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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale on the Power of Women in Hard Rock: “This Genre Is Genderless”

"It's not something that us girls got into because we had a boyfriend that loved metal. It's inherently who we are."

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, photo by Amy Harris
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    Halestorm recently released their fifth studio album, Back From the Dead, which comes more than a decade after they issued their 2009 self-titled debut. In the years in between, Halestorm have established themselves as one of the premier bands in hard rock.

    When it comes to women in hard rock and heavy metal, singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale tells Heavy Consequence that she has seen a significant growth in representation since Halestorm first started out.

    “It’s kind of night and day,” she tells us in the video interview above. “It’s completely flipped. It used to be that not only was I the only girl in a band onstage but I was the only girl on tour, and now that’s not the case. At any given festival, we’re all over the place. Women are taking over the rock festivals right now, and I’m not alone in being a girl musician, but also there are female lighting techs and tour managers and engineers and roadies. It’s wonderful to see.”

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    “And, obviously, in the audience, it’s been completely flipped,” she adds. “Just a few short years ago, it used to be the majority of people in the rock crowds were dudes, and now you just see all these beautiful women owning this genre — owning this hard rock genre. It’s proving once and for all, even though we’ve been talking about it for eons, that this hard rock genre is genderless. It’s not something that us girls got into because we had a boyfriend that loved metal. It’s inherently who we are.”

    Halestorm are hitting the road throughout 2022 in support of Back From the Dead. Catch the band on their upcoming Summer headlining US tour with The Pretty Reckless, Lilith Czar and The Warning. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

    Watch more of what Lzzy Hale has to say about women in hard rock in the video above, and get her thoughts on Halestorm’s new album and the band’s origins in the first part of our interview, which can be seen here.

    Trouble viewing the video in the player above? Watch on YouTube.

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