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Halestorm – Deluxe Room at Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN – 08-06-2013

As many times as I’ve seen Halestorm over the past three years, they never disappoint, they always put on an amazing show. Lzzy Hale continues to defy the rock greats with vocal abilities that stand out time after time.

Halestorm was doing a solo tour this time around, made a stop at the Deluxe Room at the Old National Center in Indianapolis Indiana, to a sold out show. Halestorm started back in 2009 and I think I’ve been seeing them live since 2011, I know I’ve been to many shows, just never had the opportunity to met them, well last night I finally got to met Lzzy Hale, her brother Arejay Hale which is the drummer, Joe Hottinger the guitarist, and Josh Smith the bassist. Together they make up one kick ass band.

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Halestorm took the stage at 9pm sharp and opened up with “Love Bites (So do I)” from their current album “The Strange Case of” that was released last year, their first full length album to date, I’m sure more will follow. They sang several cover songs and even a solo song by Lzzy herself that I have never heard before, I do believe it’s on an extended version of there cd somewhere. They did “Slave to the Grind” by “Skid Row” which is awesome, Lzzy’s voice can sing that slightly better than Sebastian Bach, I do know they have sung it together at some point and time. They also did “All I wanna do is Make Love to you” by “Heart” and that’s off of there “Reanimate: The Covers EP” that was released in 2011, it has both those songs, along with a wicked remake of “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, totally better than the original by far.

They are a humble band, Lzzy thanked the fans for putting her on the stage, and all the support and love from social media that they receive, the fans really did jump-start their career. So much so, they won a Grammy for the song “Love Bites (So do I) for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, although a lot of people thought they shouldn’t have, they did ironically enough, which hasn’t changed them to much that I could tell, still down to earth and very appreciative for what they have and how they got there.

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The set list is as follows:

  1. Love Bites (So Do I)
  2. Mz. Hyde
  3. You call me a bitch like its a bad thing
  4. Freak Like Me
  5. Dirty Work
  6. Innocence
  7. Daughters of Darkness
  8. Straight Through the Heart (Ronnie James Dio cover)
  9. Rock Show
  10. Break in
  11. In your room
  12. All I wanna do is make love to you (Heart Cover)
  13. Familiar Taste of Poison
  14. Drum Solo (by Arejay)
  15. Slave to the Grind (Skid Row Cover)
  16. It’s Not you
  17. I Get off
  18. Hate it when you see me cry (Lzzy solo)
  19. Gold Dust Women (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  20. I Miss the Misery
  21. Here’s to Us

Overall an amazing night of music by Halestorm, they did have an opening act a band named Whitener from Kentucky they were alright nothing special, they did however sing “Little Red Corvette” by “Prince” which made my friend cringe, but overall a good thirty minute set by them was all that was needed.

The Deluxe Room at the Old National Center in Indianapolis only holds 800 people, it’s a small basement room that has a stage and main floor area that works really well for smaller concerts, it’s one of many event rooms in the Center, the Egyptian Room being the largest for concerts of general admission. It’s one of my go-to venues for concerts over the summer, great place for live music.

After the show we ventured out by the bus, and was able to met Joe, Lzzy and Arejay, they signed things, took photos.. I’m glad I got to met them, been wanting for quite some time.

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Thank you Halestorm for yet again, putting on an epic rock show.. can’t wait to do it again in the future.

Eye Empire & Kyng 10/18/12: Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN

Free tickets fueled this stop on the Triple Threat Tour. I entered a contest with Live Nation and guess who won? I couldn’t pass up a chance to see two bands that I really love and Seether.

Prior dates had Sick Puppies on the bill, but the past week events resulted in them leaving the tour. Click here to see what Shaun Morgan of Seether posted on Twitter.

Sick Puppies of course said “due to unforeseen circumstances” while the lead singer of Kyng told me last night “they have no balls” I would am lead to believe that the kids didn’t get along well on the playground That being said, last night Eye Empire and Kyng stole the show for me.

