The Halestorm and In This Moment co-headling tour has proven to be very successful and they made a tour stop on the third leg at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado Saturday night December 1.
First up was gothic pop rockers New Years Day. The band is fronted by lead vocalist Ash Costello who vigorously warmed the crowd with a short set highlighted with a blistering cover of Pantera’s classic “F*cking Hostile”. The band just inserted a new song “Skeletons” into their live set which is taken from a new album set to be unleashed early next year. It is nice to see this band grow and get more exposure hopefully generating even more fans.
If you are familiar with In This Moment, their live performances are equally about the music and stage production. The stage for their current Ritual tour consists of circular platforms that the band members and supporting dancers performed on. Vocalist Maria Brink is always the focal point often changing into various outfits as she sings, screams, and dances on stage. As the stage is filled with fog, Brink grabbed a CO2 cannon and sprayed the audience while bassist Travis Johnson and guitarist Randy Weitzel teamed up to the left and right of her. One of the closing visual highlights happened when Brink stood center with two of her dancers holding up orbs of light while the crowd lit up the arena with their cell phone flashes during the cover of Phill Collin’s “In The Air Tonight”.
Halestorm have always been known for their energetic and dynamic live performances. On their current tour for Vicious, the band led by vocalist Lzzy Hale continues to show they are a viable force in rock. Out of the gate the band accelerated into “Love Bites (So Do I)” followed right into the spirited “Mz Hyde”. Lizzy reminds me a bit like Joan Jett with her short black hair, lively attitude, and signature Gibson commanding the stage. The set focused on the newest release Vicious plus a lot of songs from the highly successful ‘The Strange Case Of’. The underline theme of the night was empowerment and Lzzy shouted “This is our church, where everyone is free to be what they want to be” before breaking into a high-powered version of “Amen”. A Halestorm show would not be compete unless drummer Arejay took center stage and performed an animated drummer solo. At the end he pulled out oversize drum sticks and shouted to the crowd that these remind him of the gigantic “Colorado mountains”.
The night closed out with Halestorm invited the members of both New Years Day and In This Moment onstage to help the band sing their closing song “Here’s To Us”. It was a great end and celebration of the diversity and exciting state of female fronted rock music.
Photos and review by Jason Bullinger