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Femme metaler Lzzy Hale still a rare bird

Growing up in tiny Red Lion, Pa., singer-keyboardist Elizabeth Hale and her drumming kid brother Arejay drifted toward music as toddlers and issued their first EP, “Don’t Mess With the Time Man,” when they were barely into their teens. “I guess it was our parents that got us into this — they’re huge rock fans, my dad’s a bass player and there was always a piano in the house, so we definitely caught the bug early,” says Hale, who later condensed her first name to Lzzy, switched to guitar, and (with Arejay) formed the molten metal outfit Halestorm, which just released its sophomore set, “The Strange Case of …” The band hits Slim’s tomorrow night on a Jägermeister-sponsored tour.

If you were on “Wheel of Fortune,” would you buy a vowel?

Ha! Yes, I would because I obviously don’t have enough! That would be a very wise investment.

What did “Time Man” sound like?

I guess it was kind of psychedelic pop, like Vanilla Fudge, considering my main instruments at the time were piano, Fender Rhodes and keytar. But the “Time Man” concept was inspired by a dream I had about this guy who makes you feel guilty for all your past mistakes, but he lived in an elevator. And that proved one thing to me: you can write a song about pretty much anything.

There aren’t many female performers in heavy metal these days, right?

Oh, hell no. It’s a lot of hard work, to lead this lifestyle that’s unpredictable and a little dangerous at times. Guys are encouraged to do whatever because they’re guys, while girls are encouraged to grow up, marry their high school sweetheart and have 2.3 kids by a certain age. So to do this, it takes either completely denying your parents’ wishes or having your parents be as crazy as mine and letting you do it.

Any scary moments where you think ‘I’m a girl! Get me out of here!’

I’ve been very lucky. I’ve been surrounded by dudes my whole career, and they’re extremely protective of me. But if I didn’t have my head screwed on straight, there are a lot of scary things to get into out here. We’ve toured with many bands that are still trying to live out the ‘80s with drug and alcohol abuse.

You have campy anthems such as “Love Bites (So do I)” and “You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing.” The female flipside to AC/DC double entendres, right?

Yes. And I’m proud of that! So in a lot of ways, I was definitely meant to do this. And I’m not that great at anything else, so this better work out!

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