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Halestorm is weaning itself from the "Wild Life"

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Halestorm can handle being on a tour called Carnival Of Madness.

But the hard rock troupe has learned over the past seven years how to balance its own madness with some professional sanity.

"We're not stupid. We're not trying to bring the 80s back, and nobody's gonna end up with a drug problem," frontwoman Lzzy Hale explains by phone from Nashville, where the Pennsylvania native and most of the band now reside. "It's more or less just allowing yourself to say 'yes' to certain things and 'no' to other things."

Hale, 32, promises that she and her bandmates -- including brother Arejay on drums -- have plenty of wild tales from the road and from the tour bus. "We've been very into this chaos and this wild life, and we've kind of been letting trouble find us," she acknowledges. But after the Grammy Award-winning triumph of Halestorm's 2012 sophomore album "The Strange Case Of..." and last year's follow-up "Into The Wild Life," the band's perspective had changed and, dare she say, matured.

"We've had kind of blinders on to a lot of things because we love working and we love the chase and we love just barreling through with everything," Hale explains. "I think we're at a pint in time now in our lives where we're actually able to jsut have fun and to enjoy ourselves.

"We're young adults, and I think we're allowing ourselves to be happy in a lot of different ways -- not just musically and not just partying, but personally as well. I think we're all in a really good place, and I think that's reflected on this record."

"Into The Wild Life" debuted at a career-high No. 5 on the Billboard 200 during April of 2015 and also topped the Rock Albums charts. It's spawned four Top 10 Mainstream Rock hits, including "Apocalyptic" and "Amen," while Hale also made a guest appearance on Trans Siberian Orchestra's 2015 album. And given the high expectations stoked by "The Strange Case Of...," Hale says she's primarily "relieved" that fans are still going "Wild" for the band.

"So far so good," Hale gushes. "It's nerve-wracking; You put together this album and you really like it and you kind of lock yourselves away for it, and all of a sudden the release date comes and, 'Oh, God...,' y'know? You hope everybody else likes it as much as you do.

"And they seem to, so we're stoked. Now we're just in the trenches playing it live as much as we can, which is what we like to do best."

The Carnival of Madness Tour with Shinedown, Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry and Whiskey Myers

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75.

Tickets are $25-$75 pavilion, $20 lawn.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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