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      April 20, 2019

      Saturday   7:30 PM

      1125 Broadwater Avenue
      Billings, Montana 59102

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      Halestorm

      with Palaye Royale, Beasto Blanco
      Self-doubt and depression clawed at the edges of Lzzy Hales mind when it came time to pen Halestorms fourth album, a follow-up to 2015s Into The Wild Life. The musician didnt feel like she was where she needed to be, both professionally and personally. When she and her bandmates, Arejay Hale, Joe Hottingerand Josh Smith, began writing,Lzzy wasnt even sure who she was. I kept thinking, Can I still do this? she says. I went down a lot of rabbit holes,and Im my own worst critic. I needed to get over a lot of internal hurdles during this writing and recording process. This record was about overcoming inner demons. The band began writing, but the first batch of songs didnt feel quite right, so Halestorm scrapped itand started over. And in the end, Viciousrepresents Halestorms most personal and most inventivealbum,a deeply lived-with collection of songs teaming with genuine heart and soul. Its also how Lzzy got her groove back. I dont think there was any other way for me to get through that difficult time than to write about it, she says. This record was like therapy.The album was recorded with producer NickRaskulinecz(Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains and Rush) at Nashville, TNs Rock Falcon recording studio, and the producer, withwhomthe band had previously worked with on their 2017 covers EP ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP,pushedeach musicianto a new place musically. Each songwent through five or six versions, and ultimately carry the listener on a journey, emphasizingthe bands strengths while revealing a dynamic evolution. Nick pushed us from 10 to 11, Lzzy says. He pushed us mentally and physically. There are some things on thisrecord that I didnt think werephysically possible for both myself and my bandmates. It was really exciting to see that happen for the first time in the studio. To be able to still surprise each other like that and to surprise yourself is no small feat.One of the main goals in the studio was to capture real, human moments within the music, the sorts of unexpected instances that occur onstage. In recent years, Halestorm has introduced improvised flashes into their live sets with the idea of creatingcontrolled chaos between the more orchestrated songs. The music on Viciousembraces this sensibility. The musicians worked to ensure that every song had its own dynamic feeling, both overall and within each verse. It wasnt just about looping the same thing over and over again, Lzzy notes. The idea was: Where can we take this thats not predicable? The resulting album, which was culledfrom over 20 recorded tunes, solidifies everything Halestorm stands for as a band. Its about empowerment, an ideal that the musicians have encouraged for years, and the songs urge you to be unapologetically yourself.Ultimately, its not just about being strong and taking on the storm but also about how you rise above that storm. The albums title comes from Vicious, a gritty, surging rock number that was written duringthe last moments of studio time. The song features the line What doesnt kill me makes me vicious, a rallying cry to overcome any obstacles. Its about being strong and fierce, Lzzy says. The climate of the world right now is always seeping in, so we wanted it to feel really positive and empowering. Uncomfortable, one of the first songs written for the album, has a similar tone, featuring a rapid-fire verse and impressive vocal licks on the chorus. You cant please everybody as much as you may want to try, Lzzy says of the song. By being yourself you may make people uncomfortable. I saw a lot of our fans struggling with that. This song is saying that its okay to not make everyone happy all the time. You can be yourself and thats okay. And, in fact, you should be proud of that.References to Halestorms fans and Lzzys constant interactions with them online or on Twitter thread through the album. The musician, who calls the bands fanbase our comrades in this crazy life, wanted to drop Easter eggs into the lyrics, reminding longtime listeners of past conversations or instances in Lzzys personal life theyll likely remember. I feel like our fans deserve that type of openness from us atthis point, she says. The love theyve given us comes full circle.Since their inception in 1998, Halestorm have toured extensively with a diverse variety of artists, including Eric Church, Joan Jett, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top and Evanescence. Theyve played around2,500 dates around the worldto date, and performed at festivals like Taste of Chaos and Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Most recently, theband scored a2019 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance forUncomfortable, marking their second after their 2013 win for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.Loudwire namedLzzy their 2018 Rock Artist of the Year,last year, andtwo years prior, she was named the Dimebag Darrell Shredder of the Year at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. Both Halestormand The Strange Case of...werecertified Gold, further evidencing Halestorms massively supportive fanbase. Halestorm havealso made history: Love Bites (So Do I), the hit single from The Strange Case of...ascended to No. 1 at Active Rock radio in the U.S., making Halestorm the first-ever female-fronted group to earn thetop spot on the format.Today Halestorm existsas a beacon of hope and inspiration for musicians, particularly female musicians who want to brave the challenges of the music industry. Lzzy has been a pioneer in rock and proven that women have a place on the stage. Every night on tour,women and men in the audience can look to herand realize they too have the power to carve out their own path. Younger musicians admire her the same way she grew up admiring artists like Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. They helped me feel like I could do it, and I hope Ive done the same for women today, Lzzy says. Trying to be my best self and not trying to be anything Im not and being unapologetic feels like a good message. I feel a lot of responsibility to keep upholding that. Im just trying to be the best me.Two decades into an accomplished career, Halestorm represents the results of true passion and hard work. The band has out-survived many of its peers and the musicians are still havingfun after all this time. Viciousis evidence of a group of artists who refuse to ever plateau. This music chose us and were just hanging on, Lzzy says. Our greatest accomplishment is that weve been the same members for over 15 years and were continuing to make and release music. We want to always try new things. Were still extremely hungry and open to opportunities, and were hungry to prove we deserve to be here. Were so lucky to still be a band and have people care about our music. And theres still so much more to do.

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