On Thanksgiving Eve, Halestorm and Alice Cooper slipped into Boise for a night of revelry and mayhem. The event took place at the new Revolution Concert House, and the sound was fantastic. Halestorm has become a hot commodity over the last two years, being added to just about every major tour around, and headlining everything in between.
This would be the last night for Halestorm on this leg of the Cooper tour. After a day of turkey on the road, Cooper will head to Denver with Kill Devil Hill and Halestorm will begin another headlining trek in Portland.
Many of the old school Alice Cooper fans were either not aware of who Halestorm is, or not sure what to expect, but the Pennsylvania-based quartet wasted no time getting the crowd’s undivided attention. They opened their set with the monster hit “Love Bites (So Do I)” from their sophomore 2012 smash, “The Strange Case Of…”, and quickly buzzed through two more from the same record; “Mz. Hyde” and “Freak Like Me”.
Drummer Arejay Hale was a whirlwind of unrepentant energy behind the drum kit while sister Lzzy roared away with her powerhouse vocals. Bassist Josh Smith was his usual stalwart self, holding down the bottom end while guitarist Joe Hottinger, perma-grin pasted on his mug, tore away at his axe feverishly.
The band took a quick pause to thank local radio station 100.3 The X and dedicated the hit, “It’s Not You” as thanks for their support. Next the band would tune up “Rock Show” for the girls, before bringing down the tempo on their ballad “Familiar Taste of Poison” which came off Halestorm’s 2009 self-titled debut record.
Then Arejay went “Animal” on his drums, beating them with reckless disregard and wanton brutality, even bringing out massive oversize sticks to beat his kit into submission. Since this was not a headline show the band had to forgo its usual drum circle.
Finishing things off the band returned to the first album for its first radio hit, “I Get Off” followed by their new hit “I Miss the Misery”. As something of an encore the band put their set to bed with another new hit, “Here’s To Us”.
When all was said and done, Halestorm once again left Boise with a memorable show, hundreds of new converts, and a perfect table-setting for the legendary Alice Cooper.
The only drawback to Halestorm’s performance? Not enough time. They deserved a full hour at least.