The Midwest is the heart of rock and roll and when classic rock bands come through, the crowds are always generous.
Lately, Boston and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ Hyper Space Tour hit Noblesville’s Klipsch Music Center for a night that those in attendance will remember for a lifetime.
With just two bands instead of three or four, the night went fairly quick but also allowed each act to play longer than usual, with Joan Jett knocking 12 tracks out of the park and Boston playing 22.
Joan Jett started the night off early with a set that was jam-packed with virtually every major hit she’s ever had. She took some time to talk to the crowd and get them moving and grooving while she strutted and danced around the stage.
Full of energy and charisma, Jett dazzled fans who’d never seen her but also satisfied every expectation the returning fans had going in.
Before too long, it was time for Boston to take over and kick the energy up even further. Opening up with “Rock and Roll Band,” it was clear from the start the band was coming out swinging for the fences and that we were going to get a set loaded with the hits- and that’s exactly what we got.
Frontman Tommy DeCarlo has been with the band just shy of a decade now and has been a more than perfect fit for the band and sound eerily similar to original singer Brad Delp (R.I.P.). Guitarist Tom Scholz can still play at the top of his game and hasn’t lost a step while the rest of the band was on point through the whole show. Classics “Peace of Mind,” “Amanda,” “Smokin’” and “More Than a Feeling” all rounded out the set and were met with thunders of applause before “Foreplay/Long Time” closed out the main set before the band came back out for an encore of “Party.”
In the end, both bands are still as hot as they were in the beginning. They haven’t lost any steam and have even gotten stronger as performers over the years. Whether fans paid for front row or lawn seats, they left with more than they’re money’s worth.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Setlist:
- Victim of Circumstance
- Cherry Bomb(The Runaways cover)
- Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) (Gary Glitter cover)
- Bad Reputation
- You Drive Me Wild (The Runaways cover)
- Light of Day (Bruce Springsteen cover)
- Love Is Pain
- Love Is All Around (Sonny Curtis cover)
- I Love Rock \’n\’ Roll (The Arrows cover)
- Crimson & Clover (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)
- I Hate Myself for Loving You
- Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
- Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay
- Rock & Roll Band
- Feelin\’ Satisfied
- Heaven on Earth
- Peace of Mind
- Cool the Engines
- We\’re Ready
- Don\’t Be Afraid
- Whole Lotta Love(Led Zeppelin cover)
- I Think I Like It
- Don\’t Look Back
- Something About You
- The Launch
- More Than a Feeling
- \”E\” Jam (instrumental)
- To Be a Man
- Foreplay / Long Time