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Heart returns to the Tower Theater

Nancy  tears up the guitar
Nancy tears up the guitar
Alex Lloyd Gross

"It's nice to be here, " Ann Wilson told the crowd Friday evening. She then rambled off some bands that played there, such as the Rolling Stones but perhaps she forgot, Heart played there as well back in the 1970's. While the Tower went through some changes, so did Heart. After all it's been about 30 years.

Ann and Nancy Wilson have a huge vault of material to chose from, as well as the new album called Fanatic. This new record is getting rave reviews They played for about 90 minutes. They stayed true to their core fan base and kept out a lot of slower songs. Most of the set consisted of rockers such as "Straight On", "Even It Up" and "Barracuda" To slow things down, "Dog and Butterfly" was played.

Heart was smart enough to know that in the mid 1980's and 1990's radio stations would disregard rock songs for power ballads and play them to the hilt. They brought out "What About Love" from that era and left well enough alone. a lot of the ballads.

Fans wanted to stand throughout the show , however, security kept trying to make them sit down. That might work for "Dog and Butterfly" but when classics such as "Crazy On You" and "Heartless" were played, security was powerless to keep 2500 people seated.

Heart really did not have a lot of different merchandise. Mostly t shirts . However, they did have drinking glasses and a "Barracuda" license plate . One was found on the back of their tour bus . Heart is always known for playing a few covers from either Led Zeppelin or the Who. This show was no exception, as the band closed the evening with Zeppelin's "Black Dog".

The show was a fun time and the crowd was drained when they left. However it would have been over the moon to hear some obscure songs that seem to have dropped off Hearts playlist over the years, like "Rockin' Heaven Down" or "Cities Burnin".

Opening the show was guitarist Alejandro Escovedo. He was good but most people were un familiar with his music. He was selling his CD's in the lobby for $20.00. Heart was selling theirs for $15.00.

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