by Jeff Niesel
For a band that has struggled to be relevant for the past two decades, Heart sure played with plenty of confidence last night at Blossom. Perhaps the band's recent (overdue) induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum had something to do with it. Ann Wilson and her guitar slinging sister Nancy Wilson started their 90-minute set with the hard-rocking “Barracuda” and then ratcheted up the energy as they delivered hits such as “What About Love” and “Magic Man.” A by-the-numbers power ballad, “What About Love” benefited from Ann Wilson's strong vocal performance; she sang it with such fervor, it really came to life. The set featured its share of duds — the acoustic “Dog & Butterfly” suffered from a perky keyboard riff that turned it into something saccharine, and “These Dreams” sounded outdated, even though the duo introduced it as a song that had survived the ‘80s. But the Wilsons and their solid four-piece band ended strong with an inspired rendition of “Crazy on You” that Ann Wilson sang just as powerfully as she did when she recorded it some 35 years ago. In fact, throughout the performance, her voice sounded just as vigorous as it did on the studio albums from the '70s.
For the 30-minute encore, the Wilsons united with opener Jason Bonham, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and his band to play a few Zeppelin tunes. The set started slowly but got better as they delivered “Immigrant Song” and “Kashmir” and concluded with “Stairway to Heaven.” It was a bit strange to hear Heart play so many covers in a row, but Ann Wilson has such a potent voice, she proved plenty capable of taking on the tunes originally sung by Zep front man Robert Plant.
Jason Bonham started the concert off with a series of Zeppelin covers. Dubbed Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, his band came off as a better-than-average cover band. But it's rather odd that he feels entitled to the Zeppelin catalogue when founding members Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are still alive. What's next? The James Jagger Rolling Stones Experience?