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Interview:
Hard rockers Halestorm still feeling the Grammy Award shine
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Halestorm last came through town, in December, as Grammy Award nominees.

Returning to play this weekend's Stars & Stripes Festival in Sterling Heights, the hard rock quartet Red Lion, Pa., can now call itself a Grammy winner, taking home the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal prize in February. The group even has the actual award to show for it now, too, says frontwoman Lzzy [cq] Hale.

"Yeah, we just received the Grammy (trophy), maybe about a week ago," says Hale, 29. "It took awhile, but for me to actually see it makes it become a little more real.

"I'm still kind of flabbergasted over it. When we got the nomination, we were like, 'That's good enough for us. We're not gonna push our luck. We definitely won't win.' I remember them saying 'The Grammy goes to' and then the rest of it I think I blacked out; all our brains turned to mush and we went screaming up to the podium and had nothing intelligent to say."

For Hale and her bandmates, including brother Arejay on drums, the Grammy is another triumph in an eventful 15 months since the release of Halestorm's second album, "The Strange Case of..." The set topped the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart, while the singles "Love Bites (So Do I)" and "Freak Like Me" went No. 1 on the Active and Mainstream Rock Songs charts. A fourth single, "Here's To Us," is currently climbing, while Hale guests on the new album by Device, singing on the group's remake of the Ozzy Osbourne-Lita Ford duet "Close My Eyes Forever."

"It's all been great," says Hale, "but there's a lot of people who are like, 'Wow, they're rich!' No, no, the Grammy didn't come with a million dollars. We just got a statue.

"I think the only thing we've really said between ourselves is, 'Maybe we should practice more,' 'cause we have the Grammy and people expect more from us, so maybe we should work on being better musicians. But, y'know, we've been foursome for 10 years now, so for the (Recording) Academy to recognize that and even know who the hell we are is an honor in itself. We get to look at it and said, 'Look, guys, we did this together, and we're still here.' "

Halestorm plays at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30 on the Budweiser National Amphitheatre Stage during the Stars & Stripes Festival at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway. General admission is free; VIP tickets are available for $38. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.

Web Site: www.freedomhill.net

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