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