Heart at the Venue in Hammond, IN on Dec. 06, 2015

  Venue @ Horseshoe Casino Hammond, Indiana
                                                         Sunday December 6, 2015                                      
  Story by Janet Pellegrini   Photos by Dan Locke

After seeing Heart on Sunday, I can’t figure out why I waited so long to see them again. Strong and energetic, its easy to hear & see they’ve been doing this for decades with panache. Okay so here’s another thing I can’t figure out, how do the Wilson sisters look 20 years younger than the tree rings
 they must have, riddle me that? Amazing, gorgeous…..you have to see them to believe it, their physical and musical prowess.

They sang their way through many of their long time hits, Kick It Out, Heartless and when it came to What About Love you could feel the pleading intent of the lyrics. Nancy sings lead on These Dreams and gives it an ethereal feel, you can hear why the song was initially offered to Stevie Nicks for that reason, but luckily she turned it down and Heart kept it for themselves.

If you haven’t heard them cover Ne-Yo’s song Two, well its worth your while to give it a listen. They did Alone, Even It Up, Bebe Le Strange, and Barracuda. Heart isn’t much for chatting during their show, but at this juncture Ann talked about their various musical styles, Rock & Roll, Pop, Melodic Rock - which she gave credit for making it for them as musicians.

Nancy Wilson’s instrumental Silver Wheel leads with much anticipation into their signature song
Crazy on You -which just did in the audience - there is no song like it, it’s an example of how the best writers manage to convey so much with so few words, and with this classic rivet us with raw desire. Ann Wilson owns us when she sings Crazy on You.

Ann and Nancy Wilson must be given due credit for their part in setting the stage and pace for female rockers. If you’d like to hear more about their charismatic 40 years as musicians and 30 million record sales, you can read it from the sisters themselves in their biopic, “Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll” with co-author Charles Cross. They delve into Heart’s formative years, song inspirations, personal travails, along with the juicy rock & rock gossip.

For their encore set Heart went back to their roots as a cover band when this American band had their start in Canada, back in the 1970s, with their entire set of Led Zeppelin songs; Immigrant Song, No Quarter and Misty Mountain Hop. Classic music, amazing performers - Heart.

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