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Halestorm Happy With Short-Term Longevity

of the Oakland Press

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Nearly 15 months after the release of Halestorm’s debut album, frontwoman Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hale says it’s “amazing to actually still be here” — with a pair of Top 10 Mainstream Rock singles (“I Get Off,” “It’s Not You”) and a third, “Familiar Taste of Poison,” beginning its ascent.

“It could’ve easily gone the other way — we know that,” says Hale, who co-founded the hard rock quartet from eastern Pennsylvania in 1997 with her brother, drummer Arejay Hale. “It blows my mind, and things keep progressing and the shows get better and we keep taking the next step.

“I don’t think I actually knew how this record was going to take and how people were going to perceive it, so everything that’s happening is ... just amazing to me.”

Even more surprising, Hale says, is that she’s been getting positive communications not just from Halestorm’s fans but also from their parents, “telling me what a good role model I am for their kids.”

“They say, ‘Thank you so much for being someone my kids can look up to. That’s something that’s really neat,” Hale notes. “It was important for me, on this record, to have a kind of empowering standpoint. I essentially wrote these songs as a kick in the butt to me to step up as a person and as a woman and be the best me I could be kind of thing.

“So the fact that these kids and their parents are relating to that ... I’m not sure anybody could, but I didn’t expect it. It’s very gratifying.”

Halestorm and Adelita’s Way perform Saturday, July 3, at the I-Rock Nightclub, 16350 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 313-824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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