Lzzy Hale On Grudge-Holding Bandmates: ‘It’s Incredibly Disheartening’

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In a recent interview with Gotts of 95.9 The Rat, Halestorm’s frontwoman Lzzy Hale reflected on the importance of band dynamics. The interviewer praised the band’s ability to maintain strong relationships after 20 years together, to which Lzzy responded:

“Yeah, it’s really nuts. It’s disheartening to see that there are so many bands… Like we’ve been out and we’ve been touring with people for years and even recently meeting up with some people that you’ve known and you’ve toured with, you can tell when bands don’t speak before they even get on stage or they don’t want to practice together, they don’t want to work on the set or they don’t want to write music together anymore, or someone still holds a grudge about who spilled whose milk on whose shirt.”

Hale expressed her gratitude for her good relationship with the rest of Halestorm:

“It’s disheartening because… but it also makes me incredibly grateful for what we have. It’s work. It’s like I married three other dudes and one of them is my brother. The term ‘don’t sh*t where you eat’ does not apply to me, I guess, but it’s a magical thing. It takes work, and a lot of people don’t want to put that in.”

In a 2018 interview with Metal Talk, Halestorm drummer Arejay Hale discussed the band’s enduring lineup and familial bond:

“I think a big part of it is having that family dynamic. My sister [frontwoman Lzzy Hale] and I have, of course, been together our whole lives, playing music since we were kids. We kind of had tunnel vision, and luckily, we had lots of parental support; our parents actually toured with us in our earlier tours. That whole family theme rubs off not just on Joe [Hottinger, guitar] and Josh [Smith, bass], but our crew and everybody involved.”

He continued:

“Another cool thing is that we’ve had the same crew for a long, long time as well. We just acquired a new crew member this [latest European] tour, our good friend Joe Miller, who was previously with Black Stone Cherry. That’s a band we’ve known for a long time and they’re like family to us too, so it was an easy transition bringing him into the crew. We were talking about it the other day, and us and Black Stone Cherry are two of the only bands to keep the same lineup since the beginning. We wear that family badge with honor — everyone on our team does.”

Halestorm’s upcoming shows are set for July in the United States. They will also embark on a co-headlining tour with Evanescence in Canada, starting on October 15 in Vancouver and concluding on October 29 in London, Ontario.

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