Ann Wilson will deliver Heart classics along with some of her best solo material for the fans. Don’t miss out.
Title: “Alive In Seattle”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 6/30/2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Before I get too deeply into this one, this is actually a re-issue of a previously released concert video from 2003. It’s origins hail from the 2002 tour by Heart during their “Summer Of Love” touring run. To me, it’s always great when a band uses their tour closing night in a hometown venue to give the worldwide fans a commemorative concert video but since this is from fourteen years ago its also a bit of a live history lesson when it comes to the band. I never saw the original release and was not doing the journalistic overview thing yet, so this was a complete education for me. I found it interesting that despite my longtime love of so many of the Heart classics that I had only ever caught them in concert once and that was somewhere around 2008 unless I am mistaken. So, about the concert video; the film puts you right in the best seats possible and thanks to the camera angles you’re even right up on the stage with the band with the technicians standing in the sidelines.
Musically speaking the band sounds terrific and remember we are referring to the way, way back for this one. Truth be told, the friends who have seen them in recent times said they have not changed at all so that is a good thing to know at this point in time. The set list plays out like a Greatest Hits release of the band as they begin with the incendiary opener “Crazy On You” and follow it up with “Sister Wild Rose”. During “Straight On”, which is another favorite, Ann tells the crowd that this is the last night of the tour. During “These Dreams” it was nice to see guitarist Nancy doing the lead vocals as I had long forgotten that this was her first time doing so when the original album came out. That song was everywhere when it came to terrestrial radio of the day an its still great. When the band gets to “Alone” they decide to go acoustic for a little while and I didn’t like that personally since I am a fan of this track more than some others and I like its original version without much change. They keep it acoustic for the Elton John cover of “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” and once more Nancy takes the lead vocals while Ann offers up a solid backing. They follow this with their stellar rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Battle Of Evermore” which is also acoustic and might bring some of their fans back to the time when they were doing a project called The Lovemongers. Kudos if you remember that one and even have the album. I know I still have my copy somewhere.
Continue reading “Alive In Seattle” [DVD] by Heart
Now here is an interesting tour for sure, and especially if you love the music of the band Heart as their incredible lead singer Ann has just announced a string of solo performances. I’ll let the press release give you the full on scoop but don’t worry I’ll return after the commercial break 😊
The Press Release:
ANN WILSON has announced her 2017 20-date solo tour. The ANN WILSON OF HEART cross-country trek kicks off Tuesday, March 8 at the Moore Theatre in WILSON’s Seattle hometown before moving onto Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Englewood, NJ and New Orleans, among other cities. Tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, January 13. See the itinerary below and view the trailer here.
“The stage is a magical place where I can be beautifully in and out of control, where I can build a fire and then jump into it,” says the esteemed and pioneering Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend who’s known for her force-of-nature vocals. “The stage is where I have always lived; where I’ve expressed my deepest emotions and supreme joys.” ANN continues: “I suppose I am addicted to it. I’ve never been much good at talking, but I can sing, and when I sing I connect with people in a much deeper, higher way.”
What will fans experience at these shows? “People can expect the unexpected in 2017,” ANN says. “A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production…The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart.”
Musicians on board for the ANN WILSON OF HEART tour include Craig Bartock on guitar (Heart member for a dozen years, who also performed in the Ann Wilson Thing for two years) from San Francisco; Andy Stoller on bass (the Ann Wilson Thing member for two years) from Seattle; Denny Fongheiser on drums and percussion (Heart member in the 1990’s for two years) from Los Angeles. The name for the upcoming tour, explains ANN, “is to give people a point of recognition; to help people understand who I am and where I came from.”
The ANN WILSON OF HEART dates follow the release of HEART’s critically acclaimed 2016 BEAUTIFUL BROKEN album and summer headlining tour with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick, along with HEART solo shows before and after. “Heart is always evolving, changing,” says ANN. “It is a living organism. Right now it’s in a cocoon of metamorphosis, and we will see what emerges when the time is right.”
Look for ANN to continue to announce more ANN WILSON of HEART tour dates. Here is the current itinerary:
The Tour Dates:
3/8: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
3/10: Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
3/12: Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
3/14: Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
3/15: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
3/16: Salina, KS @ Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts
3/18: Lake Charles, LA @ Golden Nugget
3/19: New Orleans, LA 2 House of Blues
3/21: Wilmington, NC @ Cape Fear Community College Theatre
3/22: Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
3/23: Greenville, SC @ Peace Center for the Creative Arts
3/25: Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/26: Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
3/29: Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
3/30: Westbury, NY @ The Westbury Theater
4/1: Peekskill, NY @ Paramount Hudson Valley
4/2: Londonderry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
4/4: Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
4/6: Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
4/7: Providence, RI @ Park Theatre PAC
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m not sure how this ended up being the case for me but despite loving so much of the bands original catalog I’ve only ever caught them once in concert and that was only a few years ago when they toured as support for Journey. I’d love to catch Ann doing her solo thing since she hasn’t seemed to lose an ounce of melody in her superpowered register but sadly she isn’t bringing this tour to my immediate vicinity for me to be a part of or even cover. I’ll cross my fingers for a second leg if this goes according to her plans. I wondered what you readers think about it though, will you be attending and are you a fan at all? You can let me know what you think down in the comments section below.
Venue: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel Woods, NY)
Opener: Cheap Trick & Heart
Label: Columbia Records
While it’s true that I make sure to attend and review a lot of concerts that come through the Big Apple for the sake of the Metal and Hard Rock fans for the web readers at large, it is not too often that I allow myself the luxury of focusing on the Classic Rock greats that got me interested in music in the first place. It’s also rather difficult to get outside of the NYC region when one considers just how many great bands manage to roll through town on a regular basis. Despite this being the case I actually needed to do this when I realized that I had missed the chance to see the one and only Journey perform at one of my favorite outdoor venues – the PNC Bank Arts Center. The band was not only celebrating a stunning new album, but also introducing their new singer and to up the ante on this tour they were bringing Cheap Trick and Heart along as well. My only option was to head up North about 90 miles to the site of the original Woodstock Festival of 1969, the beautiful Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. I was excited about this particular Rock and Roll journey because I had never been to the venue or the Woodstock grounds ever before and considering the historic nature of the property had to admit that this was going to be a whole lot of fun. My friends and I snared a parking space about a half miles walk from the venue and all around us were folks enjoying the warm summer day by cooking, playing music and indulging in the ever present pre-game beer drinking. The grounds are beautiful and its one of those places that on a clear day seems like the perfect cure for the 9-5 weekday blues. The venue is not too far from the original site and some markers and signs have been set up to commemorate the event and sadly I had not arrived early enough to absorb this spot or the onsite museum that the Center offers its visitors. Here is how the concert went.
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