Monday, July 18, 2016

Buried treasures shine anew on Heart's 'Beautiful Broken'

http://www.telegram.com/article/20160717/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/160719666
Not long ago, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson was working on the remastering of vinyl reissues of the band’s albums “Passionworks” and “Bebe Le Strange.”
She couldn’t help noticing several songs that felt like lost gems in Heart’s extensive catalog of music.
“I was listening for the quality control of it all, and those songs like ‘Johnny Moon’ really stuck out to me, stood out,” Wilson said in a mid-June phone interview. “The same with ‘One Word’ and a couple of songs like that. ‘Down On Me’ and ‘Sweet Darlin’ ’ were the other ones that really stood out to me. Those songs are really nice songs. They’re really well crafted, sort of quality songs, and we had sort of forgotten about a lot of those songs. I was like ‘Wow, we really worked hard on those songs.’ We were careful when we were writing them to make them songs of substance.”

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson: Our Life in 15 Songs

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/hearts-ann-and-nancy-wilson-our-life-in-15-songs-20160712
Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Heart Dog and Butterfly Invitation -1978





Bush Gardens, 614 Maynard St, Seattle, WA, 2015

1970's Heart Cake Photo


Nancy Wilson Picture in Article About Musician's Pets


Japanese Magazine -  Rock Show, May 1979

Heart Drummer Ben Smith Interview

http://www.axs.com/save-kplu-benefit-concert-turns-into-hwy-99-blues-celebration-85480
Ben Smith
The Heart band spinoff, The Ann Wilson Thing, recently gave a stellar performance at Tucson’s Rialto Theatre. Veteran drummer, Ben Smith, has been a vital part of Heart for over 22 years. His finesse with the drums has made him the drummer of choice for Ann and Nancy Wilson for many of their musical endeavors over the years. In addition to the Wilsons, Ben has performed with Buddahead, Taj Mahal, Cyndi Lauper, Lovemongers, Pete Droge, Don Gilmore, Tracy Nelson, BoyMeetsGirl, Deniece Williams, Peter Frampton, P.F. Sloan, Cornelius Bumpus, Danny O’Keefe, Sugar Pie de Santos, jazz artists Nancy Wilson, Ernestine Anderson and Glenn Alexander, Phoebe Snow, Def Leppard, Journey, Cheap Trick, Shawn Colvin, Todd Rundgren, and The Songcatchers.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Peek Inside Ann Wilson's Former Seattle Home

1915 Interlaken Dr E, Seattle, WA, 98112

Ann Wilson recently sold long-time secluded Capital Hill.  We have all wondered what was behind that gate in Interlaken Drive.  Now we can seek into her private world.

This is the house mentioned in autobiography Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll
"...A hundred-year-old former hotel and speakeasy that had been renovated into a three-bedroom house..."

From Zollow:

"Amazingly rare, stately residence, total seclusion in the heart of the city, steeped in Seattle history, built 1912 as the entertainment center for Seattle's "socially elite". Private drive to gated entrance, private lush grounds, patios, decks, pool, spa, fireplace. Enter a grand entry, planked original hardwoods, huge formal dining, living, breakfast nook, huge kitchen, parlor, sunroom, Grand Ballroom, sumptuous master, fireplace, en suite with heated floors and view soaking tub. Fabulous location."

https://www.google.com/maps/place/1915+Interlaken+Dr+E,+Seattle,+WA+98112/@47.6365415,-122.3087063,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x549014db91b366a7:0x9facb85d1d12893f
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Live Nation - Backstage Interview



Go backstage with Heart in this exclusive interview as they discuss their 2016 Rock Hall Three for All Tour, life on the road, and more. See them live with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick http://livemu.sc/1S70xbc
Posted by Live Nation on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Heart and Joan Jett - Vancouver, BC

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/03/concert-review-heart-kick-vancouver-photos/
Ann Wilson and the band Herat performed the second of the area shows at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, BC, March 9, 2016

Concert Review: Heart kick it out in Vancouver (PHOTOS)

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Heart rocked a near-capacity crowd at the Orpheum Theatre last night with a great mix of classic hits and sentimental favourites.

The band last graced Vancouver in 2013 with their Home For The Holidays show which featured surprise appearances by Shawn Colvin and Sarah McLachlan. A tough act to follow for sure, but with a tiny bit of help from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as their opening act, Heart may have raised the bar just a little last night.

