concert that I’ve attended. Since the band’s debut performances in 1976 at small rock clubs like the Hollywood Palace in Baltimore County, Maryland, and witnessing the bands amazing climb to stardom after performing the following year at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, the newest and largest arena in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. I also saw Heart perform after I moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the Hollywood Sportatorium in 1979. The one factor all these performances had in common was not only the amazing vocalizations of Ann and Nancy Wilson, but equally as effective were the distinct performances by guitar hero Roger Fisher along with his prodigious bandmates Steve Fossen, Howard Lees, and Mike Derosier. Their fans weren’t only attracted to Heart because of its two amazing and beautiful singers; they were also drawn to the music by these incredibly cool musicians. I was disappointed when those bandmates had either been kicked out or left the band, and to be perfectly honest, after they left, I completely lost interest in Heart for quite some time.
at the Kennedy Center Honors while a teary-eyed Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones watched with absolute awe and admiration.
, a Nashville vocalist accompanied by an acoustic guitarist. The simplicity of a duo is sometimes more appreciated than an entire band; absolutely no room for error, the band performed admirably and definite crowd pleasers.
from the ‘Band on the Run’ album. Nancy Wilson did an awesome job performing the guitar licks on the song. The Wings hard rock classic was followed by Nancy taking a seat and playing acoustic guitar like a standup bass with a bow while performing a really cool psychedelic/middle-eastern track entitled “Heaven” with Ann Wilson on vocals and autoharp. Afterwards, Nancy Wilson took center stage to sing the Martin Page-Bernie Taupan penned “These Dreams” a #1 U.S. hit song released by Heart in 1986.
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