Wow! I was super impressed! I went there not really expecting much of the first band who released their first album 11 days before, but they blew me away. They all seemed like professional musicians, and the lead singer (a girl!!) was professionally trained and had an amazing voice.
Yes...They were amazing this time, too! No...They could only play for 30 minutes! Wtf Bullet? How could you do that to the amazing band?! When they performed the song "Bones," the audience went absolutely crazy and yelled "I feel it in my bones!" at the top of their lungs. It was a very fun show!
Well...Being a newfound lover of Halestorm, I was thrilled by their performance. They started with their drummer (Arjay Hale) walking on in an odd skeleton party suit and banging a tambourine. Then, the rest of the band came on and started with "Freak Like Me." In the middle of the concert, we were treated to an amazing drum solo, parts of which were executed without sticks, and also with giant sticks the size of baseball bats. It was quite entertaining. Lzzy Hale, the lead singer, also sang "Break In" with just her voice and her playing the piano until the very end when the band softly melded into the sound and slowly crescendo-ed into the next song. Halestorm closed with (my personal favourite) "I Miss the Misery." It was an amazing performance.
At the end of Halestorm, I thought How will Bullet be able to match up to the fabulous opening bands? Turns out that they couldn't. Now don't get me wrong, it was nothing like Hellyeah, it was just an inferior performance compared to the opening acts. Their music all sounded the same and their musicianship was mediocre. They had very uninteresting guitar solos that for some reason got everyone very excited. There was a VERY INTENSE mosh pit. It got so violent that the bouncers had to come and drag people out. One drunk guy was getting chased by a bouncer and he tripped and fell, and grabbed my shirt to try at steadying himself, but instead made me fall as well and screwed up my back and bruised my ribs. That was painful. I wasn't even in the mosh pit and I got hurt (and it's a good thing I don't go in, tempting as it may be. People who are 5 feet tall tend to be mercilessly trampled.)!!! As disappointing as Bullet was, it was still a performance that a majority of the audience enjoyed.
Thank you all for a great performance on Friday!
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.