Lzzy Hale admits that it was a moment of jealousy while watching a band at a Christian rock festival when she was 11-years-old which inspired her to pursue a career in music.
But the Halestorm frontwoman adds that it drove her to form the band the following year in 1998 – and they’ve been touring ever since.
She tells iRockRadio: “I’ve been in the same band since I was 13, so I’ve been gigging for a long time. My parents used to take me to local festivals and it would just be a mish-mash of things.
“I was 11 and at some Christian Rock festival that came through and I went with a bunch of friends. Before the band started, I remember being really jealous, just that jealousy where you think, ‘I wanna do that.’
“Low-and-behold, the next year I was like, ‘Ok, we’re doing it.’”
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Hale says she felt a similar pang of envy at her first ever rock concert a few years later, watching Tool on their Lateralus tour.
She adds: “The seats I got were horrible because I was a kid, trying to save up for tickets. I went with a guy I know and he fell asleep – needless to say we didn’t see each other anymore.
“And again, you feel that tug and you’re like, ‘I wanna be up there onstage, not here.’ But be careful what you wish for – because we were on the road 257 days last year.”
Halestorm will perform at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards Show next month before their appearance at Download. They’ll then tour the US on the Carnival Of Madness tour alongside Shinedown and Black Stone Cherry.
Halestorm tour dates 2016
Jun 03-04: Wershofen Rock Am Ring, Germany
Jun 05: Vienna Hard Rock Cafe, Austria
Jun 09: Solvesborg Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
Jun 11: Paris Hippodrome De Longchamp, France
Jun 12: Derby Download Festival, UK
Jun 13: London Metal Hammer Golden God Awards, UK
Jun 14: Amsterdam Melkweg, Netherlands
Jun 15: Nijmegen Doornroosje, Netherlands
Jun 17: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jun 18: Hinwil Rock The Ring, Switzerland
Jun 19: Dessel Graspop, Belgium
Jul 15: Waterloo McElroy Auditorium, IA
Jul 16: Oshkosh Rock USA, WI
Jul 20: Southhaven Landers Center, MS
Jul 22: Kansas City Starlight Theatre, MO
Jul 23: St. Louis Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, MO
Jul 24: Fort Wayne Parkview Field, IN
Jul 26: Rogers Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, AR
Jul 27: Tulsa BOK Center, OK
Jul 29: New Orleans UNO Lakefront Arena, LA
Jul 31: Austin Cedar Park Center, TX
Aug 02: Bossier City CenturyLink Center, LA
Aug 03: Orange Beach Carnival Of Madness, AL
Aug 04: Nashville Ascend Amphitheatre, TN
Aug 05: Wisconsin State Fair, WI
Aug 07: Brooklyn The Amphitheater at Coney Island, NY
Aug 10: Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion, MD
Aug 12: Gilford Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, NH
Aug 13: Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena, CT
Aug 14: Erie Erie Insurance Arena, PA
Aug 16: Chicago First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, IL
Aug 18: Detroit DTE Energy Music Theater, MI