For Heart's Ann Wilson, 60, and Nancy Wilson, 56, a lot has changed since 1977. Back then, Heart had just moved back to the U.S. after several years in Canada, and was comfortably positioned at the upper levels of '70s radio charts, producing classic hard-rock hits like "Crazy On You" and "Barracuda."
After fizzling in the early '80s, in 1985, the band achieved the dream of most slightly outdated bands -- a comeback. The Wilson sisters had bigger hair and a flashier look, and threw a few then-trendy power ballads into their usual guitar-fueled '70s rock 'n' roll; their appropriately named album, Splendid Resurrection, summed up the year for them.
Now, after a six-year hiatus, Heart is back (again) with a national tour and a new album called Red Velvet Car. The album, due out Aug. 31, still sounds decidedly '70s -- in addition to acoustic-based songs, others are fast-paced and dramatically guitar-heavy, just like the band used to be. But despite the throwback sound, hints of modernity creep in, with one song somewhat awkwardly titled "WTF."
Although 2010 probably won't be another 1985 for Heart, the band has kept its career alive for over three decades, and fans heading to Station Square on Fri., Aug. 6, shouldn't expect to see two old grandmas clinging to the past. They'll see two veterans of the music business, who, perhaps surprisingly after so many years, have still got it.
Heart with Eric Baker and The Delaneys. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 6 (doors at 6:30 p.m.). Trib Total Media Amphitheatre, Station Square. $39.50-75. www.tribtotalmediaamp.com or 412-642-1100