A warm and humid evening greeted a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham, Alabama as the Rock Hall Three for All tour with Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Cheap Trick rolled into town.
As the stage lights dropped a huge ovation rose from the jam-packed Amphitheater as 2013, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Heart took to the stage.Â They started out their set blazing with a fiery performance of “Wild Child,” along with “Magic Man,” and “What About Love.”
Heart, whose album Beautiful Broken has been out just a matter of weeks, rolled in a couple of new songs including the title song, “Beautiful Broken,” a wonderfulÂ Neâ€Yo cover of “Two” with Nancy Wilson on lead vocals.
A stripped down rendition of “Alone” with Nancy on acoustic guitar along with Chris on Keyboards and Ann’s powerful vocals resonating thru the summer evening created an intimate and magical moment of the evening.
Heart closed their main set with a ferocious rendition of “Kick It Out” complete with blazing keyboards and Ann’s vocals along with a soaring version of “Crazy on You” and a monstrous performance of “Barracuda” that left the venue a buzz.
The best was yet to come, though, as Heart opened their encore with the familiar power chords of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” They put an exclamation point on this night of classic rock with an explosive finale of “Stairway to Heaven” where everyone in the venue sang the closing line, “And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.”
The Wilson sisters made a big impact with fans at this show. Ann was fantastic; her powerful vocals were both intimate and captivating. Nancy displayed her usual performance chops on both guitar and vocals.
Ann had made a statement during the set about this tour; “These are real bands playing real music.” She was spot on.
Heart is Ann Wilson (vocals), Nancy Wilson (guitar), Ben Smith (drums), Craig Bartock (guitar), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Chris Joyner (keyboards)
Heart’s set list: “Wild Child,” “Magic Man,” “What About Love,” “Even It Up,” “These Dreams” with Nancy Wilson on lead vocals, a Neâ€Yo cover of “Two” with Nancy Wilson on lead vocals, “Straight On,” ” Kick It Out,” “Beautiful Broken,” “Alone,” “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda”. Encore: Led Zeppelin covers of “Immigrant Song” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
Opening the show is rock n’ roll icon and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee,Â Cheap Trick.Â Fans welcomed the band to the stage with a huge ovation.
As they have done for as far back as Budokan in â€˜78, Cheap Trick opens the show with “Hello There,” beginning another memorable performance.
They had to re-start “California Man” because as Rick explained, “I’m 67 years old and I had a brain fart up here,” which brought smiles all around. The performance of “I’m Waiting for the Man” featuring Tom Petersson on lead vocals and his 12-string bass guitar. The deep bass tone and Tom’s voice wafted thru the summer evening air.
Rick was up to his usual antics, including the parade of guitars, with the five-neck black and yellow Hamer and his Beatles guitar. HeÂ relentlessly flicked guitar picks into the crowd. At one point, Rick threw handfuls of picks into the crowd while fans scurried after them,Â hopeful for a souvenir from the show. Bandmates Robin and his “greatest voice in rock n’ roll” and Tom with his 12-string bass were in prime form.
Their 12-song, the hour-long set had the crowd on their feet singing along to Cheap Track’s biggest hits. It is dedicated their following and numerous chart-busting records which reinforce why the band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tonite’s set was “Hello There,” “Big Eyes,” “California Man,” “On Top of the World,” a Dobie Gray cover of “The ‘In’ Crowd,” “If You Want My Love,” The Velvet Underground cover of “I’m Waiting for the Man” featuring Tom Petersson on lead vocals, “The Flame,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,” a Fats Domino cover of “Ain’t That a Shame” with legend Kenny Laguna on the keyboards and ending with “Surrender” a fitting end to what was another classic Cheap Trick set!
2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joan Jett & The Blackhearts provided the main support for the evening starting out their set with a raucous rendition of “Victim of Circumstance.” Joan Jett mentioned that she was watching the crowd from backstage and it looked like we were hot and sweaty and ready to rock. She followed launching into the Runaway’s cover of “Cherry Bomb.”
Joan had the entire venue singing along during the chorus of “Do you Wanna Touch Me.” Taking a moment to tune her guitar, Joan mentioned that the heat makes the guitars loose to which Kenny replied, “it’s close enough for rock n’ roll Joan,” which brought smiles as they launched into the first song Joan ever wrote, “You Drive Me Crazy.”
Joan took a moment before the next number to address the crowd mentioning, “With all of the crazy stuff going on across the country,” she was dedicating “Make it Back” to “those going through a struggle.” It was a memorable show moment.
Joan Jett closed her 14-song set with a fantastic cover of a Sly & The Family Stone song, “Everyday People,” which provided for a poignantÂ end toÂ the show from this much-beloved rock icon of the 70s and 80s.
Joan Jett’s set tonite was “Victim of Circumstance,” The Runaway’s cover of “Cherry Bomb” “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah),” “Bad Reputation,” “TMI” from their most recent album Unvarnished, “You Drive Me Wild,” the Bruce Springsteen cover of “Light of Day,” “Make It Back,” “Love Is Pain,” “Any Weather,” “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” a Tommy James & the Shondells cover of “Crimson & Clover” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” and ending with cover of a Sly & The Family Stone song of “Everyday People.”
Concert Date:Â 20-Sep-2016