JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

August 18, 2016
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Dave Gray
Photos by Freddy Salazar


Heart Still Beating After All These Years

Heart Still Beating After All These Years Photos by Freddy SalazarHot off the heels of a Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction and with the recent release of their 16th Studio CD Beautiful Broken, Seattle's Heart took the stage to perform in front of 20,000 fans at Dallas' Gexa Energy Pavilion. Even the rain couldn't keep the masses away tonight, as 10,000 fans surely got wet yet stayed put on the uncovered lawn to witness the classic rock legends. 

The Wilson sisters have aged gracefully and are still vocally superior considering that the girls have been touring for nearly 40 years. For example, Ann Wilson's vocal range and Nancy Wilson's guitar abilities shined during "Alone," and also on "Crazy On You." And during a funky rendition of James Brown's 'Get Up Offa That Thing" they seamlessly segued into Straight On." Visual moving backgrounds during the set were incredible also, with psychedelic visions of hearts, old band photos, album covers, logos, trippy colors and odd shapes appearing behind the performers. Other musical surprises tonight were new tracks, "Two" and the title cut, and the opening number "Wild Child."

The encore was a psychedelic tribute to Led Zeppelin, returning with "Immigrant Song” and finishing the night with the classic "Stairway to Heaven." I haven't seen Heart since the Texxas Jam of 1979, but I find it amazing how these sisters are in such fine form and are still vocally and musically at the top of their game.