Chosen by Monk
As the rays of light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been the past 18 months of isolation and generally being shit upon from great heights grow brighter by the day, and life starts to return to some sense of normality, a healthy slew of new music, perhaps more than at any other time in ÜR’s history, continues to ping itself our way, and especially in the continuing tsunami of submissions we receive for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ award… Yes, as we’ve said on multiple occasions, one constant throughout the vagaries of inconsistent and often hard to stomach lockdowns is the amazing level of adaptive creativity that bands and video directors the length and breadth of the Überverse have continued to show, often in the most adverse of circumstances.
After viewing all of the entries – and, yes, we do watch every one of the 100-plus submissions we receive every week – at the end of the day (or night, depending on where you are in the Überverse), there could be only one winner… And this week it comes from one of the most iconic hard rock acts of the last decade, Halestorm, and their delivery of a message that we are all starting to feel after an unprecedented year-and-a-half of trauma and turmoil… Yes, we are slowly coming ‘Back From The Dead’.
“[It]is about survival, not in a physical sense, even though I know we all have been touched by death especially these last few years,” the band’s total powerhouse of a frontwoman, Lzzy Hale, told us.
“This song is personal and written from a mental health perspective. I wanted to give myself and the world a hard rock song we could shout out loud as the gates opened again. I was on the edge of this world getting completely lost in oblivion, but even though it was the harder of two choices, I didn’t just let the darkness and depression in my mind dig me an early grave. I didn’t just sit and let it take me. I’ve erased my name from my headstone, so save your prayers, I’m back! I hope this song, as I pass it on to you, reminds YOU of your strength individually and that you are not alone.”
Lzzy Hale hasn’t exactly been inactive during the various lockdowns which have plagued the past two years, seeming to pop up virtually (sic) everywhere on UR’s radar via duets with Amy Lee, Dee Snider, Mark Morton and many, many more, in between finding time to lay down a new Halestorm album, due sometime in 2022, when the band are also due to bring their ‘An Evening With…’ tour to the Uber Kingdom (and Ireland)
- Sunday 27 February – Manchester, Albert Hall
- Monday 28 February – Southampton, Guildhall
- Wednesday 2 March – Birmingham, O2 Academy
- Friday 4 March – Dublin, Olympia
- Saturday 5 March – Belfast, Ulster Hall
- Monday 7 March – Glasgow, Barrowlands
- Wednesday 9 March – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
- Thursday 10 March – Cardiff, Great Hall
- Saturday 12 March – Sheffield, O2 Academy
- Sunday 13 March – UK – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
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