Matt Bishop, correspondent for PopCultureMadness.com, conducted an interview with HALESTORM guitarist Joe Hottinger backstage at Carolina Rebellion this past Saturday (May 5) at Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. You can now watch the chat below.

HALESTORM made history with its electrifying new single, “Love Bites (So Do I)”. The track — featured on the Pennsylvania-based band’s breakthrough new album, “The Strange Case Of…” — has ascended to No. 1 at Active Rock radio outlets nationwide, marking the first ever female-fronted group to top the format’s airplay ranking.

HALESTORM will celebrate its sensational success with an epic summer touring schedule, comprising a U.S. headline trek, high profile festival appearances, a series of much-anticipated European dates, and a number of support slots alongside AVENGED SEVENFOLD. In the meantime, the band is currently wrapping up a major U.S. tour alongside GODSMACK and fellow Atlantic recording group STAIND. The “Mass Chaos 2012” tour continues through a May 16 finale at Manchester, New Hampshire’s Verizon Wireless Arena.

“The Strange Case Of…” is shaping up as HALESTORM‘s biggest release thus far. The album made a stunning No. 1 debut on Billboard‘s “Hard Rock Albums” chart, while also making a Top 15 entry onto The Billboard 200. In addition, “The Strange Case Of…” has proven a top 10 success on both the “Rock Albums” and “Alternative Albums” rankings.

Produced by Howard Benson (who previously collaborated with HALESTORM on their self-titled 2009 debut), “The Strange Case Of…” includes such explosive tracks as “Here’s To Us”, which shot to No. 1 on iTunes‘ “Top Rock Songs” chart after being featured in a February 2012 episode of Fox‘s hit series “Glee”. In addition, the album’s “Freak Like Me” is featured in a new live video heralding HALESTORM‘s upcoming tour schedule. The clip will made available exclusively to members of the band’s official “Eye Of The Storm” fan community before being showcased across the myriad HALESTORM online platforms.



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