Lzzy Hale: The rock show won’t die but it will be a little different

Halestorm (Image credit: Rob Fenn)

Lzzy Hale (opens in new tab) says that while people will be excited to experience live music again once touring resumes, things won’t be the same as they were before.

The live music scene across the world has been thrown into chaos, as shows, tours and festivals have been called off to try and halt the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking with Consequence Of Sound about how concerts might look when they return, the Halestorm (opens in new tab) vocalist and guitarist says: “In a positive light, everybody is going to want to go out and see live music. I think the approach to it may change. 

“Maybe the meet and greets have to change or more hand sanitiser, or maybe everybody has to be a little more cautious about what they’re doing and where they’re going and what they’re touching. 

“The weird part is I can predict all day, but the reality is, let’s say there was a vaccine tomorrow and nobody else is dying and we go back to normal. It’s not just about what’s allowed – it’s about what we’re used to."

Hale continues: "Depending now how long this goes, nobody is going to want to shake hands any more, and everybody will want to keep a distance from other people. 

“It will be a new world, it won’t go back to the way it was, but we’ll find ways to make it great. The rock show won’t die, but it will be a little different.”

In May this year, Hale warned that “most of the bands you know and love won’t make it out of this,” and asked to expand on her comments, she says: “It’s tough for all the bands that were depending on these summer tours. 

“If we had just started promoting a record and said, ‘Hey, we’re going to go out on a whole schedule of summer festival gigs and go overseas,’ you depend on that for your income and to promote the record. 

“There are so many bands that are in that position who will have to find different ways to promote their new record.”

Halestorm have been continuing to write material for their next studio album during the lockdown. The as-yet-untitled record will be the follow-up to 2018’s Vicious.

Scott Munro
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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.