Halestorm © Melanie Smith

Halestorm © Melanie Smith Halestorm |Avatar | Rews
O2 Apollo, Manchester
September 26th 2018

Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith heads out to O2 Apollo, Manchester to photograph American rock band Halestorm, as they pass through the UK. The show features two phenomenal support bands, in the form of metal rock band Avatar and hard-hitting rock duo Rews.

On tour to celebrate their fourth studio album ‘Vicious’. The magnificent Pennsylvanian rock band Halestorm descended onto the stage with a raucous full-on attitude. Fronted by the awesome iconic Lzzy Hale, with her powerful high pitched, soaring vocals and who appears to have morphed into a modern-day Joan Jett. A totally sold out, packed and sweaty Apollo saw the band totally own the stage. Lzzy stalking the stage in super high glittery platform boots, every inch a rocker, accompanied by her brother Arejay Hale, perched high at the back of the stage, attacking the drums ferociously, not forgetting the formidable guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith who complete the band.

Halestorm 1 © Melanie Smith Halestorm 4 © Melanie Smith Halestorm 5 © Melanie Smith Halestorm 13 © Melanie Smith Halestorm 3 © Melanie Smith Halestorm 2 © Melanie Smith As if having Halestorm wasn’t enough we were treated to the colourful, theatrical metallers Avatar, with frontman Johannes Eckerström whipping up a storm as he commanded centre stage, plus the mighty alt-rockers duo Rews (Shauna Tohill and Collette Williams) It was definitely an added bonus and worthy additions to the show, a more frantic, energetic set of supports would be hard to beat.

Avatar 3 © Melanie Smith

A great night of rock n’ roll music, you can’t beat it, horns up to Halestorm, Avatar and Rews.


Mz. Hyde
Love Bites (So Do I)
I Am the Fire
Do Not Disturb
The Silence
Black Vultures
Drum Solo
Freak Like Me
Killing Ourselves to Live

I Miss the Misery
Here’s To Us

Please note: Use of these images in any form without permission is illegal. If you wish to contact the photographer please email: mel@mudkissphotography.co.uk

Halestorm’s Website is here: halestormrocks.com. They’re also on Facebook and they tweet as @Halestorm.

Avatar’s website is here and Rews can be found here.

Words and photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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Editor: live reviews / books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, early punk movement, drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Official photographer for Louder Than Words - annual music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me mel@mudkissphotography.co.uk


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