By JIM GREEN
A trio of female-fronted rock and roll bands stopped in Raleigh on Thursday, April 7 at The Ritz.
Led by headliners Halestorm, along with support from Lita Ford and Dorothy, this was a bill that proved women are carving out their own important niches in music – and all of them can rock.
After a 30-minute set from Dorothy (fronted by Dorothy Martin), famed 80s rocker Lita Ford – known for her earlier career work with The Runaways and later as a solo artist – opened with “The Bitch is Back” and tore through some of her biggest hits in a 45-minute set, including “Kiss Me Deadly,” “Cherry Bomb” and “Close My Eyes Forever.”
Then it was time for Halestorm.
Lzzy Hale, Joe Hottinger, Arejay Hale and Josh Smith ripped through a number of their well-known songs (“I Get Off,” “Scream,” “Love Bites,” “Amen,” “Apocalyptic,” as well as many others) and Lzzy even threw in part of Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.”
Truth be told, Lzzy could sing the phone book and I’d listen, because she’s just that good. And seeing Lita for the first time in years made it a memorable night.