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When Heart and drummer Jason Bonham performed Led Zeppelin tunes at the December 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, they made an impression - on Robert Plant, who teared up, and on Live Nation big-wigs, who saw gold in that there performance.
As Jason Bonham (son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) told Guitar International, "There was a definite sense, between myself, the girls and their manager, that this was very cool and we should do it again."
When Live Nation, too, wanted to find a way to recapture that moment, a summer tour was born.
The show, which stops at Mohegan Sun Arena tonight, is divided among Zeppelin and Heart classics. Here's how it all breaks down: Bonham's The Zeppelin Experience starts first, playing for about 45 minutes. Then Heart comes onstage for an hour or so. To wrap it all up, Bonham and his guitar player team up with Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson for a Led-heavy final segment.
Heart, by the way, is fresh off being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and having a high-charting album - their 2012 "Fanatic" made its way into the Billboard Top 25.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
Heart, 7:30 tonight, Mohegan Sun Arena; with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience; $36; mohegansun.com.