Halestorm has made ReAniMate covers EPs a between-album tradition since the first one came out in 2011, releasing its versions of favorites by the Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Lady Gaga, Joan Jett, Metallica, Twenty One Pilots and more.
A fourth ReAniMate to follow this year’s Vicious album has not yet been announced, but there are contingencies in place, according to Lzzy Hale. “We’ve been talking about it — not necessarily too seriously, but we’ve been talking about it, ’cause it’s been brought up with fans and stuff,” Hale tells Billboard. “People are starting to (discuss it) because of our past timeline; This is around the time everyone’s gonna start thinking about it. Our fans are starting to give us requests, so we’re compiling a list.”
Hale adds that doing the ReAniMate EPs — the last of which came out during January of 2017, helmed by Vicious producer Nick Raskulinecz — have become more than just fun for the quartet. “You get to kind of step outside yourself for a second,” she explains. “You’re trying to do justice to some of your favorite songs and maybe reach a little bit outside of your comfort zone. It’s become a very valuable tool for really just laying the groundwork of what we’re gonna do on the next record. So I’m sure we will (do one), I’m just not sure when.”
Halestorm is staying busy in the meantime. Fresh off a run through Europe, the group is currently on a North American tour with In This Moment. Vicious has gone over well, debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Rock Albums chart, with a No. 1 Mainstream Rock hit in “Uncomfortable.” And Hale is particularly pleased by the quick and positive reaction to the new songs. “It’s been kind of amazing to see the fans completely own this record,” Hale notes. “I think it’s the first record where I didn’t have to explain anything to anybody; They kind of knew what the song meant to me was the same thing it meant to them, so we’re kind of all on the same page on this record, which is awesome.”
Halestorm’s current tour wraps up in mid-December, and the group is slated to hit Australia and New Zealand in March. It already has European and U.K. dates on the books for next summer and into November of 2019, and Hale confirms that Halestorm is “booked throughout the end of (2019) now. It’s tour, tour, tour and just keep on doing what we’ve always done.” Hale adds that the band also has “a couple new surprises coming up a little later that we can’t wait to announce.”