Being the lead singer of a famous band requires nerves of steel, a surplus of swagger, and the patience to endure Cleveland’s rambling, uncomfortably personal answer to “How you doin’ tonight, Cleveland?” Catch master showmen in their element with this GrouponLive deal.
- One G-Pass to see Heart with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
- When: Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: DTE Energy Music Theatre
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $15 for general-admission access to the lawn (up to a $25.45 value)
- $25 for rear-pavilion seating (up to a $51.40 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
Heart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April and has its own exhibit, but the story of siblings Ann and Nancy Wilson might well deserve its own wing. When their debut album, Dreamboat Annie, hit shelves in 1976, the group was an anomaly in a scene populated mainly by headbanging male rockers. But when radio unleashed “Magic Man,” Nancy’s chain-smoking guitar riff and Ann’s voice—alternating between folky ’70s sweetness and a mic-singeing wail—began to change the hard-rock landscape for good.
Over the next decade, the band continued to crank out then-hits and current karaoke staples such as “Barracuda” and “Crazy on You,” often luring listeners in with sweet acoustic strumming before swinging their hard-rock wrecking ball. Their success spilled over into the ’80s and ’90s with monster ballads such as the band’s first number-one single “These Dreams.” In 2010, Red Velvet Car, a return to their two-fisted roots, sailed to the top of the charts, and they followed it up with last year’s Fanatic, whose title track contains one of Nancy’s crunchiest riffs to date. On tour supporting the album as well as their new memoir, Kicking & Dreaming, the band soars through a set list that spans their entire career.<p>
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Stepping out of your father’s shadow can be hard, especially when he can cast it while sitting on a tiny stool. For drummer Jason Bonham—the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham—the inevitable comparisons used to irk him. He recently told Spinner.com, “At some point I got sick of people calling me Bonzo junior.” As time wore on, however, he began embracing his dad’s legacy, later remarking, “But now that I’m older and wiser, I’m just honored to be mentioned in the same breath.” After handling the drums for the sporadic Led Zeppelin reunions over the years, Bonham decided to commemorate the band and its fans with a meticulously conceived tribute concert that re-created the experience of a classic Zeppelin show.
With the blessing of singer Robert Plant, Bonham assembled a talented crew of musicians and set to work creating a live experience that Rolling Stone praised for its “state-of-the-art lighting and effects, dazzling video treatments and a crisp, thundering sound.” Between passionate renditions of such classics as “Kashmir,” “When the Levee Breaks,” and the extended drum solo of “Moby Dick,” home video from Bonham’s childhood provides a poignant window into his relationship with his father.<p>