Earlier this year, just prior to Heart’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the website Ultimate Classic Rock posted a feature naming the band’s 10 greatest songs. These kinds of lists are all the rage in the age of the 24-hour news cycle, but this one was rather telling, for the picks revealed the true breadth and depth of this band’s musical prowess. From the Led Zeppelin-like strut of “Bebe Le Strange,” through the pastoral folksy beauty of “Dreamboat Annie,” Heart’s work has consistently and ably displayed a delicate balance between deep musical virtuosity and indelible songwriting skills.
That Heart managed to amass such a body of work during an age when it was far from common for a female-fronted rock band to be taken seriously in the big leagues is a testament to the persistence of vision that sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have displayed across a career that now spans more than 35 years.
Revered as an album-rock band – for good reason – Heart always has been a band that truly comes to life on the concert stage. The Wilson sisters have never stopped touring, and that endless tour brings them back to Artpark, the setting of past triumphs, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Brynn Marie will be handling opening act duties. Tickets are $12 advance, $17 starting Sunday (box office, Artpark.net).
– Jeff Miers