Jimmy and I went to see Heart perform at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. We haven't been to a concert in the Bay Area in a long time but I'm hoping that will all change.
The Mountain Winery is an awesome venue, on top of a hill in the Santa Cruz Mountains with amazing views of the South Bay. We've never been up there before, which is a shame because it's so close. There's a restaurant at the winery and you can have the option of enjoying a 3-course gourmet meal before the performance. We weren't able to because I just got the tickets 2 weeks ago and dinner reservations are booked as soon as tickets go on sale. But we've certainly made a mental note of it for future reference.
Jimmy has listened to Heart since he was 7 years old. But this was the first time he's seen them in concert. When he lived in San Diego in the late 70's, he remembers they played at the Padre's Stadium, which seats 50,000 people. This was a much more intimate performance with about 2000 people. And we were in the 13th row, dead center. He knew all the words to all of the songs except 3 solo songs: 2 new songs from Ann Wilson, the other by her sister, Nancy. They also covered 2 Led Zeppelin songs and one song from The Who. I was familiar with most of the songs, but couldn't sing along flawlessly. But my favorite song of the evening was "Dreamboat Annie" which was the last song they played for the night during their 2nd encore. It was a perfect way to end the evening. Also loved Barracuda, Crazy On You and Magic Man. An added bonus was the cool weather and the full moon in the sky.
I wasn't sure if I could or couldn't bring my camera. I had a feeling I couldn't but put it in my jacket pocket...ya know...just in case. A blog post is so much more interesting with photos afterall. But they're not amateurs and I am, so I had to leave it at will call.
I'll leave you with the lyrics to Dreamboat Annie
Heading out this morning into the sun
Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin' one
Warm wind caress her
Her lover it seems
Dreamboat Annie my little ship of dreams
Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd
No one knows the lonely one whose head's in the clouds
Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles
Heading out to somewhere won't be back for a while