Heart's Latest Tour Proving They Don't Need That Magic Man
Last night, the legendary rock n'roll sisters of Heart brought Toronto back to the 80's, in a night filled with classic rock songs and an entirely female-led lineup.
The night began with Elle King, who stole the hearts of many a few years ago with her breakout indie rock single, Ex's & Oh's. She is currently touring her latest release, Shake The Spirit which came out last year. The second act of the night was filled with 90's nostalgia and perfect summertime tunes. Sheryl Crow, had such a dominating radio presence in the late 90's and early 2000's that you often don't realize how many songs of hers you'll remember. The 57-year old rocked Bud Stage and came out blazing with sparkly sneakers and equally sparkly fringe dangling down the side of her pants. Those sitting started to stand, as she brought out hits like; All I Wanna Do, If It Makes You Happy, Soak Up The Sun and Everyday is A Winding Road.
Heart, came on stage early (!) and proved why they have managed to sustain such a dominating presence in the rock world for the past 40 + years. The Seattle natives, who got their start in Vancouver back in 1975, kept fans happy with all the hits and also a wide variety of covers which illustrated their varying musical talents. Renditions of Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Simon & Garfunkel's The Boxer, Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb, and Led Zeppelin's The Battle of Evermore, all made their way into the set. Adding covers into the mix was a refreshing twist for a heritage act show. Bands like Heart, who typically tour often know their audience, and know that fans want the hits and what they hear on the radio. Adding in covers allows fans to hear familiar songs, but also shows where the band got their influences from.
The Battle of Evermore was something special for fans who were lucky enough to catch Heart on their 2013 tour with Jason Bonham. The sisters were coming off the unexpected viral success of their Stairway To Heaven cover at the Kennedy Center Honors a few months earlier. After pleasing Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones with their electrifying version of the greatest rock song of all time, the duo went out on tour with the son of late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The tour in 2013, included all their hits, and a 30 minute Led Zeppelin tribute at the end, with Jason Bonham on drums. Flash forward to 2019 with fans getting a hint of that memorable tour, when The Battle of Evermore was added back into the encore list. Ending with Barracuda and Alone, fans left Bud Stage with their musical souls filled and "hearts" full. Ann and Nancy Wilson (aged 69 and 65 respectively), proved they aren't slowing down anytime soon.
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