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Heart - Artpark, Lewiston, NY - August 05, 2014

Lewiston, NY - Tuesday night was another incredible evening of live music at Artpark, when classic rock legends, Heart, entertained an appreciative, nearly sold out audience. The Seattle based band, led by sisters, Ann and Nancy Wilson, played a 90-minute, note-for-note, perfect, flawless set that consisted of many of their classic hits from the 70's and 80's.

The evening started off with three of Heart's hardest hitting songs: "Magic Man," "Barracuda," and "Heartless." Right from the start, the band was in great spirits and sounding crystal clear. Both of the Wilson sisters seemed to be very pleased to be performing in front of a huge (10,000 plus) audience again at Artpark. They also played at this venue in 2012.

Ann Wilson truly is one of the best female vocalists in rock music; she could do no wrong on this evening. Her vocals were spot on throughout the night. She still can go from a whisper to a scream in a heartbeat. Her passionate vocals were spine tingling on the top 40 hit, "What About Love."

Her sister, Nancy Wilson, even at 60 years of age, is still a deliciously hot rock goddess with a great deal of musical talent. She switched from guitar to mandolin a few times throughout the concert. One of the highlights of the evening was when she took over the lead vocals for the Paul McCartney & Wings song, "Let Me Roll."

Shortly, before the mid-point of the concert, a strange occurrence took place, when a small plane, flying unusually low, flew over the crowd. This not only took the crowd by surprise, but the Wilson sisters, as well. This is not common for planes to fly over the audience at shows in Artpark. It's a huge safety hazard. Both Wilson sisters looked up at the plane with a concerned, "What the Fuck?" look on their faces. It was a rare moment, when the barrier between the audience and the performers, was non-existent. We were all in it together for a moment, and wondering what hell is going on. Thankfully, the plane turned around.

But, that didn't phase the band or audience for too long. Soon, the overwhelming smell of marijuana permeated through the crowd as Heart played a newer song, "Mashallah," from their unrated, but exceptionally musicially satisfying 2012 release, 'Fanatic.'

Heart then returned for an incredible encore of three Led Zeppelin songs, which sent the crowd into an all out frenzy. This was the second week in a row where the Artpark audience was treated to Zeppelin songs. Sammy Hagar had performed a few the week before.

On this evening, Heart proved that they are still a relevant and very important band, even during the twilight of their 40 year plus career.

Setlist
Magic Man
Barracuda
Heartless
What About Love
Dreamboat Annie
Even It Up
Kick It Out
Straight On
Let Me Roll It
Heaven
These Dreams
Alone
Mashallah
Crazy On You
Immigrant Song
What Is and What Should Never Be
Misty Mountain Hop

Special thanks to Maria Hayes for providing RMS with press credentials.

For more on Heart, please visit www.heart-music.com