Here is the complete video of Alone at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. One more night left of one of the best Heart tours EVER! Love Rules 2007!
6/17 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
6/18 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheater
6/20 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater
6/21 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/22 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
6/24 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
6/25 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
6/27 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center – Mansfield MA
6/29 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/2 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/3 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden
7/4 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
7/19 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater
7/21 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown
7/22 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
7/27 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
7/29 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival
7/30 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
8/1 West Allis, WI Wisconsin State Fair
8/14 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/15 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/17 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/18 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theater
8/20 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
8/22 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
8/23 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
8/24 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
8/26 San Diego, CA Open Air Theater
8/28 San Francisco, CA America’s Cup Pavilion
8/30 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheater
Here is the complete video of Alone at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. One more night left of one of the best Heart tours EVER! Love Rules 2007!
Idealism is at Heart of it all
Singer weaves some Hope and Glory into band show
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Heart In Concert
Where and when: River Rock Show Theatre tonight; Red Robinson Show Theatre tomorrow. Both shows at 8 p.m.
After more than 30 years as co-founder of Heart, Ann Wilson finally has made a solo album, Hope and Glory.But not just any solo album. This one throws a few curves. There is nothing unusual about a record of cover versions but Wilson mixes the old ("We Gotta Get Out of This Place") with the new (Neil Young's "War of Man"), displays an eclectic taste (Pink Floyd's "Goodbye Blue Sky" to Lucinda Williams's "Jackson"), reaches back (Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song") and looks forward (in the one new Wilson song, "Little Problems, Little Lies") Most of the selections are duets: With Sir Elton John, k.d. lang, Wynonna Judd, Alison Krauss, Rufus Wainwright and sister Nancy. Add Wilson's sincerity and her sensitive readings -- as opposed to the bravura, scenery-chewing emotiveness that might be expected of someone often thought of as a rock 'n' roll belter -- and Hope and Glory justifies the long wait. Wilson really knows herself.
"I don't understand when I'm asked why the album is all covers," she wonders. "They are songs that mean a lot to me and I'm a singer."
They also are united by a theme. Hope and Glory isn't a concept album but it has idealism as its anchor and guide. A person, say that person of John Lennon's "Isolation," might be in a hole but there is the light of "Get Together," there might be the inner turmoil of "War of Man" but, as "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" (with Wynonna) swears, "Girl, there's a better life for you and me."
"The idea of the duets came up with the album being thematic," Wilson explains. "I could hear Alison Krauss as the voice of the angel (on "War of Man"). With Wynonna that could have worked or not worked, but I was thinking of Wynonna's history (her impoverished childhood). To me, it worked.
"Zepheads will kill you," she continues, referring to "Immigrant Song." When Heart was still based in Vancouver during the 1970s, the band did several Led Zeppelin songs. "But I've had good feedback."
If going back to "Immigrant Song" is a return to Heart's roots, other songs were nostalgic.
"Lots of nostalgia," Wilson agrees. "Like the two Jesse Colin Young songs. I had to swallow hard a few times. Like the John Lennon song, 'Isolation.' That's dear to me."
The unfortunate thing about looking back, though, is that often a song that was relevant 30 years ago is still relevant now.
"Well, it was disturbing," she says, "and that's the whole theme of the album. We're still recycling the same things, the same way. It asks, 'Can we move on?'"
A few of the solo-album songs figure in the current Heart show. The band made a decision in 2001 not to work as hard as it used to but still is very active. Heart is Ann and Nancy Wilson, Ben Smith, Craig Bartok, Rick Martinet and Debbie Share.
"We have a really nice band right now," Wilson notes. "We're doing songs from my LP and it works. The band can play anything. Nobody wants to go anywhere."
Soccer moms with Heart still rock
By Theresa Tayler
Mon, October 29, 2007
Ann and Nancy Wilson might just be the two coolest soccer moms at the PTA meeting.These two rockers have been dancing to the beat of their own drum set for the past three decades as the soul of Heart.
You've got to give these two women a lot of street cred -- while trends in music have come and gone since they first hit the stage in the mid '70s, they've remained dedicated to making the kind of radio-friendly rock music they love.
