Rock and metal were alive and well, and in abundance as Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless brought the Carnival of Madness tour to St. Louis. Taylor Momsen, front woman of the Pretty Reckless wasted no time letting her birth city know she was back in town as her and the band launched into “Follow Me Down”, the lead track from 2014’s Going to Hell. The Pretty Reckless would not loosen their metal grip on the Pageant audience until mid-set, as the tempos of “House On A Hill” slowed the evening down for a brief minute. As the evening progressed, the elusive Momsen, came out of the shadows of a dimly lit stage as bright strobes blasted through air during the last two songs of a nine-song set. The off and on model, sometimes actress, did an excellent job of warming the stage for the nights headliner, Halestorm.
Lzzy Hale’s list of accomplishments since forming Halestorm in 1997 at the age of 14 is pretty darn phenomenal, with having a signature model Gibson Explorer, being right up there at the top. I will tell you that you have to be pretty darn good if Gibson Guitar Company is going to make production model of your guitar. Miss Hale has been playing music in one form or another since the age of 5. This would be my second time seeing the band and first time as a headliner, Hale definitely seems more at home in the headliner role. Now as for reviewing this show it’s gonna be kinda tricky, as myself and fellow photographers had to leave the building immediately following Halestorm’s three song photography limits. So I’m going to leave you with a few quotes from the internet about this show. “Lzzy Hale can rock!, “Yes, Rock On”, “One helluva rock show!”. I think all of these quotes pretty much say the same thing, this show was bad ass and for the brief glimpses I saw, I have to agree! Thanks to Razor and Tie for the opportunity and The Pageant for their hospitality. Photos of the show are below:
The Pretty Reckless
Contributed by Duane Clawson
Halestorm / The Pretty Reckless @ the Pageant, St. Louis, MO Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 12:30:00 PM Rating: