Live Review: Heart Breaks Out the ‘Led’ Alongside Bonham

Published on June 27th, 2013

_MG_1086Heart performs live on June 25, 2013 in Bristow, Virginia at Jiffy Lube Live

BRISTOW, V.A. – Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have been together through good times and bad over their nearly 40 years as Heart. It boggles the mind to think of the hours spent riding with each other in the tour bus, recording songs in a studio, or putting on a show on stage.

But what’s even more impressive is how the two musicians, with the help of a stellar band behind them, can pull of a concert that’s just as musically genuine and exciting as ever.

Add Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a barnburner.

After Bonham and company delivered a rousing tribute to his father’s band, Heart didn’t waste time getting down to business with “Barracuda” right off the bat. What followed was a grand mix of ’70s triumphs, ’80s knockouts, inventive new material, and Led Zeppelin tunes.

The kind of energy Ann and Nancy have indicates they’re simply made to be on stage.

The crowd had plenty of energy too, and it picked up as the songs rolled by. The outdoor venue was standing with hands in the air for much of the set, happy to be jamming out with their rock heroes.

It’s easy to tell Nancy Wilson still gets a buzz from her acoustic jam which starts “Crazy on You”. She put on her rocker face, swung her hands across the guitar, and did a jump-kick as the lights flashed and the song went into full gear.

Talent and ability come and go for some, but Ann’s voice stands crisp and powerful to the point of disbelief.

Leaving the crowd with a memorable exit is something Heart has perfected. And their weapon of choice this time around was the much-anticpated “in your dreams” Led Zeppelin encore.

It hardly feels like a “cover” song when Ann & Nancy are at the helm. Instead, the sisters managed to bring new life into the old Zeppelin tunes with some help from Bonham.

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