Heart in Concert
Friday, August 21, 2015
Special guest: Liv Warfield
Music=Love Together Tour
Songs performed: Kashmir, Heaven, What About Love, Dreamboat Annie, Dog & Butterfly, Kick it Out, Straight On, Even It Up, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, These Dreams, Alone, Stairway to Heaven, Crazy on You, Barracuda
Comments: Roll and Roll Hall of Famers — Heart — made their Hollywood Bowl debut this past weekend. The band led by the Wilson sisters, Ann (lead vocals)and Nancy(guitar and vocals), have been rocking on since the early 70’s. The Hollywood Bowl orchestra led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, supplied backing instrumentation throughout the evening for both Heart and the opening act, Liv Warfield.
I had last seen Heart 11 years ago at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. They were touring behind their album “Jupiter’s Darling” which is not very good. This year, there is no new album, just a summer tour. So, yes, this was a bit of an oldies show.
The show opened with “Kashmir,” by the band Led Zeppelin. It has one of the most famous guitar riffs in history, and sounded great with the orchestra’s string section. Ann’s soaring vocals fit the bombastic rock tune. Next up was the only song I didn’t know — “Heaven.”
I was happy to hear that they brought back “What About Love” — which they hadn’t sang in years. It was one of 3 songs from their 80’s comeback period (the other 2 being “These Dreams” and “Alone”). “What About Love” was given a more stripped down treatment than the album version. The crowd gave Ann a standing ovation for haunting “Alone.” I actually heard the song differently than before… I am thinking it is about a pregnant woman wanting to tell her husband that she is expecting.
Nancy took the lead vocals on “Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters” and “These Dreams.” She joked about how the song could be heard everywhere… grocery stores, doctor‘s offices, and more).
Continuing their love for Led Zeppelin, those chose to cover the iconic “Stairway to Heaven.” They perform these songs well, but I am not a Led Zeppelin fan at all. In my world, they would add a few more 80’s songs like “Never,” “All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You,” and “If Looks Could Kill.” I would love to ask them why it seems like they are embarrassed about their 80’s stuff.
The one-two punch of some of their biggest and most hard rockin’ songs (“Crazy on You” and ‘Barracuda”) closed out the night. I was disappointed that they didn’t do “Magic Man.” Even if they didn’t do more 80’s stuff, the could have chosen a few different songs maybe even “Tell It Like It Is,” “Will You Be There (in the Morning)” or “Almost Paradise.” It would have been interesting to hear Ann’s take on Evanescense’s “Bring Me to Life” or Lady GaGa’s “You and I” for example. I am sure she would kill it.
Soulful rocker Liv Warfield opened the show. We had first seen her last year at the Beatles 50th Celebration where she sang “Come Together.” She reminds me of a female Lenny Kravitz with a bit of Tina Turner thrown in. She was once a member of Prince’s New Power Generation. She is definitely a star in the making and kept the crowd entertained during her short set.
Thanks to all the performers for another fun evening at the Bowl.