Halestorm‘s first two albums, 2009’s Halestorm and 2012’s The Strange Case Of . . . were both officially certified gold in March by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales of more than 500,000 copies. The band’s third effort, Into The Wild Life, debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 56,000 copies in its first week of release — more than double the first week haul of their second CD — but has not reached gold yet.

Halestorm has some of the most devoted fans in rock at the moment and singer Lzzy Hale told us how they mean to the group: [“I get wonderful, wonderful, heartfelt letters about what our music and what we stand for means to everybody and that’s something that, when I was 13, I never even thought anybody would ever say that to me. So just know how much we really appreciate them enabling us to do what we love every single day.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . every single day.)

  • Halestorm kicked off a major North American headline tour on April 1st in Reading, Pennsylvania, with support from Dorothy and the legendary Lita Ford. The tour stops on Tuesday (April 12th) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • The trek includes stops at a number of festivals and summer radio concerts as well as a pair of much-anticipated dates alongside Rob Zombie on May 18th at Bloomington, Illinois and May 19th at Saginaw, Michigan.

CHECK IT OUT: Here’s the video for the song that started it all for Halestorm back in 2009, “I Get Off”:

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Gary Fairclough wrote: “Brilliant band and well deserved!”

Brett Feurer wrote: “who is buying this crappy music?”

Jeremy Kube wrote: “Say what you want about this band but I like them. I also like (a lot) how this band has reached out to the bands that influenced them in the past and put their own twist on a cover album that is one of my favorite ‘all cover’ albums of all time.”

Robert Arway wrote: “New album is steaming pile of s**t. Replace with acoustic guitars and its Bro Country.”

Hugh Jasol wrote: “Congrats. Especially since things are getting harder.”