The Wilson's own elementary-school-age children will probably be heading right into junior high as their classmates begin rooting through parent's record collections and discovering Heart classics such as Dream Boat Annie (1976).In fact, while the audience at their sold-out concert last night at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium was primarily made up of banging baby boomers, it was also peppered with a number of teens and 20-somethings.
The band hasn't had a sizable hit since the early '80s, but that hasn't deterred them from putting out a steady roster of solid music -- whether it be as Heart, as solo acts, or with their acoustic project, The Lovemongers, which includes Seattle songwriter Sue Ennis.
Maybe it's their contributions to recent sound tracks from movies such as the Virgin Suicides, or video game Guitar Hero, that brought out the young'ns last night, or perhaps it's the solid tunes that have endured (and endeared) them to multiple generations.
Last night at the Jube, Heart blasted everything out -- from classics such as Magic Man, to a few songs from Ann Wilson's new solo endeavor, Hope and Glory -- including John Lennon's Isolation.Ann's powerhouse pipes are as strong as they ever were, and Nancy has only honed her impressive guitar and mandolin skills with time.The two siblings were decked out in their best all black, gypsy-esch, looking blouses.
Highlight of the evening: seeing Ann step on to stage wearing cozy fitting "ugg" boots under her long flowing black cape. A girl's gotta' be comfy when she's rockin' out.
Backed by guitarist Craig Bartock, bassist Ric Markmann, drummer Ben Smith and keyboardist Debbie Shair, Ann and Nancy delivered a night of classic rock to remember.
Heart singer Wilson still has pipes to rock
Ann Wilson has been rocking out for 30 years or more, but that rare, unique, unbelievable voice sounds like it was born yesterday. Sweet, gravelly, big and beautiful, her power is unmatched and she proved it Friday night. Read the full article here.
Thanks Heartarcher from the Heart Boards! You can also read about it at the Heartlinker.
Heart Monger enchantgy took some photos of the Saskatoon show! Pretty amazing pics :). Check them all out here.
In a Recent interview with The Vancouver Sun, Ann Wilson gets to the point with her opinion on war, the next president, and her solo album Hope & Glory. I found it to be quite insightful.
"I wouldn't say it's specifically anti-war, but it does hold a mirror up to patterns that continue to happen over and over and over and over. And that's my gripe here," she said over the phone from her home in Seattle.
"This is a humanist album . . . the Bob Dylan song, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, was written back during the Cuban missile crisis in the early '60s, but it resonates today just like it was written yesterday."
As suggested by her song choices, Ann is not overly optimistic about the future, but she is buoyed by her hope that the United States will soon have a female president and that change -- of one kind or another -- is inevitable.
"Even if the same people that made the last fiasco happen make another fiasco happen, it's going to be a different fiasco. It's going to change. But it's not going to be that way. I really think we're going to have a woman president," she said.
Regardless of changes in politics and on the world stage, Ann Wilson does not see an absolute end to war in the near future, nor does she see an end to her career as a musician.
Heart is getting ready to record another album and Ann will continue to promote her solo album for a while.
"I'm just wearing a couple of hats and spinning them around. And it feels good."
This interview was initially posted on the Heartlinker. Read the Complete article here.
Heart still pumping out that classic rock'n' roll
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Casino Regina Show Lounge
Whoever coined the phrase "classic rock" must have had the epiphany after listening to Heart.
Powered by Ann and Nancy Wilson -- the lone remaining original members of the band -- Heart delivered a scintillating show Thursday to a capacity crowd at the Casino Regina Show Lounge.
Dipping deep into its treasure chest of hits, Heart snatched the crowd's attention early and kept it firmly in its grasp for the 75-minute, 15-song performance.
Blasting out of the starting gate with "Magic Man," "Little Queen" and "Straight On," Heart had the crowd in its clutches from the opening notes.
Whatever the expectations of the fans, it was evident Heart was prepared to deliver the goods.
Time often takes its toll on a singing voice but after more than 30 years in the music business, Ann Wilson still owns a stunning voice. As much as her range and tone are impressive, what sets her apart from the pack is her power. There is no doubt that she is a rock-and-roll singer.
