HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale says that she doesn't mind being asked questions about being a female in a rock band. "I've been talking about this a little bit lately, about the importance of bringing that up," she told Concert Addicts in a recent interview (see video below). "'Cause there's a lot of my female counterparts that are very upset about being asked that question. And I never get upset about it.
"I think that there is one specific moment in my life where you have to kind of embrace the fact that you're a girl," she continued.
"I grew up with my dad's music, so my introduction to rock was ALICE COOPER and CINDERELLA and DIO and BLACK SABBATH, so I was listening to a lot of dude bands — GUNS N' ROSES and METALLICA, all that stuff. And then I remember when I heard Ann Wilson [of HEART] sing for the first time. My mom got me this live CD, 'The Road Home'. So I hadn't actually really heard a lot of their recorded stuff; I heard this live CD. And it blew my mind, because there was a small adjustment in my brain. It wasn't, like, 'Okay, I wanna be a rock star,' 'cause I wanted to be a rock star. But then also, like, 'Oh, a girl can sing that way.' And also I was, like, 'It's not so unreachable.'
"So I think that it's important to bring that up," she added. "Because some girls are, like, 'Oh, it's great, and I love rock music. But who's doing something that I wanna do? Who sounds like something that I wanna sound like? And who is in my gender?'"
HALESTORM's month-long North American tour kicked off April 12 at Ladson, South Carolina's 98 Rockfest and runs through Columbus, Ohio's Sonic Temple, with dates across the continent, including a stop at Mexico City's Domination festival in early May.
HALESTORM's latest album, "Vicious", was released last July via Atlantic. The disc was recorded at Nashville, Tennessee's Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz.