Heart performed, in Victoria on Monday night (March 8), to a very appreciative audience and showed that this sister act from Seattle can still KICK IT OUT. Opening their show with “Barracuda” the ladies got the evening off to impressive start. Following with the big rock tune “Never” kindly dedicated to Canada’s recent Olympic gold in hockey, the sisters mentioned how they got their start in this neck of the woods. Living in Vancouver for a period in the seventies they often told people they were Canadians when it was considered embarrassing to be an American.
Lead singer Ann jokingly asked the crowd if they “remembered when albums were made of vinyl and you had to flip them over?” From the second side of Butterfly and Dog, they played the moody and powerful “Mistral Wind” to anthemic proportions. And then Nancy donned the mandolin to perform “These Dreams."
With a new album entitled Red Velvet Car, set for release this summer, Heart played three new songs, referring to them as their “babies”. Well received, the new tracks fit right in with their more well loved material, in particular a song called “WTF” which added a surprising element of grunge to the show.
Returning to their hits, the sisters belted fan favourite “What About Love?” and then the crowd sang along in unison to “Alone” as Ann Wilson showed that she is still one of the best singers in rock. Finishing their set with “Crazy On You” marked by Nancy’s acoustic guitar intro and energetic high kicks, Heart brought back one of the most decadent decades of rock and had the crowd on its feet all the while.
No Heart concert would be complete without a nod to their seventies rock god peers. This time they covered The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” which pleased the audience to no end. And in their encore they did a rendition of Led Zepelin’s “Going to California”. The talented sister’s closed the show with “Magic Man” and left Victoria thoroughly satisfied, heart and soul.
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
March 8, 2010
By Lillie Louise