Halestorm Rocks The Erie County Fair in Hamburg

It is that time of the year for each area to have its own local fair during the summer months. Masses of people come out to enjoy food, rides, entertainment, and live music. The Erie County Fair is hosting many musical acts this year. On Saturday, Aug. 13th, Halestorm played the Buffalo News Grandstand at the Erie County Fairgrounds racetrack. Halestorm is an American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania.

The show started promptly at 7:30 P.M. Many fans were seen stalking the merch booth prior to the show starting. There were general admission tickets in the grandstand bleachers or seated and numbered tickets on the floor. Most of the floor section was filled in. They were the only band on the bill, there was no opener.

Halestorm is currently touring in support of their new album Back from the Dead. Lzzy Hale (singer, guitar), took to the stage with her brother Arejay Hale (drums), Josh Smith (bass), and Joe Hottinger (guitar) to play a 17-song setlist. They played all of their popular songs including “Love Bites,” “I Miss The Misery,” and “Here’s to Us.” Halestorm’s stage presence is well crafted since they tour so much, playing upwards of 205 shows a year. The band was very engaged with the crowd.

At one point in the show, Hale noticed a little girl holding a large envelope that said: “keep this” with a sharpie attached. She had it brought up on stage and she read the contents of it out loud to everyone, “please sign my first guitar.” Security then handed her the fan’s guitar and she signed and returned it.

Setlist: “Back From the Dead,” “Love Bites,” “Wicked Ways,” “Psycho Crazy,” “Mz. Hyde,” “Bombshell,” “I Get Off,” “Break In,” “Raise Your Horns,” “Terrible Things,” “Strange Girl,” “I Miss the Misery,” “Freak Like Me,” “I Am the Fire,” “Here’s to Us,” and “The Steeple.”

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