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No memory of a hot 1970s afternoon at the lake would be complete without a Heart song on the soundtrack. Seattle's Ann and Nancy Wilson melded soaring, soulful vocals with proto-metal hard rocking guitar jams to create one of popular music's most enduring brands. Bursting onto the mid-'70s scene with signature tunes like "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man," Heart had hit after hit while continuing to showcase the smart guitar chops of Nancy Wilson and the badass vocals and slightly witchy lyrical style of sister Ann. As the 1970s came to a confused, drug-sodden end, Heart seemed poised to fade into memory along with so many other stars of the era. However, the Wilsons emerged victorious in the mid-1980s as a revamped power ballad machine. Super radio smash hits like "Alone," "What About Love" and "These Dreams" retained the basic power of earlier work while nestling comfortably into the niche of Adult Contemporary radio. Now Heart is pumping their rock magic right here in Big D. Let them go "Crazy on You" as Heart plays the House of Blues Monday at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, please visit hob.com/dallas.
Mon., Aug. 23, 7 p.m., 2010
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