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Legendary Rock Group HEART "Kicks It Out" at the Amphitheatre

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Hearts Rocks The St Augustine Amphitheater With Their Fanatic Live Tour

The legendary, Seattle rock group Heart played to a sold out audience at the St Augustine Amphitheatre last Saturday night. Coming right off  the heals of a “GRAMMY Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock” cruise, the band headed up the interstate from Miami to close the night out with a party in St Augustine. Their new album “Fanatic” had the band on the road once again…and what a party it was!

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Brynn Marie sings to the crowd

The crowd was electric and on their feet throughout the night. The evening opened with singer / songwriter Brynn Marie. A little bit country and a little bit rock & roll, Brynn comes from Nashville by way of Pennsylvania. Opening for Heart was another feather in Brynn’s hat. Brynn had the opportunity to open for other country music artists such as LeAnne Rimes and Darius Rucker as well as country music legend, Loretta Lynn. Brynn served her country in a special way by performing in the middle of the “war zone” in the Middle East with the Armed Forces Entertainment Tour.

You can’t help but shake your body with Brynn’s hit song “Bandaid On A Bullet Hole” and Brynn most definitely had the crowd jammin along with her beautiful vocal arrangements. Brynn’s parents, who were in the audience, came all the way from Pennsylvania to see their daughter “kick it out” and Brynn proved to be a real professional.

Heart took the stage with a bang out version of Barracuda which was voted as one of the best hard rock songs of all time by VH1. After 40 years of performing, Ann and Nancy once again did not disappoint. Ann belted out the lyrics while Nancy tore it up on the guitar with the familiar Barracuda riff, strutting like she was 21 years old. The crowd was on their feet “rockin’” and they never gave up.

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Nancy Wilson plays the guitar on the St Augustine stage

Playing a variety of hits from throughout their 40 year career, Ann and Nancy brought everyone in the audience back to the day, making us all feel young again. “Dreamboat Annie” had the whole audience singing along and with their hits “Magic Man” and “Crazy On You” Ann’s voice was amazing and she surely did, as Ann says “sing her soul to the sky” on every song. It is understandable why Rolling Stone Magazine said that Ann and Nancy Wilson are two of the most influential women in the history of rock music.

As the evening wore on, Ann and Nancy continued to be right on their game and you would never guess the two women are in their sixties. Nancy was a pioneer and one of the first females to pick up an electric guitar and jam original songs onstage. Nancy played the guitar as if it is an extension of her body and after 40 or more years it probably is. Having had to overcome many obstacles in the male-dominated field of rock and roll, these two women have lasted the test of time, paving the way for other female musicians. In 2013 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bestowed the honor on Heart and the band was most deservedly induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the delight of their fans and fellow musicians.

The audience was not only treated to Heart’s original compositions, the band also played pieces from their early influences: the Beatles “Let Me Roll It” and a real throwback treat, Robin Trower’s “Day of the Eagle.” When the show came to an end, the band payed homage to Led Zeppelin. Although they did not play the anticipated “Stairway to Haven,” Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, “No Quarter”and “Misty Mountain Hop” closed out the set to a full house once again brought to their feet. Not even the pitter-patter of the  rain could keep the fans away.

Not realizing where their music would take them when they began, Ann and Nancy have changed the direction of music for humanity and for the world by doing what they loved. Heart has sold more than 30 million records and has been nominated for four Grammy awards. With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ann and Nancy have proven that with talent, persistence and hard work along with the love and dedication of family nothing is impossible.