Piere’s Entertainment Center
Fort Wayne, Indiana
May 26, 2009
By Jen X
In mid-May rockers Burn Halo were performing in front of thousands at the Rock on the Range Music Festival, on May 27,2009 they found themselves in front of an audience of 1400 at sold-out Piere’s Entertainment Complex in Fort Wayne, IN opening for hard rock legends KORN.The delirious fans packed into Piere’s had to know they were in the presence of a band who have the capability to stride the world’s largest venues in their own right in the upcoming years.
Founder and frontman James Hart, former lead singer of Eighteen Visions, formed Burn Halo in 2007. Helping in the creative department he had an experienced crew of proven winners in the music arena: Zac Maloy, formerly of The Nixons worked extensively with Hart in the writing department, laying down the tracks were Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair, former Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, guitarist Neil Tiemann (who now tours with “American Idol” winner David Cook), and Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates (who appears on the “Dirty Little Girl” and “Anejo”). In 2008 Burn Halo’s first album was ready to hit press when Island Records elected not to release the venture. Enter Rawkhead Rekords, founded by Burn Halo’s manager, Bret Bair. Bair started his own label and Warner Music Group stepped in for distribution. From there on out they have had a hit single, “Dirty Little Girl”, and their song “Save Me” was featured in the video game WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2009.
Those hits as well as half of their current self-titled cd was performed in a tight set that was heavy yet catchy. I’d describe their music as very radio friendly modern hard rock. Fans squeezed in for front row access and to snag a glimpse of the group, which aside from Hart as lead man, includes Joey Cunha and Allen Wheeler in guitars, Aaron Boheler on bass, and Timmy Russell, drums.
Modern melodic hard rock has shown itself to be not only popular with the fans, but radio stations are eating it up. Following suit promoters are loving bands such as Burn Halo because they fill clubs and work their way up to filling stadiums. Burn Halo has what it takes to mark a long lasting mark on the music scene and with the committment of frontman Hart, should quickly rise to the top.