In their current tour, Heart stays pretty identical from one show to the next. They open with their biggest hit, “Barracuda,” in a rather interesting move, leaving their closing encore void of any Heart material at all. “Crazy on You” is the song preceding the final 30 minutes.
Heart borrows heavily from classic rock titans, Led Zeppelin, and in 2014 the band shows their respect for the rock elites. The acclaimed foursome close their shows with a triple treat of “Immigrant Song,” “Rain Song,” and “Misty Mountain Hop”. Two of the Zeppelin tracks are a bit more popular, with “Misty Mountain Hop” being the odd choice here.
Few bands have the gall to close with three covers, let alone Zeppelin tracks. But Heart was born right out of the era, and their close musical ties makes it a surprisingly natural choice. In many ways, it is the closest anyone gets to seeing Led Zeppelin material performed like this in a big arena.
Of course, the inclusion of John Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham, on drums is a large reason why Heart is bringing out these classic Zeppelin tunes to close out their evenings. Sometimes Heart switches out “Immigrant Song” with “Kashmir,” and the masterful epic, “Battle of Evermore,” sneaks in to the set here and there. This is especially brilliant, and perhaps the last time anyone will be able to catch this song done so well.
What About Love
Bebe Le Strange
Kick It Out
Even It Up
Nothing But Love
Dog & Butterfly
Dear Old America
Crazy On You
The Rain Song
Misty Mountain Hop
How long is a Heart concert?
Between the 30-minute Zeppelin set that closes the show and Heart’s own prolific setlist of riveting classic rock, shows easily last upwards of two hours. Through the two hours of show time, other touring members help flesh out the big Heart sound as well as add dimension to the Zeppelin tracks. The main pair of Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson, pad the set out with some acoustic tracks that help keep the flow for the long set length.
What can I expect from Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience?
Because Bonham is such a pivotal part of this Heart tour, it is worth recognizing his work for this show. The famed drummer opens with his own band, and a nearly 45-minute set of Zeppelin material. The artist and his band stay away from the biggest Zeppelin tracks, opting for playing a few drum-focused deeper album cuts from Led Zeppelin II and Houses of the Holy. The band does not play any material that will be later heard in the Heart set.
The opening group is not a tribute act in the traditional sense as they do not try to mimic or dress like Led Zeppelin. Bonham’s band simply focuses on the music itself as opposed to the image of the famed group.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Heart’s tour?
The Heart shows for 2014 are a big ticket item, especially considering the group’s high profile pairing with Jason Bonham. American Express has a select few presale dates available through the American Express platform, but tickets are going fast.
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Lastly, tickets are available through Heart’s fan club, Heart Mongers. Membership includes exclusive content, a Heart blog template, and special fan club contests.
“Monday night, the sisters attracted about a third of the audience Rihanna and P!nk recently brought into the venue… It makes you hold your head in your hands and sigh. These grandstanding, factory-produced singers, about half the age of Heart’s frontwomen, or less, might have found their lives quite different if Heart hadn’t smashed the glass ceiling that kept women out of rock – until the Wilson girls decided they’d prefer to be Led Zeppelin than Joan Baez. None of these unworthy descendants are fit to hold Ann Wilson’s microphone. And how many guitarists out there are cranking it up and swaggering on the stage with the kind of abandon we saw from Nancy Wilson Monday night?” – Bernard Perusse of the Montreal Gazette
“Heart has had a long and storied career, changing from the hard rock and folk rock of the early ’70s to the power ballads of the ’80s and back again. The band made a stop at every point during the set, switching between the hard rock of “Heartless” and “Crazy on You” and ’80s power ballads of “Alone” and “What About Love” without a hiccup.” – Matt Champion of KDHX
“Thankfully, Heart ended with “Crazy on You,” a killer song with an undeniably killer riff. And then it was encore time when (opening act) Jason Bonham and his Led Zeppelin Experience backed Ann and Nancy through the expected Zeppelin chestnuts.” – Darryl Smyers of the Dallas Observer
Heartbreaker World Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Jason Bonham and Band
Started June 17, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida | Ended September 23, 2013 in Friant, California
Heart 2012 Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Shawn Colvin
Started March 10, 2012 in Newkirk, Oklahoma | Ended December 2, 2012 in Washington, DC
Mirror Ball Tour
Started June 15, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida | Ended September 23, 2011 in Woodlands, Texas
Red Velvet Car Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Allison Krauss
Started January 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Ended June 25, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jupiter’s Darling Tour
Started July 22, 2004 in Redmond, Virginia | Ended October 16, 2004 in Primm, Nevada