HEART in Montreal - Crazy On You & Baracuda - Feb-5-2011





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Published on Feb 12, 2011

Heart's performance on stage @ Place des Arts in Montreal Canada. The band hasn't been on stage in Montreal since a very long time...

A review from The Gazette;

MONTREAL - If Heart's sold-out concert Saturday night at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts proved anything, it's that Ann and Nancy Wilson know where their strengths lie and exactly what their audience is there for.

The math alone tells the story. Out of 18 songs, nine were from the 1970s, including a cover version, four dated from the 1980s, only one selection represented the 1990s and three were from last year's surprise hit album Red Velvet Car. Another cover predated the group.

More than once, Ann acknowledged their career-launching opening spot for Rod Stewart at the Forum in 1976, and after 35 years, Montreal was ready to relive the whole era again.

For the most part, the set list was made up of rockers -Heart rockers, filled with bone-crushing back-beats, window-rattling vocals and power chords. Heart's music was -and is -more about attack than actual songcraft.

When the original group broke in 1976, it was the revolutionary sound of women demanding their seat at the men's table and getting it. Make no mistake: It was hard work for them, and female rockers who now take it all for granted owe the Wilson sisters a debt of gratitude.

Back-to-back covers of Led Zeppelin (What Is and What Should Never Be) and the Who (Love Reign o'er Me) illustrated exactly where they saw themselves at the dawn of their career, and where they nicely fit now.

Kicking off their set with Cook With Fire, Ann and Nancy spent the next two hours reminding us where they came from and where they're going. And there does seem to be a future: The noisiest, nastiest rocker of the night was the recent WTF.

At no point did either of the two ladies, backed by able-bodied and suitably loud musicians -guitarist Craig Bartock, bassist Kristian Attard, drummer Ben Smith and keyboard player Debbie Shair -fail to deliver the right rock moves and attitude. Palpable waves of affection from the audience ensued. While Ann wailed and Nancy leaped and pounded her guitars within an inch of their lives, hands in the room making devil horns were held higher aloft, and fists pumped more vigorously.

Even the material from the 1980s sounded less of its time. Acknowledging that it was a "tough decade," Nancy insisted that it produced quality songs and sang lead on These Dreams, playing electric mandolin.

In a conversation with The Gazette a couple of weeks ago, Nancy Wilson promised one thing: "Expect to see Ann Wilson shining like you've never seen her shine," she said. "Ann is just owning it."

Nancy wasn't wrong. Where singers with fainter constitutions may have allowed themselves a falsetto here and there, Ann hit the difficult notes head on. Straight On, Magic Man and Crazy On You sounded as rock-solid as one could ever hope for.

Playing mostly acoustic guitar with Pete Townshend-style aggression, Nancy provided the foundation over which thumping metallic rockers such as Barracuda can claim their identity.

After an evening-closing, deliriously received Dreamboat Annie, the Wilson sisters and band took their leave, played off the stage by a recording of Max Steiner's theme from Gone With the Wind.

A nice touch, but the fans will never really let them go.


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