Halestorm’s tour in support of their new album, Into the Wild Life, makes a stop in Oklahoma this weekend for the Rocklahoma music festival. The lineups for festivals like Rocklahoma challenge the notion that “rock is dead,” and Halestorm guitarist Joe Hottinger points to the growth of rock festivals as evidence that the genre is actually alive and well.
“Rock is not dead,” Hottinger tells ABC Radio. “It may not be in the mainstream consciousness right up front with a lot of other things, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. There’s more festivals now than there were five, six years ago.”
Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale agrees, adding that modern rock music has become much more about a band’s live show.
“I think it’s shifted to more of a live experience and an event and a lifestyle,” Hale tells ABC Radio.
“Rock isn’t always the most popular genre, it does go up and down,” she continues. “But it never goes away, you know what I mean? It’s just always going to be there.”
Halestorm’s optimistic view of today’s rock meant they had no qualms about creating exactly the album they wanted to make while recording Into the Wild Life.
“It’s a 13-song record, it’s a 15-song record if you get the deluxe CD,” Hale says. “And with all of the intros and outros — especially considering the state of rock n’ roll right now and how every one’s freaking out about it, and whether we shouldn’t even do CDs anymore, it should just be MP3s, or maybe it should just be singles– we just wanted to make an album, and we wanted to make something that made us feel good.”
Rocklahoma, which will feature, among others, sets by Godsmack, Slayer, Papa Roach, Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin, will be held May 22-24 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Halestorm will play on May 23.
Story courtesy of ABC News.