Heart raises the roof for Led Zeppelin

Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart on stage for the band
Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart on stage for the band's Saturday night concert at Prospera Place.
— image credit: Barry Gerding/Capital News

Kelowna fans of Heart who went to the band's concert at Prospera Place on Saturday night probably came out thinking they had just been to a Led Zeppelin tribute.

Not that the crowd filing out of the Prospera was complaining, but Nancy and Ann Wilson, the sister tandem behind Heart, dedicated the second half of their show to covering seven Led Zep tunes.

Joined on stage by drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Heart played some recognizable tunes from the British rock'n roll band's past such as the over-indulgent Kashmir, Immigrant Song and Battle of Evermore, and some others from deep in the Led Zep catalogue.

Heart ended the concert with a stirring rendition of Stairway To Heaven, joined on stage by the Okanagan Singers, made up of members of the Okanagan Festival Choir and Okanagan Spectrum Singers.

Heart's affinity for Led Zeppelin should not come as a surprise since the band has been recording the iconic band's tunes since back in the 1980s, and were chosen to sing a rousing version of Stairway at the Kennedy Centre Honours recognition for the group in December 2012.

But with an extensive musical catalogue of their own, it did seem a little odd to dedicate the entire second half of their concert to Zeppelin tunes.

The first half of the concert saw the band cover many of their big hits, with Ann Wilson showing that she still has the vocal pipes, with her version of Alone, a ballad hit for the group, drawing a standing ovation.

Heart rolled off many other familiar tunes—Barracuda, Heartless, Little Queen, What About Love, These Dreams, Magic Man and Crazy On You—although both the band's songs and the crowd were both showing their age by generating little buzz as the concert wound through the opening set.

Also included in the opening set was an old Paul McCartney song from his seminal Band On The Run album of the early 1970s, Let Me Roll It, which again seemed to be an odd choice other than perhaps paying homage to the influence of McCartney on the Wilson sisters musical inspiration, the legacy of which culminated last year with Heart being inducted into the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame.




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