After "Love Alive," Heart delivered a delicious cover of Tom Petty's "You Wreck Me." As Ann so aptly pointed out after the tune, "Nancy really busted out on that one."
Nancy took ownership of the song with sweet vocals and an amped-up guitar that would have left Petty jealous.
Ann returned to the spotlight with a couple of songs from her new solo album Hope & Glory.
"War of Man," a Neil Young cover, and "Isolation," a John Lennon cover, fit perfectly into the set.
By this point, it was obvious that the show was much more than just music for Heart. Ann and Nancy played with passion and fire, and the rest of the band -- guitarist Craig Bartock, bassist Ric Markmann, drummer Ben Smith and keyboardist Debbie Shair -- followed their lead. It's a cliche to say that a band is tight, but Heart was just that.
Nancy broke out her mandolin for "These Dreams" and when the band segued into "Alone," a wonderful ballad from the Bad Animals album, you could've heard a pin drop in the Show Lounge as the audience soaked up every note.
Ann's consummate skills as a frontman were in full display and at times it almost appeared as if she was performing in a trance. She was lost in the music, letting it wash over her. She wasn't merely singing -- the music appeared to be emanating from her soul.
Heart wrapped up the set with "Barracuda" and "Crazy On You," which brought the crowd to its feet. Shouting a quick goodbye to the audience, Ann caught the crowd off guard by leading the band off stage. One hour of music certainly wasn't enough, and after three or four minutes of constant encouragement from the crowd, Heart returned to the stage.
It was only fitting that the band pounded out "Immigrant Song" and "Black Dog," a pair of Led Zeppelin classics, as during Heart's rise to fame in the 1970s Ann was considered the female equivalent to Robert Plant.
The comparison is still valid.
After another quick exodus from the stage, Heart returned to finish the show with "Dreamboat Annie," the first song that the Wilson sisters ever wrote together.
As they left the stage for the third and final time, a wise man suggested to me that "a great band always leaves them wanting more." Under that criteria, Heart is definitely a great band as the crowd was absolutely ready for more. There was no "Heartless" or "Tell It Like It Is" or ""What About Love" or "Never."
There's always next time.
This week, HEART is the featured artist. Their new Dreamboat Annie Live DVD and CD is a remarkable testament to the timelessness of their groundbreaking 1976 debut release, which was played in it’s entirety for the first time at the Orpheum theater in Downtown Los Angeles early in 2007.
Ann Wilson true to her Heart
Ann Wilson goes solo, but keeps rockin' duo going
By Theresa Tayler
"(Women) want to be in the rock world, but don't want to be thought of as ugly by being too aggressive."
Thirty years in the music business, numerous hits and heart-breaks later, Ann Wilson is still standing.
She's the smokey-eyed, lead singer of the classic rock duo from the U.S., Heart, and she's just released a solo album that includes duets with Elton John, Wynonna Judd and Gretchen Wilson.
Hope and Glory, is Wilson's first solo endeavor.While she may have left her Heart behind for this trip to the recording studio, she didn't exclude her other half -- little sister, Nancy Wilson, who is two of the 12 tracks.
"I had to include my sister," says Wilson. "She's one of the most talented acoustic guitar and mandolin players I know, and if there's an incredible musician in the room you don't turn them away."
The elder Wilson wrote just one of the 12 tunes. The rest are covers of what she calls "songs with a conscious." Mainly anti-war ballads written by some of the greats: John Lennon's Isolation; Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall; and Pink Floyd's Goodbye Blue Sky.
"It's inspired by the war, things that are going on now... it's a scary, scary time right now," she says. "What concerns me the most is there seems to be a real lack of attention span and interest on the part of people, especially young people. The war is being televised more so than ever before, yet people don't seem to be taking it seriously, people are numb to it."
This solo collection does not mean the end of Heart -- the band is currently on a Canadian tour.
The siblings rose to fame in the late '70s with their hard-rock sound influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin. Over 30-million record sales later, Ann and Nancy are settling into their 50s, raising children and dogs. But that doesn't mean the two rock 'n' roll vixens are settling down. Wilson says the band is getting ready to release another album in about a year.
