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Heart: Rockin’ On for 40+ Years

Heart in Concert
Friday, August 21, 2015
Hollywood Bowl

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.

From right, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Friday night.  ///ADDITIONAL INFO: heart_review.0822.dak 08/21/15 - Photo by DREW A. KELLEY, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

From right, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Friday night.
///ADDITIONAL INFO: heart_review.0822.dak 08/21/15 – Photo by DREW A. KELLEY, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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.


Top 5 Reasons My Kilt Rocks

Recently there was a blog post blasting Utilikilts by someone calling themselves Geekenstein. This is my answer back to what he posted. This guy definitely has too much time on his hands. It has always been my philosophy that I don’t judge another person’s happiness. Different people like different things, plain and simple. It doesn’t make them evil or stupid — it’s just them expressing themselves. And I don’t have to get it. As long as they are happy, then I am all for self expression.

5. You Are Now “That Weird Guy”
I take that as a compliment quite frankly. I wear my Utilikilt everywhere: the grocery store, the movies, church, parties, the mall, amusement parks, hiking, nights on the town, house parties, concerts, and nightclubs. It does not make me “socially ackward.” In fact, it is such that it is a great conversation starter. I have had more conversations and compliments from strangers than I can keep track of.

You say you get the idea of not wearing pants. Have you ever tried a kilt? Utilikilts are comfortable as hell. I like my naked time at home too, but I can’t be naked in public. But I can wear a kilt in public.

4. First Impressions Really Are Everything
I agree with a lot of what is said here. As much as I love my kilts, I would never wear one to an interview. I would have to know for certaint that the person I was meeting with would be wearing one too (like if I met Marc Andrews of Disney-Pixar on Kilted Fridays). That is the only way I could ever see wearing one to an interview. They are for me on MY time.

Kilts can fit many occasions — you can dress them up, you can dress them down. Put on a dress shirt and tie, and you are ready for a dressy night on the town. Put on a T-shirt and some hiking boots and you are ready to hit the trails. Who says we should all dress a certain way? Who are you to question what fits me and makes me feel good? And if they call me the “kilt guy” — I would be perfectly fine with that.

I have pictures of myself in my kilt at work, and have worn it on casual day a few times too. So I am slowly educating and enlightening my coworkers to them.

3. So Is Networking, the World Runs on Who You Know
Your argument is so stupid here. I agree that who you know is just as important as what you know. Why would a friend even mention “He does like to wear a kilt, though”? This is NOT even relevant to the job! And if a person did this with the intention of having you eliminated from consideration, then he was never a friend to begin with.

I wear a kilt because it fits me. I look good in one, and I feel comfortable in one. Plus I rock it too. It takes a real man to wear one. One who is secure in his manhood, and not afraid to march to the beat of his own drum. I don’t wear a kilt because I like my balls to dangle. Now you are fetishizing it. I wear it for the reasons I mentioned. I know enough of when and where to wear something under the kilt.

As much as I wear kilts, I don’t have a network of kilt lovers in my social circle. And I have never felt that I am an ostracized minority for wearing one. My social circles are made up of fantastic, fun, loving people who like me for me, not cause I wear a kilt, but because I am a good person and I am fun to be around.

2. What Do You Want to Do With Your Life?
I want to live my live to the fullest, and explore my creativity in as many areas as I can. I want to give back to the community and be a positive role model. Where I work now, does not have anything against wearing kilts in their employee handbook. I asked Human Resources, and I was given a thumbs up for casual days.

I would really be limiting myself if I chose jobs by whether I could wear a kilt all the time or not. That has never been part of my thought process when I am considering different job offers. I always try to keep my skillset as big as possible, not because I like kilts, but because that is the nature of working today. Employees are being asked to take on more and more responsibilities and to keep up with the latest changes in technology and processes.

1. Seriously, my Utilikilt Rocks! (And F*** Yourself)
Wearing a kilt is not a fashion faux pas in my book. It says to the world, hey, I don’t give a f*** what other people think, I choose to be ME. I choose to question society, question the norm. I know for me, when I embraced it, that is when things got better in my life. I dress for me, not the masses.

I don’t agree with the statement “Utilikilts took a traditional garb and perverted it.” Perverted it how? To me, they took something old, and made it more modern and functional for today’s world. They took something that was associated with Scottish culture, and made it more universal. I bet there are a lot of people who wear Utilikilts, who don’t have any Scottish ancestry at all. They just like the comfort, styling, look and feel of wearing them. Again, the writer emphasizes the balls dangling thing. I think he has an obsession with this.

What I have found, is that wearing a Utilikilt has gotten me more into my Scottish heritage. I have 4 Utilikilts, but only recently did I buy a Scottish kilt. It looks cool, and I hope to wear it to some formal/dressy events. I find a Utilikilt fits more my everyday lifestyle. It is very comfortable, and light-weight. And I know that I rock it!

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Blondie: Rapture Be Pure

Blondie in Concert
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Club Nokia LA Live

Special guest: Nico Vega

Panic of Girls Tour 2011

Songs performed: “Union City Blue,” “Dreaming,” “Atomic,” “D Day,” “Call Me,” “Love Doesn’t Frighten Me,” “Maria,” “What I Heard,” “China Shoes,” “Wipe Off My Sweat,” “Horizontal Twist,” “Mother,” “Rapture,” “Fight For Your Right,” “One Way or Another,” “The Tide Is High,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Heart of Glass”

Comments: Looking every bit the rock star she is, Debbie Harry took the stage at Club Nokia dressed in a military-inspired coat and dress with red sunglasses. Sure, she and her bandmates look a bit older and grayer, but the music was as strong as ever.Blondie "Panic of Girls"

This was my third time seeing the group since they got back together in the late 90’s. And from the show they put on, they seem to be reenergized with the new music and excited to be performing their classics live to their adoring fans. It was nice to see them in a smaller venue (2300 capacity) and to be so close to the stage too (We were about 10 feet from the stage).

As the set went on, Debbie took off more clothes until she had a mini-dress and leggings on. She is still a commanding stage presence in her 60’s. Chris Stein and Clem Burke round out the original lineup with help from Leigh Foxx (bass), Tommy Kessler (guitar) and Matt Katz-Bohen (keyboards).


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