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Halestorm and Pretty Reckless rock The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on July 23

Halestorm and Pretty Reckless rock The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on July 23
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From a press release:

Today, Grammy-winning hard rock band Halestorm announced a summer tour with The Pretty Reckless and special guests The Warning and Lilith Czar on select dates.

Produced by Live Nation, the 16-city tour kicks off on July 8 in Detroit at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, making stops across the U.S. in Boston, Charlotte, Phoenix, Syracuse, Holmdel, and more before wrapping up in Portsmouth at Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion on Aug. 12. It comes to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Saturday, July 23 at 6 p.m.

Founded by siblings Arejay and Elizabeth “Lzzy” Hale in their teens in Red Lion, Pennsylvania, Halestorm has grown into a chart-topping trailblazer in today’s rock music landscape. The band surpassed one billion streams worldwide and has sold out concerts around the globe, with the San Jose Mercury News declaring them “the best hard rock band in the world” after their November 2021 show, and the group was also inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame last year, making Lzzy Hale its first female inductee.

On May 6, the York County band will release their fifth full-length studio album, “Back from the Dead,” on Atlantic Records. The title track, called “a biting but cathartic howler” by Rolling Stone, marked their sixth No. 1 on rock radio, and the second single, “The Steeple,” is about to enter the Top 10.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. via A pre-sale begins Thursday, March 31 at 10 a.m. using the code SHOWTIME, and Hazleton active rock radio station 97.9X is giving away pairs of tickets now at

Halestorm has gone from a childhood dream into one of the most celebrated rock bands of the last two decades. Rolling Stone said “Vicious,” their last album, was a “muscular, adventurous, and especially relevant rock record.” It earned the band their second Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song “Uncomfortable” and led Loudwire to name them “Rock Artist of the Decade” in 2019.

Fronted by the incomparable Lzzy Hale with drummer Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bass player Josh Smith, Halestorm has earned a reputation as a powerful live music force, headlining sold-out shows, topping festival bills around the world, and sharing the stage with icons including Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, and Heaven & Hell.

The Pretty Reckless formed in New York City during 2008, and the musicians and late producer Kato Khandwala initially made waves with their 2010 debut “Light Me Up.” After countless gigs, the band returned with “Going to Hell” in 2014. Not only did the record crash the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200, but it also ignited three No. 1 hits – the platinum-certified “Heaven Knows” (hailed as “the biggest rock song of 2014”), “Fucked Up World,” and “Follow Me Down” – a feat that had not been accomplished by a female-fronted group since The Pretenders in 1984.

Meanwhile, their third offering, “Who You Selling For,” saw them return to No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart with “Take Me Down,” which cemented them as “the first band to send its first four singles to N. 1 on the chart,” according to Billboard. Praise followed from Vogue, Nylon, and more as the quartet lit up television shows such as “Letterman” and “Conan.” With over half-a-billion streams, they headlined countless sold-out shows and toured with Guns N’ Roses, Soundgarden, and many other heavy hitters.

Their fourth album, “Death by Rock and Roll,” was released in February of 2021 via Fearless Records and topped multiple sales charts, including Billboard’s Top Albums, Rock, Hard Music, and Digital charts. The record also yielded several No. 1 singles – “Death by Rock and Roll,” “And So It Went” (featuring Tom Morello), and “Only Love Can Save Me Now” (featuring Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil of Soundgarden) all topped the charts. The Pretty Reckless is also the first female-fronted band to have back-to-back No. 1 singles on the active rock format as well as the first female-fronted act to have seven No. 1 singles on the Billboard Rock Radio chart, a feat achieved with “Only Love Can Save Me Now.” The album was universally praised by People, V, “The Today Show,” The Daily Beast, Hypebae, Spin, Rolling Stone, Bustle, Women’s Wear Daily, Loudwire, and more.

The Warning infuses rock music with a much-needed shot of adrenaline. The Monterrey, Mexico trio of sisters – Daniela “Dany” (guitar, lead vocals), Paulina “Pau” (drums, vocals, piano), and Alejandra “Ale” Villarreal (bass, piano, backing vocals) – charge forward with head-spinning riffs, unpredictable rhythms, stadium-size beats, and skyscraping vocals. Through a series of independent releases, they garnered the respect of countless fans and musicians from across the globe before signing with Lava/Republic Records to release their latest EP, “Mayday,” in 2021. The single “Choke” surged them to the forefront of hard rock as they amassed over 1.5 million social media followers and 85 million YouTube views.

Last year, the band was also given the distinct honor to be featured on Metallica’s “Blacklist” album, covering “Enter Sandman” with multi-platinum pop superstar Alessia Cara. In January of 2022, Disturbed frontman David Draiman publicly praised them on his personal Twitter, stating that The Warning “gives him hope for the genre’s future” and further described the trio as “young powerful women playing real instruments and writing songs the entire rock genre can be proud of.”

The three-piece powerhouse has already played alongside rock music legends such as The Killers, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Tesla, Def Leppard, and Foo Fighters and will soon be heading out on their 2022 Mayday North American headlining tour, kicking off in San Diego on April 18, hitting New York’s Gramercy Theatre on May 6, and including two nights at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on May 23 and 24. Their new single “Money” was just released on March 25, a song that aims to spotlight the societal and humanitarian burdens directly caused by corruption, power, profit, and greed.

Lilith Czar arrives with the force of an otherworldly thunder, arising in visceral rebirth from an untimely grave of surrender and sacrifice. Her voice is the sound of supernatural determination, summoned with a confessional vulnerability and unapologetic authenticity. The girl who was Juliet Simms – her dreams discouraged and dismissed, her identity confined and controlled – is no more. In her place stands Lilith Czar, a new vessel forged in unbridled willpower and unashamed desire.

Her debut album, “Created from Filth and Dust,” is an evocative invitation into her bold new world. It is aggressive music with warm accessibility, huge hooks with driving hard rock. The new larger-than-life icon channels the fierce combativeness of Fiona Apple and Stevie Nicks’ seductive witchery. Lilith Czar arms herself with sonic power, theatricality, and confidence. It is a sound where the pulse of Nine Inch Nails, Halestorm’s songcraft, and the libertine spirit of David Bowie converge, all in service of a ritualistic ache for a more just and equitable world.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Halestorm playing at the 2016 Rock Carnival in New Jersey here and the 2016 Rock’N Derby in New York here.