Halestorm w/Lita Ford & Dorothy
Silvery Legacy Casino Resort
October 14, 2016
Photos & Review Courtesy of Frankie James
Halestorm, with well known seasoned, special guest Lita Ford and opener Dorothy, takes the stage at the Silver Legacy Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada for what I believe was a sold-out show. The Silver Legacy is one of the casino anchors for Reno and hosts some of the top recording acts to grace the city. Although there’s heavy competition, it’s a great place to see a show and the staff are great.
The stage started rocking with L.A. rockers, Dorothy. Rolling Stone magazine says “a band you need to know”, and earmarked as #14 of the 50 Best New Artists for 2014 … I was pumped to watch this band. Fronted by who I describe as deliciously charismatic, Dorothy Martin, along with guitarist Mark Jackson, bassist Gregg Cash, and drummer Zac Morris, they perform songs and conquer the audience attention to the point of being excited. They provided a highly energetic great sounding set with songs from their self-titled EP that got the Reno crowd fired up. You want to check them out.
Up next on stage next would be the legendary Lita Ford. With a massive career spanning over 40 years, Lita is one of the ultimate female rockers. Outside of the Runaways, Lita has worked with some of the greatest names in rock, including Gene Simmons, Billy Sheehan, and of course Ozzy Osbourne. With Patrick Kennison on guitar, Bobby Rock on Drums and Marty O’Brien on bass, we would get that familiar taste of Ford’s coveted arsenal with a nine-song setlist that included “Cherry Bomb”, “Close My Eyes Forever”, and “Kiss Me Deadly”. Considered one of the hottest female guitarist, Ford amped up the crowd even further as everyone anticipated headliners Halestorm.
Now … Coming up next is why we’re all here in the first place!!! Halestorm … The rock band was formed when Arejay, (drummer) and older sister Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hale (vocals), began writing and performing as teens. Dad (at that time) helped fill in with bass and the rest is history. With Joe Hottinger on lead guitar and Josh Smith on bass, Lizzy would add rhythm guitar at this point as well. With just three albums to their catalog and the only female-fronted band with a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Halestorm has generated a following many bands dream of.
Halestorm started off slow with Lzzy on piano serenading the crowd to “Apocalyptic” and “Mz. Hyde” … certainly, different from starting off kick-ass and thumping their way into your brain. However, I knew things were just getting started and soon we’d get that adrenaline rush. With a 15 song setlist, including an incredible drum solo by one of the best, most entertaining drummers in rock, I was excepting more. But Halestrom just has what it takes to bring the roof down for good old fashioned, hard energy show that completely delivers to your wildest expectations. The choreography is brilliant playing off each other’s antics. It’s pretty much one killer rock show and one of the less expensive shows on the circuit. I highly recommend seeing Halestorm, even if you are not familiar with them, and although it was without doubt Halestorm’s show, the big surprise for me was Dorothy and her bluesy, raw chops and gungy band. Don’t miss this show as they are still on tour …
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