It has been said that love bites, love bleeds, love begs, love pleads and… it's what I need. Oh yeah, it's been said by far greater geniuses than ours. Def Leppard, Warrant, Poison, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Heart, Journey, and even Guns N' Roses, on occasion, reached for that pinnacle of human experience and distilled all of its timeless yearning, devotion, and outrage into one perfect rock formula. This emotional vocal escalation echoed by an ever-increasing instrumental salvo is known as the power ballad. You can sniff and turn up your nose but, oooh baby, if you've got love in your sights, watch out because every night has its dawn, and every Valentine's Day has its Power Ballad Sing-A-Long. From coast to coast, there's no denying this is way real Americans with real heart express their hopes and dreams on a holiday meant to vanquish the foes of Hallmark. So grab your Zippo and your best friend and prepare to sing yourself hoarse to the greatest earworms of all time.
Fri., Feb. 14, 9 p.m., 2014