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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Heart w/ the Jason Bonham Experience

Thursday, Aug. 1 @ 7:30 p.m.

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Fans of Heart may not know that the Seattle-based band didn’t always include sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, who have come to define the sextet’s distinctive sound. The band began in Bothell, Wash., as The Army, changing its name to White Heart, Hocus Pocus and, finally, Heart. Ann joined the band in 1972, Nancy in 1974. Dreamboat Annie, Heart’s 1976 breakthrough album, set them all on a chart-topping course that continues today.

Although they’ve gone through a staggering number of musician lineups, Heart maintained its distinctive sound thanks to Ann’s soaring vocals and Nancy’s multi-instrumental support. Hits like “Crazy on You” and “Magic Man” still get significant airplay, as does “Barracuda,” a song written by Ann in angry response to a journalist’s allegation that Ann and Nancy were sex partners. With the release of 2012’s Fanatic, Heart proved that the group and its two frontwomen can still rock.

Over the years Heart also covered several Led Zeppelin songs, a relationship culminating with the Wilson sisters joining Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, on stage at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., in December to perform “Stairway to Heaven” in recognition of the band’s lifetime contributions to the American arts. A relationship formed and the Jason Bonham Experience opens for Heart for its Wisconsin State Fair date. Fans can expect Heart to tap the new album, offer a lengthy selection of past hits and, with Bonham, to perform a 30-minute Led Zeppelin tribute. And that will be a true stairway to heaven.