The Belfast Telegraph building would host Halestorm on their return to Belfast for only their second time, previously having played Belfast’s infamous Limelight venue they have now been upgraded due to their meteoric rise and stellar reputation as a live band.
The UK shows have a mouth-watering line up in Avatar and Rews but for some crazy reason they were not present on the Irish leg of this tour. We did how ever have Jet Fuel Chemistry from Dublin; Ireland who brought sprinkled their own brand of magic dust on the Belfast crowd tonight. These guys lit up the stage as they ripped their way through a savage set of high intensity and aggressive in your face Rock that made an immediate impression on the local audience, a banging trio of songs introduced the band to many who would have been Jet Fuel Chemistry virgins, but no more everyone in that room felt the mighty touch of this Irish quintet. Gargantuan sounding guitars from Lorcan Macken and Danny Bochkov, combined with powerhouse vocals from Dan Cusack and a solid back line in Robbie Thorne on bass andRoss McDermott on Drums these guys brought it all. A blend of highly aggressive yet melodic Rock / Metal lit up the crowd and whet the appetite for the return of Halestorm beautifully. By the time these guys had left the stage the room was whipped up into a frenzy and ready for more. Well-played lads.
Around 9pm the lights dimmed and a lone figure of Lzzy Hale walks onto the stage guitar in hand, to sing solo before the band takes their positions. The concentration is written all across her face as she throws out vocal runs like Rock goddess she is. Adorned in a full length (I’m gonna take a stab and say) Mongolian Haired coat? She looks every bit of the rock star diva she is! Her vocal intro confirms that in a heartbeat and her bewitching aura has everyone from front to back transfixed as they unleash all might hell on proceedings. Kicking off with ‘Do Not Disturb’ the room explodes as a wall of distortion comes down on one and all.
As powerful a front woman as you’ll see in Rock, Hale and the band impose themselves onto the adoring crowd with such passion and intensity that you cannot but be impressed by their enslaving performance live. Lzzy’s vocals again and again are breathtaking and are equally matched by the solid and tight performance of guys behind her, Arejay on DrumsJosh Storm, Bass, Vocals and of course Joe Storm on Guitar and Vocals. These guys provided a sold foundation throughout that filled the room with a gargantuan sound from start to finish. One thing has to be noted and that is Arejay’s wardrobe choice, which made him look like a lost member of Don Broco, but we’ll forgive him based on his stellar performance behind the skins.
Hale gets the Belfast crowd involved in a vocal tit for tat before launching into yet another track off their latest offering Vicious,taking the track to an unbelieveable crescendo under a blanket of beautiful lighting to create an atmosphere to match the emotive performance. Hale, herself lit under a sextet of lights almost looks angelic, almost as with a voice like that, she ain’t no angel and is clearly from the dark side! Her vocal performance throughout is simply sublime and leaves the crowd breathless. Song after song there is a relentless onslaught of thunderous drums, thrashing guitars and gargantuan sounding bass that fills the room, but as Hale introduces ‘I Am The Fire’ the mood shifts and the Telegraph Building is awash with lit up cell phones and lighters.
Halestorm brought the kitchen sink tonight with a majestic performance that left no-one feeling short changed, I am confident this will set a benchmark that many will use to measure against future visiting bands, A sea of happy faces exited the building into the pissing rain and a welcome breath of fresh air after a pummelling from one of the finest band on the live scene. Halestorm continue onto the UK mainland next with Sheffield in their sights.
Sat 22 Sep – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy *SOLD OUT*
Sun 23 Sep – GLASGOW O2 Academy *SOLD OUT*
Mon 24 Sep – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy *SOLD OUT*
Wed 26 Sep – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo *SOLD OUT*
Fri 28 Sep – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton *SOLD OUT*
Sat 29 Sep – BRISTOL O2 Academy *SOLD OUT*
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