Heart – “Fanatic – Live From Caesars Colosseum” CD / DVD (Frontiers Records)
One of the pillars of 80s AOR, Heart were centered around the Wilson sisters – Anne on vocals and Nancy on guitar – and became synonymous with hit ballads like ‘What About Love’ and ‘These Dreams’ that were guaranteed to make a grown man cry (and many did lol – Ed)! Starting in the early 70s and often considered the first women in rock, Heart enjoyed mega success for the best part of a decade, then took a break in 1995 when Nancy decided to start a family while Anne soldiered on in her own namesake band. Reforming around the turn of the century, the band have regained much of their ground, and in many regards have become more respected as musicians rather than just for their commercial success, having received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012 and been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last year. Touring to support the release of their latest release “Fanatic”, their 15th studio and their 12th Top 25 album no less, the sisters embarked on a major North American tour, the culmination of which was their performance at Caesars Colosseum in Windsor, Ontario. Filmed by AXS-TV in stunning HD and 5.1 surround sound, this 75 minute DVD features songs from every era like 1976’s ‘Crazy On You’ to 1987’s hit ‘Alone’, here a tad underrepresented in a pure acoustic version rather than the power ballad that it is most famed for. Still, the rapport between the sisters and their audience more than ensures that this goes beyond a mere broadcast but an intimate show where the viewer is left almost regretting not being there – especially when Anne tells the crowd not to worry about touching the person next to them, cos they’re gonna like it and so are the band ha ha! Equally impressive is the latest material like the feisty ‘Mashallah!’, and backed by a string quintet, the sisters – who’ve lost none of their talent be it in Nancy’s guitar work and Anne’s powerful and passionate delivery – deliver a stellar show befitting their long legacy and guaranteeing their rockin’ best into the future!