Lately, Arejay Hale is dusting off cobwebs.
After nearly two years of not performing on an all-out tour, it’s needed.
“We’re on day two of a long series of travel days,” Hale said in a recent interview. “We just played in Charlotte, North Carolina and are on our way to Dallas. This is the first really big and long tour since COVID.
Hale is a member of the rock band Halestorm. The band’s tour stops in Albuquerque at the Isleta Amphitheater at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 4.
Halestorm is co-headlining the tour with The Pretty Reckless with The Warning and Lilith Czar opening.
Halestorm is also touring in support of his May release, “Back From The Dead.”
The band released a video for the album’s third single, “Wicked Ways”. Additionally, vocalist Lzzy Hale, Gibson Guitars’ first brand ambassador, released her new signature guitar in late May.
Hale, who is the band’s drummer, has been using his time off to work on himself, physically and mentally.
“Isolation was the longest time I’ve been away since the band started in 2009,” he says. “When we’re on tour, it’s easy to make unhealthy decisions. I used the time at home to re-educate my body. I have problems with my right shoulder. I’m not getting any younger, so I made a conscious effort to make healthier decisions for myself.
Hale says every show on the tour so far has been amazing.
“We don’t take that for granted,” he says of his tour. “We haven’t been able to play for a long time and it’s amazing to do this for a living.”
Halestorm has been working on “Back From The Dead” for most of the pandemic.
The members spent time writing together on Zoom and separately while confined to their homes.
“We got really good at writing sessions on Zoom,” says Hale. “I was hitting everyone I knew for doing writing sessions. It was an opportunity for me to strengthen my songwriting muscle. I also took the time to focus on singing. It was to my advantage to focus on producing, songwriting and singing.
With five albums under their belt, Halestorm has plenty of songs to rip off to create a set list.
Hale says the challenge for the band is to make every performance count.
“We create a new set list every night so the audience can feel that each show is unique,” he says. “It remains fun and interesting for us. When we toured the UK it was ‘An Evening With Halestorm’ and we played for almost three hours. We were able to eliminate our deep cuts. We are ready for this tour to be different every night.
Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless
With warning, Lilith Czar
WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, August 4
WHERE: Isleta Amphitheater, 5601 University SE
HOW MANY: Tickets start at $35 plus fees at livenation.com