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Time Warp, 1990: Soaring Temperatures Leave Heart Fans Overheated

August 1, 2018

July 4, 1990:With temperatures well into the 90s, over 8,000 fans filled Lackawanna County Multi-Purpose Stadium to hear the music of Heart.

Ann and Nancy Wilson performed the songs that made them famous — such as “Barracuda,” “What About Love” and “Crazy on You” — and new songs such as “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” and “Stranded” on this concert stop, part of the “Brigade” World Tour. The other members of the band were Mark Andes, Howard Leese and Denny Carmassi.

With the high heat, emergency medical services worker Carol Karaha said she and her colleagues saw close to 20 people suffering from heat exhaustion. The stadium’s bar, the Hardball Cafe, also did a good business that night because of the heat. The cafe was the only air-conditioned spot and where visitors could buy alcoholic beverages.

The concert was not without controversy. In late June, an official with Moosic Borough informed Stu Green, the concert’s promoter, that he had to post a $25,000 performance bond for the show to cover possible damages to the stadium. On the afternoon of July 4, Moosic Police blocked the entrance to the stadium until Green paid the performance bond. Green put up his money to cover the bond because he said no insurance company would write him a policy.

In a separate issue, Green filed a lawsuit to fight the 10 percent amusement tax Moosic Borough and Riverside School District had recently enacted. Green said this concert should be exempt from the tax because it was booked before the two taxing entities passed the legislation.

Prior to their 1990 appearance, Heart rocked the Catholic Youth Center in Scranton on Aug. 17, 1977, before a crowd of 4,200. The review of the 1977 concert said, “Heart put on a fast-moving, hard rock and roll concert, which pleased the large crowd enough to call the group back for three encores.”

Heart returned again in 2008 and 2011 with performances at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Their 2008 visit came with Cheap Trick and Journey. In 2011, the Wilson sisters shared the stage with Def Leppard.

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bfulton@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9140; @TTPagesPast on Twitter

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