A trifecta of Rock N Roll Royalty reigned down on St Louis. Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart all on the same bill, what more could a girl ask for?
All rock legends that have earned their well-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I feel so blessed to have seen all three of these legendary performers; the icing on the cake was that it was in one too short of an evening.
Cheap Trick was the first act to take the stage, and they did not disappoint. They played all of their well-known classics… Surrender, I Want You to Want Me, Dream Police, along with When I Wake Up Tomorrow from their recently released album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello. Robin Zander’s voice was as strong as ever which has the crowd amazed. Rick Neilson threw out handfuls of guitar picks to gracious fans. Neilson’s custom guitar choices are always showstoppers; the iconic black and white checkered Hamer Standard is my favorite. In addition to the high energy performance of the band, the sign language interpreters were putting on an entertaining show. Their enthusiasm was absolutely infectious.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts exploded the stage with Cherrybomb. Joan, clad in her all black leather ensemble, looked amazing with her contrasting white Gibson Melody Maker in hand! Joan gave a shout out to her close friend Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and co-collaborator on Any Weather. The audience was longing for more and Joan & Co. didn’t hesitate to deliver. They ripped through their catalog of hits to include, Bad Reputation, Do You Wanna Touch Me, and I Love Rock & Roll. Beautiful renditions of Everyday People and Crimson & Clover were added to the setlist for good measure. Finishing with I Hate Myself for Loving You, had the crowd primed and ready to keep rocking the night away. It’s hard to believe Joan is 57; she rocked the stage with the spirit of a young teen performing with The Runaways. After Joan’s stage departure, I couldn’t decide if I had found my new idol or newest girl crush.
Up next, the ladies of Heart decided to blast us with Wildchild and it was quite evident we were in store for quite a show. The stage dynamic of Ann & Nancy Wilson together is truly magical. The voices of angels with the power to rock! Ann’s mystical vocals and stage presence had the audience spellbound. Nancy’s guitar solos were played with absolute precision, and I among others were in total awe of her ability. So many hits to perform in limited time. Included were, Straight On, Kick It Out, Crazy On You, Barracuda, and Jump, a track from the recent release of Beautiful Broken. Magic Man was the one to shut it down, and the ladies did exactly that. I have been a fan of this group for over three decades, and I feel so grateful to have been able to experience the insane talents of these beautifully gifted women.
I’m very thankful to have seen this Rock Hall Three For All! I can officially check this one off of the bucket list with complete satisfaction and would strongly encourage everyone else to do the same.