Lzzy Hale talks sex and rock n' roll

Lzzy Hale says sex and rock n' roll have always been a match made in heaven and she choose to express herself sexually in any way she sees fit.

The Halestorm frontwoman also address sexism in the rock industry in an interview in the new issue of Metal Hammer where she recalls an incident on the band's first US national tour when a group of guys saw her tuning her guitar and assumed she was doing it for her boyfriend.

“I always took those situations as ammo,” she tells Metal Hammer. “It’s like, ’OK, if they think that, then I’m really going to bring it tonight.’

“That was actually part of the reason I started wearing heels, because I’d gotten quite good at manoeuvring in them onstage, and it was just one more thing that the guys couldn’t do.

“There’s going to be this misconception anyway, so I might as well dress the part, and then completely knock their socks off by being able to do all this other stuff, too.”

Continuing on the theme she expands: “Sex and rock’n’roll have gone hand-in-hand since the beginning of time, so I’ve never tried to downplay it. I’ve always just tried to stay true to myself. I’m not trying to shorten my skirt for attention, but at the same time, as a girl, I’m allowed to express myself sexually in whatever way I see fit.”

Halestorm joined forces with rock legend Lita Ford for a tour last year which Lzzy says underlined her belief she made the right career choice as she paid tribute to one of her heroes.

“We decided we should do a tour and make it into this celebration of strong women,” she said.

“It was amazing touring with Lita. The Runaways were our foremothers of rock’n’roll, and they had to forge a path in the wilderness.

“I have to deal with meagre sexism every now and then, or choose to ignore it, but those girls had it all the time.

"I remember talking to Pat Benatar about having to choose when you walked into a radio station, ’Do I sit on this guy’s lap to get my record played, or stand my ground and then it doesn’t get played?’ And regardless of that, none of these girls ever gave up. That’s extremely inspiring.”

 

eric@newrocktimes.com