Yesterday, we reported that hard-rockers Halestorm had lost a tour bus to an unexpected fire, though fortunately none of the band or their crew were harmed. Now, vocalist Lzzy Hale has opened up about the band’s experience, and while she’s obviously shaken by the whole thing, she’s also just happy that no one got hurt.
“It happened at 3:00am.” Lzzy told Lou Brutus at HardDrive Radio, as transcribed by Blabbermouth. “Nobody was in the bus…It was a very emotional day yesterday. All day I’m either crying or I was just laughing hysterically at it all and sometimes a combination of the two. Just because it could have gone so left in many ways. It’s kind of like we dodged a bullet.
“But, man, playing the show last night [in Worcester, Massachusetts] after all of that happened was amazing. I don’t think I’ve transcended like that on stage in a long time,” she continued. “I think just the idea that maybe one of us would have gotten hurt, maybe somebody would have died, and the fact that we’re all in one piece and together, we literally played that show like it was our last show. And [we’re] just very grateful to have each other and very grateful for music, and just with everybody around us and the audience and all of that. So there’s a silver lining to it all.”
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When asked what caused the blaze, Lzzy says, “The investigator said it was something electrical — like in the walls or something. It basically started where mine and Josh’s [Smith, bass] bunk would have been, which is kind of like mid-bunk hall. And it was just crazy ’cause the whole day I kept telling Arejay [Hale, Lzzy’s brother and the band’s drummer], ’cause Arejay and I kind of notorious bunk sleepers, even when we have days off — something with hotel rooms, I have trouble sleeping. And for some reason, that day Arejay was, like, ‘I’m just gonna do something in the room ’cause I wanna work out.’ And I’m, like, ‘You know what? I’m just gonna have a bed to myself’ or whatever.
“And it’s just nuts because our amazing security guy ended up literally busting in with a fire extinguisher from the hotel but could not get back to the bunk hall. It was just… According to everybody at the fire department, it was 15-foot flames. So everything was charred. I’ve lost a lot of things, which is why I’m actually talking to you on my phone instead of my iPad right now. But we’re just lucky it’s only stuff. It’s just stuff, and we’re all together, which is great.”
Everyone at The Pit sends their heart out to Halestorm. We’re so glad you’re all okay.
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Words by Chris Krovatin