Heart at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/14/2013

Categories: Last Night

Photos by Jim Bricker
Heart, Jason' Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 14, 2013

You know, Wednesday night proved that the boys that could learn a thing or two from the ladies in Heart on how to rock the hell out. Those Wilson sisters are freakin' awesome from head to badass toe.

From the moment Heart hit the stage, following an amazingly rad set from Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience (who we'll get to later), they were some ass-kickin', vocal slaying, guitar- and mandolin-shredding musicians, and it was so refreshing to see a pair of women who rocked as fuckin' hard as they did. Seriously. It renewed my faith about just how strong women can be as musicians. No gimmicks, all rock and roll.

Opening with a sudden burst of their 1977 hit "Barracuda," before the lights even came up to illuminate the stage, Ann Wilson's voice was as unique and recognizable as it always has been. She's arguably one of the best rock vocalists around, female or not, and that velvety wail was thankfully as goose bump-inducing live as it is on albums, right from the start.

Nancy Wilson, Heart's instrumental mastermind, was right behind her sister, shredding the shit out of her guitar, and as the two sisters tore apart that song -- Ann with her flawless vocals, and Nancy with those epic guitar riffs -- it was apparent that these ladies were long overdue for this year's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I mean, really? What the hell took so long? One song in, and these ladies had proven themselves to be the real deal. That induction should have happened many years ago, but I digress.

As they launched into the next song, "Heartless," it was pretty obvious that the crowd, along with these badass ladies, meant business. Every single person in that massive amphitheatre was out of their seats and playing air guitar along with Nancy, while half of us were juggling an air-guitar/hairbrush/bathroom-mirror-singing combo, completely immersed in Heart's catalog.

I had to wonder if it's ever strange for them to look out among the crowd and seeing this massive sea of people doing a piss-poor job of replicating their skills (myself included; I'm not judging), but it was kind of awesome to know (as an audience member and voyeur) just how into the music everyone was. No one cared about how ridiculous they looked. They just jammed.

The review continues on the next page.

Location Info


Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music


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I closed my eyes and it was the 70's again. The whole concert just blew me away. I saw Heart with Jefferson Starship and really didnt know who they were then. Yea, that changed pretty quickly. Then last night, the same energy and talent from Nancy and the pipes of Ann, well folks, if you were not there, you missed a show. The encore? left me speechless. Hey Angelica, could you pass along the song list for the whole evening? That would be great, thanks.

MadMac topcommenter

The Mrs. and I enjoyed the show thoroughly. Mostly because in over 20 years of concert going, this was the most energetic and engaged audience, I've ever seen. I as skeptical of Jason Boham but what he lacks in skill, he makes up for in genuine enthusiasm. Great review, Ms. Leicht, I agree with e'rything.

Els RS
Els RS

Random Notebook Dump: That "Stairway to Heaven" cover was damn near spiritual, and I found that to be entirely ironic.


@MadMac You and the missus always make it to the best concerts, MadMac. I need to start following you around. You seem to know what you're doing when it comes to choosing shows. It'll save me a lot of bad music headaches. :)


Thanks!! But...I think "When the Levee Breaks" is missing from the list?

MadMac topcommenter

Well, my AARP discount does bring all the girls to the yard. Oh, but have I picked some turkey's, too. In 2010, Van Morrison did about a 90 minute set that I don't remember at all--no, I don't drink, it was that uninspired--and was out before 21:30. No encore, no audience interaction, it was a real, "Goodbye and thanks for all the fish," moment.    

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