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  • Tracy Heck

Evanescence and Halestorm bring fire to Little Caesars Arena

It was a night of female-driven rock on Saturday when Evanescence and Halestorm took the stage in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena for their co-headlining run.

Amy Lee (Evanescence) and Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) are longtime friends and have been regular music collaborators over the years.

The show also featured a opening performance from another female rocker, Lilith Czar.

Saturday evening in Detroit ended up being the final date of the tour after a COVID outbreak among the touring crew led to the postponement of the last five dates, which the bands plan to make up in January.

Evanescence was out touring behind their first new album in over a decade, The Bitter Truth, which came out in March and was made during the COVID pandemic and dealt with the challenges everyone was facing.

Meanwhile, Halestorm is gearing up for the release of a new album in 2022 and still riding high on the success from their last single, "Back from the Dead," which actually kicked off their set on Saturday.

Throughout the show, both Lee and Hale made it clear just how much they had missed being out on stage and how happy they were to be back doing what they love.

Halestorm stuck to a setlist of their biggest hits from "Apocalyptic" and "I Get Off" to "Freak Like Me" and "Love Bites (So Do I)."

Lee came out during the set to team up with Hale for a performance of "Break In," and later, Hale would return the favor during Evanescence's set as the pair paid tribute to the late Chester Bennington with their powerful take on Linkin Park's "Heavy."

Halestorm wrapped up their set with their most popular single, "I Miss the Misery."

Evanescence chose to take a different direction with their set, focusing primarily on their new music as they moved through a number of tracks off of The Bitter Truth, including opener "Broken Pieces Shine" and "Take Cover."

Still, there were some fan favorites scattered throughout the set including the epic "Going Under" and the poignant "Call Me When You're Sober."

Lee took to the keyboards and piano a number of times during the set as she softly chatted with the audience, reminding everyone to be grateful to still be here and to be together.

Evanescence closed things out with one of their dynamic new singles, "Use My Voice," a striking display of female empowerment and the band's classic hit, "Bring Me to Life," which had the whole building singing along.

Afterwards, the band returned to the stage to close things out with a encore of "My Immortal" and "Blind Belief."

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