Gibson Lzzy Hale Explorer

Halestorm singer and guitarist Lzzy Hale is taking a temporary break from the road (Halestorm are back on tour soon though, see below). Back home in Nashville, she popped by the Gibson offices to chat about, among other things, her recently released Limited Edition Lzzy Hale Explorer. It’s white and gold and about as cool as an Explorer you’ll ever see.

The Explorer is now very much associated with Lzzy Hale. Was that a conscious decision by you?

Before Gibson approached me, I had been playing Gibsons a long time. I have a lot of Gibson guitars. I have more than I deserve, probably. I originally chose the Explorer because it stood out. The reason I started playing guitar to start with was to stand out from the other acts where I was from. My signature guitar is a great instrument, but a Gibson guitar is more than that. It’s about the style and the imagery and the lifestyle. It’s a statement, part of my identity. And that’s all part of being in a rock and roll band.

You just did a Twitter interview with Gibson’s Twitter page. Is keeping in touch with your fan base is important to you?

Absolutely. It’s about communication. We listen, we get feedback, and it’s an ongoing interaction. Social media makes that possible in a very direct and straightforward way.

Gibson Lzzy Hale Explorer

Is there a typical Halestorm fan?

Our fan base is very much a mish-mosh. We have all types. We have the poster-child-of-masculinity-biker-dude who rocks out and also along to the ballads; we have parents who bring their kids. And in the past four years, we’ve been seeing a lot of kids, average age 11-19 years old at our shows. It’s cool. It’s very encouraging.

Now that you’ve been involved in the music business for a while, do you find that you make more business decisions or music decisions?

Music. We are making our third record and our job is to be stoked about it as a band. We have to love what we are doing before we think about what anyone else expects or wants. But I believe if you do something you really believe, in it will work. Once you start second guessing what radio wants, what the record company wants, what fans need to hear, it probably won’t work.

You sound truly excited about your life in rock and roll.

It’s still just as exciting as it was when we were starting out. I’ve been in this band since I was 13. The four of us have been together for almost 13 years. It’s been crazy but we still have that same feeling we had when we were teenagers. A lot of our crew has been with us for six years. It’s a family and has kept us together. We have no backup plan. We are lifers in this. This is it.

What are your future plans?

I have tunnel vision for a long time. The goal has always been to continue. I don’t plan ahead. Maybe I’ll get married, maybe I’ll have kids. But I’m not planning on it. When we first started, we never had a grand plan to be the biggest band in the world or anything like that. We just took it step by step. We started local and built slowly. The band and I call it ’rock forward.’

Gibson Lzzy Hale Explorer

Catch Lzzy, Halestorm, and that gold and white Explorer at these upcoming dates.

11/11 -- Chattanooga, TN, Track 29
11/12 -- Knoxville, TN, The International
11/14 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
11/15 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
11/16 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues Orlando
11/18 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
11/20 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
11/21 -- Peoria, IL, Civic Center
11/22 -- Evansville, IL, Ford Center
11/24 -- Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom
11/25 -- Westbury, NY, The Space at Westbury
11/28 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/29 -- Worcester, MA, The Palladium
12/1 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
12/4 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
12/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
12/6 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
12/8 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
12/9 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Varsity Theatre
12/11 -- Duluth, GA, Arena at Gwinnett Center
12/12 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
12/13 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena