Photos by Dominick Bianco
Halestorm, In This Moment and New Years Day brought their ongoing tour to New York City on November 24th at Hammerstein Ballroom, where thousands gathered to witness, as Halestorm describes, “the female-fronted badassery.”
Halestorm‘s performance featured a handful of hits from their second to last album, Into the Wild Life, like setlist starter “I Am the Fire,” plus “Amen,” “Dear Daughter,” and set closer “She Won’t Mind.” The gang also played fresh songs from their newest LP, Vicious, exploding into “Black Vultures,” and eventually doling out “Do Not Disturb,” “Uncomfortable,” “Vicious,” “Killing Ourselves to Live,” and the Lzzy Hale + Joe Hottinger acoustic duet, “The Silence.” Along with a few songs off The Strange Case Of… like “Love Bites (So Do I)” and “Freak Like Me,” the band’s set also saw frontwoman Lzzy performing Dolly Parton‘s song “I Will Always Love You” on a white grand piano, as well as a gnarly drum solo from Arejay Hale.
In This Moment commanded Hammerstein with their huge stage presence, kicking off with an eye-catching Kabuki drop, and featuring massive CO2 blasts throughout the performance. Singer Maria Brink and company deliver a dramatic rock concert experience whenever they hit a stage, and Saturday night’s ritual was no different as fans were captivated by powerful tracks “Blood,” “River of Fire,” “Adrenalize,” “Roots,” “Big Bad Wolf,” “Oh Lord,” and “Whore” from their most recent full-lengths. Additional highlights include an instrumental jam session featuring music from Metallic and others, a compelling rendition of Phil Collins‘ hit “In the Air Tonight,” and a performance of “Black Wedding’ featuring New Years Day singer Ashley Costello.
Speaking of NYD, the Anaheim goth-rock unit had the crowd moving early in the evening with songs from their latest LP, Malevolence, including “Kill Or Be Killed,” “Scream,” and “Defame Me.” The group also played “Epidemic” off their 2014 EP of the same name, a cover of “Fucking Hostile” by Pantera, and a brand new song titled “Skeletons” from their upcoming, still untitled, studio album (due sometime in the spring).
Check out our gallery from the show below. The tour ends in St. Petersburg, FL on December 16 (all dates here).
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