The Seattle group, fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, have sold tens of millions of albums worldwide and have written some of rock music’s most iconic songs – every kid with a Rock Band or Guitar Hero gaming system in their basement has rocked out to “Barracuda”. It’s fitting then that the Wilsons brought their Queens of Sheba Tour to Vancouver on International Women’s Day, as the sisters have been doing it for themselves for the past five decades.

Singer Ann was clearly in the mood to celebrate the special occasion. “The day of the woman…I think it should be the YEAR of the woman!” she told us before introducing “Even It Up” from Bebe le Strange.

“This is a song written back in the Seventies, when women were clawing for their equality. And of course now we have it 100%, right?”

The Wilsons have have had a long love affair with our city. The band recorded their debut album at Vancouver’s legendary Mushroom Studios and played several long-gone venues around town including the Empire Stadium.

Nancy Wilson in Vancouver, BC
This year marks the 30th anniversary of “These Dreams”, Heart’s very first number one single. Nancy, who performs lead vocal on the track, introduced it last night as “a love song from the 80s” and said “you’ve heard it in elevators, in the doctor’s office, in the library, outside of the library…we brought it with us because we love it. It’s a love song about the concept of being in love.”

The sisters then performed a soft, sparse new track called “Two”, which was written by R&B superstar Ne-Yo for the television show Empire (Nancy Wilson’s husband Geoff Bywater is a music supervisor on the show). Nancy sounded just fine on lead but the song really came alive when Ann chimed in on background vocals. “This is my favourite Heart song as of right now” said a woman behind me to no one in particular.

Halfway through the show, Ann took a moment to acknowledge the passing of Beatles’ producer George Martin who died earlier in the day. “He was a brilliant guy,” she said of Martin, “and now he’s gone on to something even better. He’s part of us forever, so we’re going to do this song for George Martin. We’re gonna celebrate his life and say ‘good luck on your journey’.” The band then launched into “Sand” from 2010’s pretty good Red Velvet Car album.



Heart alternated between big and medium-sized hits all night but pretty much ignored their entire post-1990 catalogue, depriving Vancouver the chance to sing lyrics like “I am the flower, you are the seed/we walked in the garden and planted a tree” in unison. Power ballads “Alone” and “What About Love?” were performed, but the rest of the setlist was comprised of rocking tunes from Heart’s prolific 1970s period.

Kick ass versions of “Crazy On You”, “Magic Man”, and “Heartless” made the cut, and so did a little James Brown courtesy of a few lines of “Get Up Offa That Thing” during “Straight On”.
As they do with most tours, Heart closed the show with a trio of Led Zeppelin covers – Vancouver got “Misty Mountain Hop”, “No Quarter” and a raucous take on “Immigrant Song”. Ann took Robert Plant’s already-great vocal to new heights as Nancy shredded away on guitar.

The Zeppelin tribute is certainly a must-see for anyone who hasn’t been to a Heart concert, but after having seen them perform live many, many times, I would’ve killed for a little more 80s and 90s cheese instead of the covers. And judging by some of the hairstyles I saw in the lineup for tour merchandise, a lot of my fellow Heart fans were clearly influenced by the band’s iconic videos from that era.

I get ditching “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You”, but to never do “Never” is, well, heartless.
Fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts opened the show with a loud, unremarkable 45-minute set. “I Love Rock n’ Roll” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You” had some of the crowd singing along but boring newer tracks like “Any Weather” and “TMI” tested the patience of even the most loyal Joan Jett fan.

Much better was a brief acoustic set by Serena Pryne and Nick Lesyk of Ontario’s Mandevilles, who performed songs from their latest album Windows and Stones.The Queens of Sheba Tour plays Prince George on Thursday and Dawson Creek on Friday. Tickets for both shows are available here.
 


From the Vancouver Sun - Review: Queens of rock Heart and Joan Jett shake up Vancouver

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Heart's Ann Wilson - How A Nasty Comment Inspired Barracuda

http://www.good4utah.com/news/how-a-nasty-comment-inspired-hearts-barracuda
Heart's Ann Wilson sat down with The Professor to explain how an offensive comment pushed her write the band's most legendary song.
 
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