Friday, July 05, 2013

HEART Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience Review

HEART Heartbreaker Tour 2013 Review 7/3/13

One of the MOST exciting concert experiences I have ever had in 35+ years of attending them!

This night was filled with all kinds of surprises, in and around, before and during the performance!

OPENING ACT: Jason Bonham, son of the legendary John Bonzo' Bonham resurrecting the skill, power and prowess of dad. Jason even looked up and called Dad away from his "jamming with Keith Moon" for participation.
JASON BONHAM & The LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE kicked off at 8pm with a surging version of ROCK N ROLL from Led Zeppelin IV. WOW! One Zeppelin power chord after another! BLACK DOG, HOUSES OF THE HOLY and calling up to dear ol' dad for help on WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS! The hairs on my back stood up!
Another WOW' here, please....
Jason's Band is an exact reincarnation of prime era ZEPPELIN, When Robert Plant had long curley locks and vocal prowess (OK, the current lead singer is bald with a beard) BUT..The vocal tone and sensation was exact and brought everyone back in the time machine! A++++

HEART:  The ageless, beautiful ladies of HEART proved why they are 2013 Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. In fact, they have been proving it since 1976!

Tearing open the main course with the legendary chords of BARRACUDA was powerful! What a way to kick off the show! A+

One of my all time favorite Heart classics HEARTLESS, From 1978's Dog And Butterfly was a personal treat, especially coming out of Barracuda as the second selection of the night. The ladies are just musical artist genius' who reached deep down for the greatest emotions for their songs to shine. Both Ann and Nancy Wilson spoke to us directly backstage to say how much they loved what they do' and were glad we all came to hear it! They are definitely classy ladies with top of the line musical and vocal abilities to bring it home!  KICK IT OUT and EVEN IT UP continued to bring me back to my late 70's youth. Keyboardist Debbie Shair added a cool flair with her syncopated tick-tock clock intro on DOG AND BUTTERFLY! They nailed it! Emotional! I remember playing the grooves off that album back in 1978. (Grooves are audio recordings pressed into vinyl plastic records back in the day).. They closed the HEART portion of the headlining performance with the hit CRAZY ON YOU It was truly a time machine kind of night for this 'kid"..A++

TWO ENCORES: It began with Nancy announcing into the microphone: "OK, it's time for the Led Zeppelin part of our show, AND we'd like to welcome back to the stage, Mr. Jason Bonham." The 20,000 plus in attendance prepared for the roof of The Susquehanna Bank Center to be blown clear off! 

THE BATTLE OF EVERMORE was first..Roof vibrations began! THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME Into THE RAIN SONG sent the most die hard ZEP' fans into a frenzy! THE OCEAN followed then....I stood up..and teared' up for the amazing, bone-chilling, hair on my back raising anthems KASHMIR into STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN!

STAIRWAY' led by Ann Wilson's powerful vocal and bravado gift' from God closed the show to a massive audience sing-a-long. It has to be the BEST encore performance and finale that I have ever witnessed! A+++++

THANKS to Live Nation concerts, Michael, Rich, Kathy, Cody and Joe for making it a lifetime experience!



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