In Focus: Evanescence and Halestorm Tour Concludes at Prudential Center

On January 21st, 2022, Halestorm and Evanescence finished their rocking tour at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The energy of the crowd was just as strong as the leading ladies that graced the stage for both bands, to say the least.

Evanescence brings the house down at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ. Photo by Samantha Rychlicki

Halestorm started their set off with their newest single “Back From The Dead”. The whole show took off from there. With breathtaking vocals and her ability to shred on the guitar, Lzzy Hale is a force to be reckoned with.

Because of Hale’s abilities, you’d imagine it would be hard to match her aura. However, with a blend between the astonishing guitar skills and presence of Joe Hottinger, the unbelievable mix between ease and heavy hitting rock by Josh Smith on both bass and keys and the incomparable talent and charisma of Lzzy’s younger brother Arejay Hale on the drums, they come pretty close. The four performers blend together to create the perfect Storm.

Their set included a surprise appearance by Evanescence’s Amy Lee as she and Lzzy sang Halestorm’s “Break In” while Hale played piano. A hauntingly beautiful duet between the two powerhouses. After that, they went right back at it creating an atmosphere in which 11 songs did not feel like enough.

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The powerhouse, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, shreds her way through the fans in Newark NJ. Photo by Samantha Rychlicki.

Then, it was time to bask in the excellence that is Evanescence.

This was not the bands first rodeo by far. However, it had the same thrill as if the band was playing their first show. Amy’s powerful vocals are intoxicating. bandmembers Tim McCord, Will Hunt, Troy McLawhorn and Jen Majura create a feeling where you know they are just as close off the stage as they are on. Their talent and energy is strong enough to showcase their own talents while at the same time adding to Amy. During the show, the audience was graced with another beautiful duet as Lzzy came back to perform a cover of Linkin Park’s Heavy with Lee.

The crowd at the Prudential Center were witnesses to some of the best rock and roll around. Nobody else will be able to recreate the power of this show. That is unless, the two bands decide to tour together again. If they do, run to get those tickets and be prepared to watch history be made again.

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Lzzy Hale, Arejay Hale and Josh Smith of Halestorm in Newark New Jersey. Photo by Samantha Rychlicki

Halestorm Setlist: Back From the Dead, Love Bites (So Do I), Apocalyptic, I Get Off, I Am the Fire, Break In (with Amy Lee), Amen, Drum Solo, Freak Like Me, Uncomfortable, I Miss the Misery

Evanescence Setlist: Broken Pieces Shine, Made of Stone, Take Cover, Going Under, Lose Control, The Change, Lithium, Wasted on You, Part of Me, End of the Dream, Far from Heaven, Better Without You, Call Me When You’re Sober, Imaginary, Heavy (Linkin Park Cover with Lzzy Hale), Use My Voice, Bring Me To Life
Encore: My Immortal, Blind Belief

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