Last Updated on 12.07.12 Written by John Guarnieri
Fallen Blue has a lot to be thankful for during this holiday season, especially since Halestorm has stepped up the plate and joined our cause. In a talk that lasted close to an hour, Lzzy Hale, Halestorm's vocal goddess, shared everything from her love and upmost respect for police officers and their families, the new album coming out in 2012, and her desire to start a modern day version of The Runaway's.
Lzzy started off saying that she loves the idea behind Fallen Blue and that the band is willing to do what they can for us and these police families. "This concept [Fallen Blue] hits close to home because I still remember these two twin boys that were in my 7th grade class growing up. Their father was a police officer, and we would always see him coming and going from school. Today, it really hammers home the fact that their father leaves home never knowing if he will be coming home again. I am very grateful that we have police officers, who are willing to do what so many are afraid to do."
2012 is going to be a huge year for the band. Their new album has just gone into the mixing stage, and the band is already gearing up for a tour before the new year even hits. Lzzy said that "the band is very excited to kick off the touring behind the new album. We did close to 300 shows last year, and we are itching to get back out there." When asked how she stays busy during downtime, she said that she loves to keep writing and staying in the music game. "When another band asks me to sing on a record I am very humbled to be even asked. I am great friends with Brent Smith from Shinedown, so it was great to work with the band. I have also done work with my friends, Mike Portnoy, Ben Moody, and the Three Days Grace guys."
Halestorm is very much a family affair, as Lzzy's brother, Arejay, is also the band's drummer. When asked what the atmosphere on the road is like, Lzzy said that "this four-some is very much like a marriage. We have been doing this for 9 years, and of course there are the ups and downs, but we love doing what we do. With Arejay in the band, that family bong bleeds through to the rest of the guys. Even when we get off a long tour, we usually take a day or two to recoup, but we find ourselves hanging out again in no time. We are eachother's best friends. We have had some pretty crazy bowling and Scrabble competions to say the least!"
The band's most recent release was their covers album, ReAniMate: The coVeRs eP, where they sucessfully made songs by Temple Of The Dog and Skid Row their own rockin' tunes. I asked Lzzy what artists she would love to have cover a Halestorm song and she said: "I would love to hear the Foo Fighters sing our song "If Not You." David is an incredible musician. It would have been awesome to hear Ronnie James Dio do something from us, and I can't forget to mention the rock icon, Mr. Alice Cooper." From here, Lzzy brought up that she would love to kickstart a modern version of The Runaways. 'Whenever I see Orianthi (now with Alice Cooper) or Emma (Sick Puppies) we always talk about how cool it would be for a kick-ass all female band. We are hoping that something like that can happen down the road." When I mentioned that Fallen Blue has had the honor of recieving help from the German rock titan, Doro, Lzzy went on even further. "Doro! I love Doro, and I would love to do something with her! I first got wind of Doro when I heard her cover Billy Idol's "White Wedding" and I was blown away. There are so many great female musicians out there, and Doro is definately in that group!"
As we wrapped up the interview, we talked about two songs that fans have really loved from the band. Halestorm's first single was 'I Get Off", and it was one story from a fan that blew Lzzy away. "A young, female fan approached me after a show and told me that this song saved her life in rehab. The girl said that the person singing in the song was the drugs themselves. I was blown away at this girl's innocence. One of the favorites to play live for the band is "Familiar Taste Of Poison": For me, this song is my view on a more realistic look at love. I have had this song written since I was 17. I was dating a guy at the time, and I always told told him that I love him for what he is, but also for what he isn't. I wasnt perfect and he wasnt perfect either, but that is what I loved about him. We have since moved on, but the my approach to love is still the same."
Fallen Blue is grateful to have Halestorm jump aboard our cause, and we look forward to working with them in the future.
For more information on the band: http://www.halestormrocks.com/.