Blimp Time-Hop: Heart Is The Hottest Portland Ticket In May 1986
35 years ago this week, the lovely Wilson sisters and company made a stop in Portland as they were riding the wave of a huge comeback.
After moving to their new label Capitol Records in 1985, Ann and Nancy released the album Heart. This was definitely the album to put them back on top, going number one and selling five million copies.
It featured the singles: What About Love”, “Never”, “Nothin’ At All” and “These Dreams” (the only single on the album to go to number one, sung by Nancy).
Heart rocked Blimpsters live 7 times from 1978-1986 (all Portland shows and one Augusta show in '85).
The concert on May 8, 1986 was their third sold-out show at the Civic Center. They returned in 1987 and 1990.
There was also a 1990 summer show at the Ballpark aka SEAPAC in OOB.
Heart returned to Maine after a nearly 20 year wait for fans. The last time they played here was in Bangor on July 23, 2019 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion.
Left to Right: Mark Andes/Bass, Denny Carmassi/Drums, Ann Wilson/Lead Vocals, Nancy Wilson Guitar/Vocals, Howard Leese Guitar/Keyboards
Watch the official video for Never and bask in the awesomeness of all that incredible puffed-up 80s hair!
A while back, the future of Heart became questionable after reports of an assault involving Ann's husband and Nancy's children. Thankfully Ann, Nancy and family are continuing to heal their relationships.
Early in 2019, they announced they were reuniting for the Love Alive tour. They made two stops in Blimpville on that trek, first at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 23 then at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford on July 24.
Ann Wilson rocked Aura in 2018 with a show we will never forget. That very special voice, in that very special Portland venue made for a perfect night. Her vocal power and beautiful tone is like no other.
Check out this fantastic quick fan-shot video of Ann singing Alone.