As a female rock duo, the pair was pretty much one-of-a-kind when they started recording in 1976. The two good-looking gals weren't afraid to take on the male-dominated mainstream rock world of the day.
"I can remember being teenagers and in our 20s, coming to understand the music world," says Wilson. "We spent a lot of time being disappointed and upset in terms of what we saw and how men treated women."
"Also, how women just allowed themselves to be treated."
Heart's first record label was thought to be behind a rumor suggesting the sisters were actually lesbian lovers. Wilson channeled her frustration into the song, Barracuda, which became one of the group's biggest hits.
"It's taken a long time to make any progress at all. Women are still their own worst enemy when it comes to that," says Wilson. "Often, I see these young women who are so set on being beautiful and little and sweet -- they don't get the whole thing of breaking out and being an artist."
"They want to be in the rock world, but don't want to be thought of as ugly by being too aggressive."
Wilson says popular female artists, such as Calgary-bred Feist and alternative folksters, Tegan and Sara (also from Calgary), have broken through those barriers. Tegan and Sara, who are also sisters, have encountered similar rumors about their love lives as Ann and Nancy did when they started to play more than 25 years ago.
"I'm really sorry that is happening to them," says Wilson. "That's a male vision, a male fantasy -- if there are two gorgeous chicks on stage, especially if they're sisters, then it's like, 'How cool would it be if they were sleeping together.' It's stupid and superficial. It takes the emphasis off of the important thing, which is them as musicians and people."
Heart – Oct. 24
Sister act packs a punch
By David Schmeichel
Thursday October 25, 2007
They've been touring together as Heart for more than 30 years (off and on), but during their show at MTS Centre last night, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson didn't miss a beat.
Playing to a concert bowl crowd of 4,500, the Seattle sibs left little doubt as to why they're still rock-radio staples after all these decades, delivering a no-nonsense show that was (thankfully) heavy on the hits.
Opening with a cover of Led Zeppelin's The Battle of Evermore -- a track they cut for the Singles soundtrack back in the early '90s -- Ann and Nancy at first appeared alone together on a stark stage, letting their trademark powerhouse vocals rise and fall in waves while trading Tolkien-inspired lyrics.
Speaking of waves, Mistral Wind -- from the '78 album Dog and Butterfly -- opened with a gentle crashing surf effect, but soon built to a far more raucous crescendo that saw Ann unleashing a bone-chilling banshee's wail.
And those powerful pipes came in handy when it came time to hit the high notes on the menacing rocker Magic Man, and again on the swaggering Little Queen.
These days, the Heart roster stands at six, but seeing how Ann and Nancy are the sole holdovers from the early days, they were easily the center of attention last night. That's why it would have been nice to see more interplay between the two, though they made up for it with a spirited spin through Tom Petty's You Wreck Me (on which Nancy, who'd been content to bang away at her guitar, took lead vocal).
Covers of Neil Young's War of Man and John Lennon's Isolation (from Ann's new solo disc) were well-received, though our deadline came a bit early for show-stoppers Barracuda and Crazy On You.
But given the depth of the sisters' combined talents (they even managed to rescue ballads These Dreams and Alone from getting too treacly), don't be surprised if they're still radio regulars 30 years from now.
Dreamboat Annie Live | Shout! Factory
By BRETT MILANO
October 22, 2007
Heart are fast becoming the world’s best classic-rock cover band. When they played the Pavilion last month, songs by the Who, Tom Petty, and Neil Young highlighted the set. And this recent live DVD ends with a batch of covers from the Who, Pink Floyd, and their long-time role models, Led Zeppelin (twice). On stage and on disc, it works because Heart seem to be feeling these songs, not just saluting something that’s supposed to be classic. And it doesn’t hurt that Ann Wilson hits high notes on “Love Reign o’er Me” and “Immigrant Song” that Daltrey and Plant will never reach again.
