Concert Review: Heart at The Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA
Heart is still cranking out rocking beats (ahem, excuse the pun) after over thirty years of live shows and thirteen albums. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson’s voices blend together like a choir of angels…angels who traded in their lyres for kickass guitars. If you aren’t already familiar with Heart and have been living under a rock for, say, three decades, you probably know a good chunk of their music already—“Alone,” “Barracuda,” “These Dreams,” “Dreamboat Annie,” and “Dog and Butterfly.”
I find it difficult to classify Heart into any specific genre because they’ve changed with the times to a certain degree, though still managing to keep their essence pure Heart. In the early to mid seventies we were treated to the great rock hits you know and love like “Magic Man” and “Crazy on You”—then, come the 80s…Heart gave us some of those kind of “chick pop ballads” you’d hear in an 80s movie with Chris Sarandon or Val Kilmer…”Never” and “What About Love?” I like them both equally, but you wouldn’t even realize they were the same band based on sound alone. Ann’s voice lended itself naturally to the 70s rock and Nancy’s soulful vocals sent women dreaming of fluffy coifed-men into ecstasy. I mean, when you have a greatest hits album spanning from 1985-1995 and it’s filled with eighteen songs and you have an additional greatest hit album from the 70s…you’re doing pretty damn well for yourself! If you want just an overall sense of Heart, it’s worth buying the The Essential Heart album, which splits the songs up onto two discs.
Ann Wilson has rock and roll running through her veins—her vocals just tear through your gut and pull you in. The woman even rocks out a flute…yes, that woodwind instrument you last saw during your high school marching band can fit in the hard rock scene, too, in the hands of the right musician.
Ann and Nancy were joined by a solid support group of guitarists and a chick on the keyboards with crazy punky pigtails. The variety of artists and styles led to a truly dynamic show that cranked energy out to the diverse crowd. Heart played tons of the classics that everyone sang along to at the top of their lungs and, if you were the dude next to me, hugely off-key. They mixed the 70s, 80s, and 90s offerings, to keep the energy going between the 80s and early 90s ballads and the 70s and early 80s rock. The set-list seemed meticulously planned solely for that purpose.
In addition to the songs we all know and love, Heart treated us to several songs from their upcoming album Red Velvet Car, including the hilariously titled “WTF”. The new songs deliciously combined their two styles of rock and pop and then mixed in some more modern rock sounds. It was impossible not to appreciate the growth of the group over the years and I’m really looking forward to the new album’s release, due out at the end of this month. The ladies of rock definitely still have it!
For all the latest on HEART and their new album, visit their official website here.