Grammy Award winners Halestorm made their return to the Biggest Little City to rock the stage at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in downtown Reno for a one-night-only, nearly-sold-out show. Also on the bill, the “Queen of Rock” herself Lita Ford and newcomers Dorothy.
As they always do when they come to Reno, Halestorm played a very high-energy and flawless set that went nearly two hours. Vocalist and frontwoman Lzzy Hale took command of the stage, and the venue for that matter, and had everyone eating out of her hands for the entire set.
One of the highlights of the night was when drummer Arejay Hale did his drum solo and brought out the drummers from both openers, Bobby Rock (Lita Ford) and Dylan Howard (Dorothy) to help out on what can only be called a brilliant drum performance.
Halestorm’s set list went like this (from the setlist on stage):
“God Bless The Beast”, “Apocalyptic”, “MZ Hyde”, “Love Bites”, “Amen”, “Rock Show”, “Dear Daughter”, “I Like It Heavy”, (drum solo), “I Am The Fire”, “I Get Off”, “Freak Like Me”, “Here’s To Us”, “It’s Not You”, “Mayhem”, and “I Miss The Misery”.
I’ve seen this band play many times before and they never disappoint, even when they postpone the show not once but two times, like in 2015. In my book, Lzzy and the boys are a must see every time they come to town.
Before the show, Reno’s 104.5 radio station awarded seven lucky fans, along with their plus ones, the chance to go backstage to meet the band and get a photo with the whole band. To win players had to pull an Ace or a King out of a deck of cards, and it took nearly the whole deck of cards to get all the winners.
Main support honors for the show went to Lita Ford who played a 45-minute set of these songs:
“Gotta Let Go”, “Larger Than Life”, “Playing With Fire”, “Living Like A Runaway”, “Can’t Catch Me”, (drum solo), “Cherry Bomb” (a Runaway’s Song), “Close My Eyes Forever” (an Ozzy Osbourne Cover) and “Kiss Me Deadly”.
Ford put on a very good set, starting out a little rough but working it out to eventually kill it. This was my first time seeing her play with her band, after previously seeing her do a song with Queensryche at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe a few years ago. This was much better.
The night started off with a fairly new band from Los Angeles called Dorothy. The band was a good fit for this show; they rocked.
To see who’s next at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, visit their website at http://www.silverlegacyreno.com/entertainment/shows.
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, “that’s what I want to do.” After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.