Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart long ago proved they could play heavy metal rock 'n' roll as well as any men. Last night at the Capital Centre they proved they can now play it better than any men -- including Led Zeppelin. But their show never transcended heavy metal and often suffered from the genre's crude overkill.
Ann Wilson possesses one of rock 'n' roll great voices. It carried tremendous force for a high soprano, and when she put her special edge on it, it pierced like finely controlled hysteria. When she shut her eyes, shook her dark, wavy mane and screamed, "I'm cra-ay-ay-azy on you!" there was no doubting her.
Drummer Michael Derosier and rhythm guitarist Nancy Wilson gave the songs an undeniable propulsion. Unfortunately, the songs were unworthy of all attention lavished on them. The lyrics were catch phrases; the same chords were overworked and the beat was metronomic. Not even the four-man horn section could salvage much syncopation.
The opening set featured the Heats from Heart's hometown of Seattle.
The quartet captured the rock-'n'-roll side of the 1964 Beatles with their buoyant harmonies, bright melodies and big beat. Though they avoided the slower and subtler sides of the Beatles, their imitation was more convincing than the Knack's best-selling job. The Heats were joined by Derosier and Nancy Wilson for their Ramones-flavored rendition of "Do Ya Wanna Dance?"