Eye Empire (who performed earlier this month in Arizona) is a band that consists of four great guys that are so musically talented they could have bands on the side (oh that’s right they do). Donald Carpenter the lead singer belts out lyrics like no other. I first met Donald a good ten years ago, when he was the lead singer of Submersed. Mark Tremonti along with Alter Bridge introduced them to the world as their opening act and after that they managed to get with other bands that I was into at the time. Following them around was perfect. To be honest I’ve even been on their tour bus years ago where I was invited to listen to some new Submersed music. Donald is a great guy, down to earth and full of heart and just puts it out there every time he performs. The other guys in the band do the same, Ryan Bennett on drums, B.C. Kochmit on guitar, along with Corey Lowery on bass (who I’ve seen many times with his prior band Dark New Day) just bring it to the stage every time I see them. Last night was no exception as they rocked and performed songs from their first album entitled “Eye Empire” which included:

  • I pray
  • The Great Deciever
  • Angels & Demons
  • Feel like I’m Falling
  • Victim of the System
  • Obvious

Overall it was awesome as they got the crowd into it. Afterward, Donald always seems to go through the front row asking everyone to enjoy the show, it’s very personable and shows that he loves the fans. Hugs all around, I am glad I won tickets and had the chance to see them again.

 

Kyng was next. Before the show I commented on lead singer’s Eddie Veliz Instagram account that I was standing right in front of him, well to the side anyway and was awaiting a night of rock. He walked by right before Eye Empire took the stage and pointed at me and shook my hand Well of course I had to met the man who I say reminds me of Rob Zombie. He claimed he didn’t see it but he does see the Zack Wylde resemblance go figure.

 

Kyng has a heavy metal guitar riff driver sound as I shared in my review from the last time I saw the Triple Threat Tour. if I had long hair I would be head banging. They of course sounded great and Eddie’s guitar playing let’s just say wow, dudes got skills. They did have a hard time getting the crowd into it, but the crowd in Indianapolis was a tough one. They were expecting Sick Puppies I believe but life goes on, and enjoy the bands that are in front of you trying to get you to move. Kyng played songs off of their album “Trampled Sun” which included:

  •  Pushing and Pulling
  • Trampled Sun
  • Falling Down
  • Takes it Toll

There were a few others, but I just got the CD last night, and can’t remember off the top of my head what other songs they sang, they did sing six or seven overall.

Being that the crowd wasn’t into them, they did mange to get there attention by throwing out stuff, Eddie said “is that how it works we give you free stuff?” I don’t ask for free stuff, if they throw it my way, they throw it my way, if not.. life goes on, but I will say after the show Eddie did walk down and hand me a guitar pick. That was rad, thanks Eddie. Once he did say he would be at the merchandise booth I decided I would not be hanging front row for Seether.

Eddie was super sweet and quite entertaining. I love his sense of humor, it was a treat to get to met him and get a photo. Hopefully they will tour again after they are done opening for Megadeath in the coming months.

 

Seether had already started while I was meeting Eddie so nothing missed. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Seether, it’s just the Seether from years ago, isn’t the same as it is today. My friend that went with me wanted to hear “Brokin” and we did but after that we decided to leave, as I really only came for the two opening acts.  Seether’s stage set up is dark and not highly visible to the eye, so the photos I got aren’t to shabby, but overall the songs they performed, sounded good in the Old National Center, as Shaun’s voice echoed through the venue.

I love the Old National Center that houses these concerts over in Indianapolis, but I always seem to forget the three flights of stairs we have to walk up to get to the actual venue, they have great acoustics and are always nice and friendly, it’s a great venue and has been home to some great rock shows this year alone. It’s centrally located, and easy access from I-70, love the venue for the Indianapolis area.

Overall for a free concert, it was a good concert, glad I entered, Thank you Live Nation, and glad I got to met the guys that I wanted to met, good night indeed.

 

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