Niagara Gazette — This year marks the 40th anniversary of an event that would change rock music forever. In 1974, Nancy Wilson joined her sister Ann to form the nucleus of Heart. Since then, not a decade has passed without Heart emerging on the charts — all of their 15 studio albums of original material have cracked the top 100 — and 30 million albums later, Heart remains a force to be reckoned with as a live act.
Heart returns to Western New York tonight for a long sold-out performance at the Seneca Niagara Casino’s Events Center. The last time they played in the area was when they sold out Artpark in 2012.
Even in the mere 19 months since Heart played Artpark, a lot has happened, not the least of which was their long overdue induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As a testament to their live prowess, the band just released their sixth live album, “Fanatic Live from Caesar’s Coliseum,” (which is also available as a DVD) and it finds the current band in top form, incorporating the rawness associated with the Seattle sound, and bold new arrangements of classic Heart songs.
“We have been together for a long time and we have come to this place musically where we know each other so well — not just Nancy and I but all of us — it’s just a darn fine little band. We are just like a bar band, we can play a big place or a little place and we play our butts off,” Ann said during a recent phone interview.
At center stage is Ann and her voice that sends chills down your spine. Hearing her sing on a recording only offers a glimpse of her vocal prowess and her ability to connect with her audience.