Published Jul 06, 2007The sign on the drum set at centre stage read "Love Rules, and for 1,500 Heart fans crammed into the Avalon Ballroom Theatre at Niagaras Fallsview Casino Resort for the first of two shows, love ruled loudly. Some people in the crowd took time to get in the mood, perhaps thinking that they shouldnt have left that run of good luck at the tables or at the slots. But for everyone else the anticipation and excitement was palpable, and the Wilson sisters with their energetic band did not disappoint. For an uninterrupted 90 minutes Ann Wilson commanded the stage. The set powered up immediately with "Magic Man, "Little Queen and "Straight On, applause and cheers greeting the opening chords of each familiar song. In the venues intimate confines the dynamism of Anns voice was undeniable: a powerhouse on "Love Alive and "Bebe Le Strange and surprisingly supple and sweet in the harmonies of "Dog & Butterfly. Like the younger sister waiting for her moment to step out from behind the older sibling, Nancy Wilson took charge with the evocative "These Dreams; her soft vocals were then surprisingly echoed in Anns "Alone, which built emotionally from quiet reflection to anguished power. The audience, hoarse from singing along with every word and shouting appreciation, danced in the aisles as the set ended with a driving "Barracuda and "Crazy On You. After a three-song encore, the crowd was still chanting, reluctant to leave without hearing one of Hearts signature songs, "Dreamboat Annie to which the Wilsons appreciatively obliged, closing the show with this haunting ballad.