Heart stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night and treated fans to a cover of Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Band on the Run,” which they recently recorded for the all-star tribute compilation, The Art of McCartney.
The band presented a slightly more stripped-down and streamlined rendition of McCartney’s 1973 hit. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson crooned beautifully between a faithful recreation of the song’s side-winding synth line before gleefully crashing into the track’s crunchy middle section. Replacing the big brass blast that introduces the final section with a three guitar assault, the Wilson sisters breezed through the rest of the rousing song, which Ann capped off with a particularly hearty wail.
Heart also stuck around for a performance of their ferocious classic, “Crazy On You.”
In October, Heart linked up with the Foo Fighters for a performance of their 1977 track, “Kick It Out” during the latter’s weeklong residency on The Late Show With David Letterman. In return, Heart recorded a raw, spirited version of the Foos’ 2005 track, “No Way Back” in their dressing room during a tour stop in Texas.
“We wanted to give something back to them,” Ann Wilson told Rolling Stone. “Just to say thank you. It’s the perfect HOOT song and worked well with the esoteric instruments we had around. It’s a classic ripper with good melodies, great lyrics and perfect for hair-flipping.”
At the time, Ann said she hoped Heart would get the chance to perform with the Foo Fighters again, but added, “it has to be the perfect thing.” That perfect thing, it turns out, will be the Foo Fighters’ special July 4th concert at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.. The show not only kicks off the Foos’ massive tour in support of their latest album, Sonic Highways, but doubles as a 20th anniversary celebration. Along with Heart, the concert will feature appearances from Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, LL Cool J with DJ Z-Trip, Trouble Funk and Trombone Shorty.