Heart, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett
August 24, 2016
All photos by Raymond Ahner.
Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Cheap Trick have joined forces this summer for the “Rock Hall Three For All” tour, which is less of a tour and more of a celebration of all three bands being recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And if their recent stop at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View was any indication, all three bands show no signs of slowing it down or hanging it up quite yet.
Cheap Trick hit the stage first, the the crowd still filtering to their seats at Shoreline, but then out of their seats and down to the front of the stage. Led by front man Robin Zander, who was dressed to the kill in his Dream Police costume, the band put on their usual high energy set, highlighted by “Need Your Love,” “The In Crowd,” and “The Flame.” Guitarist Rick Nielsen teased and provoked the fans by flinging guitar picks at them, leaving no one in the venue without a smile on their face. Of course no Cheap Trick set would be complete without their biggest hits, and the band did not disappoint, delivering “Dream Police,” “I Want You to Want Me,” and “Surrender” to their fans that clearly wanted more.
Joan Jett and her Blackhearts were up next, and she and the band tore through an hour-long set that included all the songs that made her an obvious choice for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as a punk rock icon. From the glam of the Runaways “Cherrybomb” and “You Drive Me Wild,” to “I Love Rock and Roll” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” they belted out a no nonsense set that, while highly entertaining, seemed to end just as fast as it started.
Although the evening had started to cool down after the sun set and a slight breeze blew through the amphitheater, Heart walked onto the stage and promptly warmed things back up. Opening with ‘Wild Child,” sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson commanded the stage like it was 1976 again, and classics “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” and “Kick It Out” all sounded just as good as they did back then. Ann can still hit those high notes, while Nancy still has that Jimmy Page swagger she has always had. And speaking of Jimmy Page, Heart closed out their set with rousing renditions of “Immigrant Song” and “Stairway To Heaven.”
Although all three bands have been performing for decades, the Rock Hall Three For All tour simply showed that they all sound better than ever. The Rock Hall of Fame induction was clearly warranted.
Here’s a slideshow with more photos by Raymond Ahner of Cheap Trick and Heart:
Setlist: Setlist: Hello There | Oh, Candy | Stiff Competition | Taxman, Mr. Thief | You’re All Talk | Need Your Love | The ‘In’ Crowd (Dobie Gray cover) | I’m Waiting for the Man (The Velvet Underground cover) (with ‘Heroin’ snippet) | The Flame | I Want You to Want Me | Dream Police | Surrender | Goodnight
For more information about Cheap Trick, check out their website.
Photos by Raymond Ahner:
Setlist: Wild Child | (Romeo’s Daughter cover) | Magic Man | What About Love (Toronto cover) | Even It Up | These Dreams | Two (Ne‐Yo cover) | Straight On (with ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’ (James Brown) intro) | Kick It Out | Beautiful Broken | Alone (I-Ten cover) | Crazy on You | Barracuda || Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover) | Stairway to Heaven
Check out Heart on their website.
Photos by Raymond Ahner:
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts:
Bad Reputation | Cherry Bomb (The Runaways cover) | Do You Wanna Touch Me? | TMI | You Drive Me Wild (The Runaways cover) | Light of Day (Bruce Springsteen cover) | Fragile | Love Is Pain | Fake Friends | Any Weather | I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (The Arrows cover) | Crimson & Clover (Tommy James & the Shondells cover) | I Hate Myself for Loving You ||Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
Find out more about Joan Jett and the Blackhearts here.