The lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Halestorm, Lzzy Hale spoke to ‘Gear Factor’ during a recent interview on Youtube. She talked about how the rock bands influenced her musical career when she was a child.

Lzzy Hale describes herself as abnormal because she started to listen to songs in sixth grade from the artists and the bands such as Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath.

Here’s what Lzzy Hale told to ‘Gear Factor’:

“Well, for one, I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock thanks to my dad, right? So I was a very abnormal kid. I was, like, listening to Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath and Dio when I was, like, in sixth grade.

This was, like, around ’96, so there was, like, TLC and Backstreet Boys and I was listening to Sabbath. So, the strange thing that happened with my interaction with Sabbath was… I was listening to Dio years first.”

She continued:

“So I loved Dio’s voice and so my dad, when I first got a guitar was, like, ‘Okay, let me just show you something just so you can get the ball rolling and make yourself feel like you’re cool,’ because my dad was not into, like, ‘Let’s teach you ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb,’ which I’m very thankful for.

So we started with [1980’s] ‘Heaven and Hell.’ So then my mom was, like, ‘Well, I’m glad you listen to all this guy stuff, but maybe you should listen to some girl shit too.’ So she went out and got me Joan Jett’s greatest hits, a live Heart CD, Pat Benatar, the whole nine yards.”

You can watch the full interview below.

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