The main course of this CD/DVD (both have the same music; the DVD adds interviews) is a complete live remake of Heart’s 1976 debut, with the regular band (all new faces save for the Wilson sisters) joined by a few of Brian Wilson’s back-up singers. Although it wasn’t Heart’s best album (that would be the follow-up, Little Queen), Dreamboat Annie had an engaging mix of innocent freshness and bar-band sass; it’s certainly worn better than Heart’s MTV hits from a decade later. Another advantage: only two of its tracks (“Crazy on You” and “Magic Man”) were real hits, so it hasn’t been ruined by overplay. The lesser-known songs show a more delicate touch that bears out Heart’s long-forgotten prog roots (Wilson plays two flute solos) and, in the case of the lush and sensual “How Deep it Goes,” explains the Beach Boys connection.
Legendary duo Heart returns with a live recording of their first record, 1976’s “Dreamboat Annie.” Recorded in the original track listing of the album, “Dreamboat Annie Live” is an exceptional live album. In addition to the “Dreamboat Annie” tracks, there are five bonus tracks, including a cover of “Goodbye Blue Sky” by Pink Floyd.
Many live records, whether or not recorded for major release, tend to have sound glitches and are of lower quality. The sound on this record is high quality, with just enough crowd sound to feel like your there without having your ear drums blown out by the drunk guy next to you. “Dreamboat Annie Live” captures the live vibe of the band and testifies to its depth and talent.
Reviewer: Jenna Horan
Heart's Dreamboat Annie: Live DVD/CD was released today and is in stores now!
By Jamie Sackett
October 18, 2007
Everyone has heard the band Heart at one point or another in their lives. Earlier this year they were one of the four legendary rock bands that were saluted by VH1’s Rock Honors. They have been idols of mine since I first heard Magic Man back in the 70’s and I got to see them perform LIVE on August 25, 2007 at the Monterey Fairgrounds… home of the legendary Monterey Pop Festival. I am STILL in awe.
I grew up in Salinas so Monterey is like my backyard. In all of my years there I had NEVER been to a show at the Monterey Fairgrounds so for me this was a BIG DEAL. So many legends were up on that stage for the Monterey Pop Festival. It was the first major American appearance for such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who and Otis Redding (who died only a few months later)… not to mention appearances by Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead as well. That in itself made this venue special and for Heart and Loverboy it was no exception.
Now it was time for HEART to perform and the place was PACKED! The venue only holds about 5000 people and it was VERY close to a sell out. When the house lights went down the crowd went CRAZY. I was one of them… it was going to be hard to shoot photos for me cuz my heart was racing with excitement too. They opened with Mistral Wind and kept the lighting to a minimal at first. It was almost haunting but beautiful as the faint lighting silhouetted the band. Next song was MAGIC MAN and the stage lights lit up... AWESOME!! I’ve got goose bumps NOW just thinking about it. Nancy Wilson has more energy up there than most of the guitarists I’ve seen perform live….she was all over the place and what a KILLER stage presence. Ann Wilson has got THE GREATEST voice in rock n roll... period! This woman has not missed a beat or a note during the 30 plus years she’s been singing. Talk about a powerhouse – WOW! I truly believe that her voice has gotten stronger over time.
The Wilson sisters, along with their incredible band, entertained us with so many of their hits… Little Queen, Straight On, Love Alive, White Lightning and Wine, These Dreams (with Nancy on the mandolin… sweet), Alone (with Ann’s voice commanding authority), Barracuda, Crazy On You, etc. They also did several cover songs which were great... You Wreck Me (Tom Petty), Love Reign O'er Me (The Who), a beautiful version of Zeppelin’s The Immigrant Song (which is on Ann’s new solo CD Hope and Glory) as well as a blistering rendition of another Zeppelin tune… Black Dog… WOW! I didn’t realize that when Heart was first formed they were actually a Led Zeppelin cover band. Ann Wilson can sing some Zeppelin better than Robert Plant himself! They finished the show with Dreamboat Annie and that made me sad cuz I know it was over.
I gotta say that these ladies just blew me away. Nancy had a guitar collection that you would not believe. I can’t even count how many different guitars that she came out onstage with and her body language while playing SCREAMS passion and energy… not to mention the fact that she is still as beautiful as ever. Ann… what else can I say… she is the QUEEN of ROCK!! She’s gorgeous, funny, passionate and can sing like no other. Her brand new solo CD Hope and Glory was released last month and it is great. It is a covers album but she has collaborated with not only her sister but Sir Elton John, Gretchen Wilson (who sang a KICK ASS rendition of Barracuda at the VH1 Rock Honors show), Wynona and so many others.
