As we prepare to enter a new decade that will be abundant with new rock bands, Loudwire wanted to reflect on the last 10 years and praise those who've made a large impact within the rock community. That's why Halestorm have been chosen as Loudwire's Rock Artist of the Decade. Loudwire spoke with frontwoman Lzzy Hale regarding the band's accomplishments so far.
"If my 13-year-old self could see me now," Hale says, humbly accepting the title. "This is wild!"
Though Halestorm are one of many rock bands led by a woman today, this wasn't always the case. The singer looks back to the start of the decade, admitting that it was difficult to even get radio airplay because it would exceed the station's quota for women.
"Basically you'd find out they already have their 'token girl,'" she sighs. "'We're already playing Amy Lee or Evanescence,' or something of the like."
After years of rejection and being mistaken for her guitarist's girlfriend rather than the lead vocalist, Hale is happy to point out that things have changed in the rock world for women. She sees a much higher ratio of women to men in the audiences than there used to be, and there are a plethora of popular bands fronted by women, as well.
"I've seen such growth in all areas," she says cheerfully. "It's so beautiful because I can be onstage and I can look at any one of these girls, and I'm so proud to be able to point to them and literally tell them, 'Don't let anybody tell you what you can't be, because I'm standing up here onstage doing exactly what I've always wanted to do since I was 13. I'm living proof that you can.'"