Classic rock band Heart brings 'Love Alive' tour to Iowans
Formed in 1970 in Seattle, Heart has been touting hits for over 40 years now. Sisters Ann (69) and Nancy Wilson (65) brought those classic rock hits to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday.
With the tour title "Love Alive" coined from their 1977 sophomore album "Little Queen," the Wilson sisters brought along some powerhouse vocals for this tour.
The Wilsons took the stage in their '70s hippie gear performing "Rockin Heaven Down." As blue and red fluorescent lights created graphics on the arena ceiling, the group transitioned into their next record, "Magic Man."
"We're all here to worship tonight at the temple of rock 'n' roll," Ann said to the crowd. "We're going to take you on some adventures, so we hope you're feeling open-minded and free."
Then Ann, playing a melodic flute solo as Nancy played the guitar, led "Love Alive." The crowd stood and cheered for the soothing and peaceful 1977 intro. Then the band picked up the beat for their rocking record. Ann slowed down the ending of "Love Alive" with another flute solo.
The styles (jazz, disco) and instrumentation (piano accordion, more flute) kept changing as Heart worked through covers and other tunes.
"Let's go to the '80s," Nancy Wilson eventually said. "I think this is one of those songs that just got better," she continued as Heart performed "These Dreams" from Heart's 1985 self-titled album.
For "What About Love," Nancy Wilson performed a beautiful guitar solo. Fans sang along and held up their flashlights on their phones as they rocked backward and forward.
The closer was "Crazy On You."
"Thank you for being here tonight," Ann Wilson said. "Thank you for all the smiles and good love, and we love you."
For a notable encore, with Ann on flute and Nancy on the guitar, the duo performed a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."
The finale of the night was the 1977 hit "Barracuda" from the band's second studio album, "Little Queen."