Halestorm // Live in Lexington

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Halestorm + New Years Day // Live at Rupp Arena

PHOTOS AND REVIEW COURTESY OF: Emily May

Pennsylvania rock band Halestorm brought their tour with In This Moment and New Years Day to Lexington, KY recently to a packed venue. In an unfortunate turn of events, In this Moment were unable to perform this evening due to mechanical issues with their bus that made it impossible for them to make it to the venue on time. Although there were some disappointed fans, New Years Day and Halestorm more then made up for the band’s absence with both bands playing longer sets! New Years Day started the evening with plenty of energy to get the crowd moving. Singer Ash Costello is a dynamic front woman, moving about the stage during the set and engaging both sides of the crowd. Alternating between walking the stage and standing on a platform at the front of the stage, she belted out the songs directly to the crowd, with many in the front row singing along. Perfoming songs including “Kill Or Be Killed”, their new single “Skeletons” from their upcoming album, “Scream” and a cover of Pantera’s “Fucking Hostile”, the band had people on their feet and singing for the entire set. Asking the crowd towards the beginning of the set how many of them had never seen or heard of New Years Day before, several hands went up. I have no doubt that they were fans after the band finished their set, which was full of energy, fun and appreciation from the band for the fans who came out early to see them!

Next up was Halestorm. Awash in gorgeous lighting, the band took the stage to a roar of cheers and applause from the crowd! Playing a double neck guitar, singer Lzzy Hale wowed the crowd from the start with her fun and energetic stage presence. It is apparent that she loves performing and was all smiles as she sang and engaged the crowd. She often held her hand up to her ear and, with her hands palms up, moved her fingers towards herself to signal that the crowd needed to sing louder. Touring in support of their latest album Vicious, the band performed plenty of new material for the crowd, as well as some older hits that their fans were hoping to hear. The band started things off with “I Am The Fire” and performed a set that included “Do Not Disturb”, “Black Vultures”, “Skulls”, “Apocalyptic”, “Vicious” and “Killing Ourselves To Live”. Ending their pre-encore set with “Mayhem”, which they dedicated to “In This Moment”, the band briefly exited the stage before coming back out for a 4 song encore, much to the delight of the fans. Starting out with a cover of Journey’s “Separate Ways (World’s Apart)”, they then performed “Dear Daughter” and “I Miss The Misery”. Ending the set with “Here’s To Us”, they concluded a spectacular evening of music and gave their fans a wonderful performance!

NEW YEARS DAY

HALESTORM

Vancouver Sleep Clinic // Live In Louisville

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VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC // LIVE AT MERCURY BALLROOM

PHOTOS AND REVIEW COURTESY OF: Emily May

Australian ambient electronic band Vancouver Sleep Clinic, the solo project of singer/songwriter Tim Bettison, made a stop recently in Louisville, Ky opening for KASBO. He is currently touring with his live band in support of his latest EPs, Therapy Phase 01 and Therapy Phase 02. The mood this evening was chill as the band took the stage, with the lighting reflecting the mood of the songs, washing the venue in hues of red, blue and purple, with sporadic bits of yellow and white. Bettison made great use of the stage and really feels the music as he sings, often dancing around the stage and standing at the edge of the stage to sing directly to the crowd. Towards the beginning of the set Bettison asked everyone how they were doing and thanked them for coming out this evening. He mentioned that it was his second time playing Louisville, having played here once before in 2016 as support for the British indie band Daughter, and that it felt good to be back. Playing a varied set list, he had the crowd dancing along to his songs all evening and having a great time. Although he is fairly new to the scene, Bettison has made quite a few fans over the past year. Many of those at the barricade this evening were singing along to every song and clearly passionate fans of Jettison’s music! He set the perfect mood for the evening ahead!

Hanson // Live in Louisville

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HANSON // LIVE AT THE LOUISVILLE PALACE

PHOTOS AND REVIEW COURTESY OF: Emily May

Indie pop/rock band Hanson, who are currently in the midst of their String Theory Symphonic Tour, made a stop recently in Louisville, KY. The band recently released their latest album String Theory, on which many of their songs, both old and new, were rearranged and recorded with an orchestra. There was excitement and anticipation in the air as fans awaited the start of the show. Hanson has grown a devoted, diverse and loyal fan base over the years, with this evening’s fans eager to experience this incredible evening. As the lights blinked in the lobby to indicate the show was about to start, those who were not already in their seats hurried to them. As the band took the stage, the crowd erupted in cheers and applause. As the band took their places on the stage, brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson stood on stage with smiles on their faces, basking in the love that was flowing through the room. As the applause died down, the brothers thanked the crowd for being there to celebrate this special evening. They told the crowd that they had been trying to think of something special to do for their 25th Anniversary as a band, coming up with the idea of recording their String Theory album, which featured old and new songs arranged and recorded with an orchestra. The band then decided to take this album on the road, performing each night with a live symphony orchestra backing them on stage. This evening saw the band backed by the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, with Teddy Abrams conducting. They told the crowd that they would be hearing old favorites, as well as new songs that were written for the album/tour.

Starting things off with “Reaching For The Sky (Part 1)”, the band followed that up with “Joyful Noise”, “Where’s The Love” and “Dream Do It”. Next up, the band performed their smash hit “Mmm Bop”, with the crowd singing along loudly to every word. The band collaborated with legendary composer (and musician Beck’s father) David Campbell on their album and tour, and the level of expert arranging and composing with each song performed. While the songs performed retained hints of their original sounds, the orchestral elements added richness, depth and layers to the songs that turned them into something really special. The brothers were having a great time on stage, and although they each had certain instruments they focused on during the set, they also switched instruments periodically throughout the evening showcasing their musical versatility. Finishing the first half of the evening with “Yearbook”, Siren Call” and “Me Myself and I”, the audience was given a 15 minute intermission before the second half of the concert began.

Starting off the second half of the evening with “Reaching For The Sky (Part 2)”, the band then performed “This Time Around”, which brought the audience to their feet! Also performing “Something Going Round”, “Battle Cry” and “You Can’t Stop Us”, this half of the evening definitely had a bit more of an upbeat vibe, with the audience standing and dancing on their feet more, rather then in their seats! With the more upbeat tempo, the energy in the room was infectious, causing everyone to bask in the good times being had by everyone in the crowd. With Zac leading the crowd in sing-alongs and clapping, everyone was having a blast! Ending the evening with “I Was Born”, “Sound Of Light” and “Tonight”, the crowd went wild with applause when the last note ended. The band thanked everyone for singing along and sharing their night with them. Before leaving the stage, Isaac told the fans that the band would see them soon and until then “Don’t waste a moment and don’t waste tonight”. It was a really special evening for everyone involved with Hanson giving their fans an evening they would not soon forget!