festival

Morrison Hotel Gallery and Rolling Live Studios have announced a special (De)Tour virtual festival. The event will take place on August 15 and proceeds from it will go towards MusiCares and NIVA. The following artists will appear: Ringo Starr, Linda Perry, Slash, Gavin Rossdale, Macy Gray, Sean Lennon, Jesse Malin, Cheap Trick, Taylor Momsen, Badflower, John Oates, David Johansen, Billy Gibbons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Gilby Clarke, Donita Sparks, Matt Sorum, Lzzy Hale, Bluebonnets, Charlotte Muhl, David Ramirez, Al Barr, Eve Monsees, Scream, Haley Reinhart, Joseph Arthur, Kathy Valentine, Lenny Kaye, Mickey Thomas, Mike Flanigin, South of Eden, Steve Stevens, Sue Foley, the Cringe, Uni, Vintage Trouble, Awolnation, Mike Garson, Meg Toohey, Carmine Rojas, and more. You can watch the stream on rollinglivestudios.com.