Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Canada Games Arena @ Crystal Centre
Monday, February 21, 2011

Source #1 16 bit 44.1 khz CD ready "ReMastered" version
from 24 bit 96 khz master recording

Ann Wilson : lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar, flute
Nancy Wilson : acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, mandolin, autoharp, kicks
Craig Bartock : electric and acoustic guitars, background vocal
Debbie Shair : keyboards and effects, background vocal, percussion
Kristian Attard : bass guitar, percussion
Ben Smith : drums and percussion

01 Cook With Fire
02 Heartless
03 What About Love
04 intro - that puts us here
05 Straight On
06 intro - curling rink
07 Dog & Butterfly
08 intro - Nancy that one
09 These Dreams
10 intro - sweeter as it goes
11 Hey You
12 intro - man waiting to happen
13 Desire Walks On
14 Kick It Out
15 intro - down good friend
16 Red Velvet Car
17 Alone
18 W T F
19 Magic Man
20 Crazy On You
21 Barracuda
22 first encore break - band introductions
23 What Is And What Should Never Be
24 Love, Reign o'er Me
25 second encore break
26 Dreamboat Annie

Capture (source 1):
Sound Professionals high SPL modified SP-CMC-9 stereo pair mics (Audio Technica AT898c Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphones mounted inside hat, mics approx. 3 inches above and in front of my ears) > Sound Professionals SP-SPSB-11 battery box mic pre-amp no bass rolloff (16hz setting - off) > Edirol R-09HR line in record level approx 70 @ 24 bit 96 khz > Transcend 8GB SDHC card (24/96 wav files)

Transcend 8GB SDHC card (24/96 master wav files) > HP mini netbook (storage) > external USB harddrive (storage) > Wavelab 5.01b (tracking and "mastering") @ 24bit / 96khz > SoX resampler via Foobar2000 to 44.1 khz > iZotope RX Advanced MBit+ dither to 16 bit > FLAC8 + torrent via TLH > YOU!!!

Channels inverted (misplaced microphones) > Waves Q-10 (slight EQ to more closely resemble what I remember hearing live - low bass boost, mid-high and extreme high shelf boost) > Wavelab Peak limiter @ -0.01db (see Wavelab screencap included to view the mastering settings I used)

Floor center Row 20 Seat 24, sitting and standing.
A small hockey arena, I was almost at center ice.
Seats were slightly left (Nancy side) four chairs off middle.
Some phasing from head / mic movement when standing and being blocked.

Heart's fifth-to-last show on their Canadian tour. My second show of my run. It was a small hockey arena with seats only up the sides - no seats behind the goalies in a game, and no seats in back facing stage. This made the building seem extra wide. I was 20 rows back of almost 30 rows before a large gap and the soundboard at the back of the floor. Perhaps I was 30 feet in front of the board, and a few feet to the left. Very rockin' crowd out to party and have a drink and a good time! I think this was their first good rock show in town for a while, and they were obviously hungry to have a rockin' good time!

The show wasn't quite sold out, but the only seats were far back in corners or touching the roof. It was full enough! A pretty responsive (read: LOUD!) crowd, the band rocked out for them. After the show it took a while for it to hit me that the setlist changed again. Even It Up w./ Gimme Shelter was replaced with Kick It Out. I had thought that perhaps s couple of songs also were played in edited form, like a verse was missing or a chorus cut here or there, but I could be wrong and haven't analyzed this yet.

They were a pretty chatty crowd, though. Cardoid mics rule! I was far back enough to capture both sides of the PA quite well but not too far back to get so much arena echo with these cards. My backup source B using a Boss BA-CS10 and a Zoom H2 sounds like a dual mono omni ambient recording of an audience screaming and cheering while watching a Heart concert, not a Heart concert with an audience! I mean, it sounds alright and if source A didn't exist it might not be too bad at all. By comparison, source B sounds not like the mic was in the same hat as the other mics for source A, but instead it sounds recorded from the corner of the back of the room. There's way more room echo and cheering chattiness on the omni source B recording I made. Source C from my shirt pocketed mono Sansa Fuze with Rockbox recording a 48khz wav file sounds like its stashed in the men's room toilet tank! I've heard bad recordings, and this is one of them. Still technically a full lossless recording, I can share it for you lossless only people! hehehe...

It was super cold in case you weren't there. Heart and crew and Co. had a day off in Grande Prairie the day before this show, and were granted access to the curling rink down the street for some lessons and a game. It sounds like the experience rubbed off on them! Good times in winter in Canada on the road on a day off! Somehow we arrived a little later than I wanted to, and missed some of Carmen Townsend's opening act. It takes time to get set up to racord! haha. She looks promising - I'm gonna love to see her with her rock band someday!

If you have pictures from this show (or any of them) please share and post links to them, or email me copies, please. Feel free to make artworx covers for this show, but again, share with the class, m'kay? Don't bother Re-ReReMastering this show from this source. I will eventually post my un-doctored split master 24 / 96 files of this (and all the other) show(s) so if you want to play with the sound you can do it from a pure source. Speaking of pure sources, please share this show freely, but only share it in lossless file formats only. If you must, pervert the files to eMPty3 for your own use only. Please do not share lossy filesets of this show. Friends don't let friends listen lossy. Never re-encode an eMPty3 back to a .wav file!!! Share data files not audio CDR's. Rip CD's with EAC or other error correcting rippers in secure mode. This is all for your own good, so do it! Thank you.

And stop talking so much during concerts. Pay attention to the artists and shut up, or go out into the lobby to have that discussion! Don't be afraid to stand up and have fun - enjoy yourself, but don't go out of your way to ruin other people's fun. Thanks again!

Still more from this tour to come soon...