Link to full review.
Heart: Dreamboat Annie Live (2007)
"There was no mold for women rockers at all. So when Nancy and I thought let's have our own band, we kind of made our own mold."
- Ann Wilson
Review By: Rich Rosell
Published: October 22, 2007
Heart released their debut album Dreamboat Annie—yes, still vinyl in those days—in 1976, and it was a fairly important step forward for women as fronts for mainstream rock and roll.
Sure, there had been others who had made major inroads (Grace Slick and Janis Joplin come to mind), but sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson began a substantive career assault on rock with a first album that featured what would become radio staples like Magic Man and Crazy 0n You. And as part of Shout Factory's Legendary Albums Live collection, this disc captures the Wilsons performing Dreamboat Annie in its entirety in an April 2007 concert recorded at The Orpheum in Los Angeles.
It's an interesting approach for a concert, especially for a band that would eventually spawn a number of bigger hits, and though the Wilsons are the only members from that original lineup, for all practical purposes, they are Heart. Ann Wilson's Robert Plant vocal overtones are still as strongly evident as ever, full of well-placed throaty growls and high notes, while Nancy manages to make the delicate intro on Crazy On You sound fresh, to say nothing of her penchant for impressively high leg kicks. With a rather sprawling supporting band—including a string section for songs like Soul Of The Sea—they step through track-by-track very faithfully, and with the exception of just a couple of tunes that haven't quite aged so well (the bluesy overtones of White Lightning & Wine sounded out of place in 1976), the performance is spot on.
And the weight of that falls largely on Ann Wilson, whose vocal strengths really show no sign of having diminished. Slower acoustic moments like the title track sound pitch perfect, and even during the encore portion, where the obligatory Led Zeppelin covers (Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop) are trotted out, only serve to reinforce the notion that her vocal chops haven't been significantly tainted by age. Aside from the Zeppelin, the encore also features a nice version of Mistral Wind from Heart's Dog & Butterfly, as well as takes on Pink Floyd's Goodbye Blue Sky and The Who's Love, Reign O'er Me.
DVD Review: Heart - Dreamboat Annie Live
October 21st, 2007
Blog News Network
by Zach Freeman
In the 31 years since Dreamboat Annie, the historical album that delivered Ann and Nancy Wilson into the American rock scene, the duo has gone on to create numerous albums of varying celebrity with different incarnations of their iconic rock band Heart. On April 17, 2007, Shout! Factory and DirecTV commissioned a live performance of the original album at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.
The result is the first release in the new Legendary Albums Live Series. Opening with a quick ten minute documentary session, featuring an interview with the Wilson sisters, in which they discuss their influences from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin, and a brief description of the historical context of Dreamboat Annie, the DVD jumps into the performance almost right away.
Even though the Wilsons are quick to point out that this is their first time to revisit the album in its entirety in almost 30 years, the music is still resonant. Nancy’s still got the guitar prowess and energetic moves she’s known for, and though some of the oomph is initially missing from Ann’s voice, she compensates nicely by changing the tempo of some of the earlier lyrics, and by the encore she’s back to full force. When the band covers The Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me”, she lets it all out, with a tremendous expressive rock and roll result. With the Stockholm Strings providing backup for much of the performance and an audience made up exclusively of invitation-only Heart fan club members, it’s clear that the arena is filled with energy and a little bit of magic.
Music Sound Off
By Devin Grant, Special to The Post and Courier
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Heart — "Dreamboat Annie Live" — (Shout!Factory)
For those of us who remember the '70s, it seems almost impossible that it has now been more than 30 years since Heart released "Dreamboat Annie."
That classic rock album, written and recorded by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, went on to sell more than 3 million copies thanks to hit songs such as "Magic Man" and "Crazy On You."
When Heart decided to celebrate the enduring popularity of that album earlier this year with a concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, Heart fans came out in droves, and the event was recorded for a CD and DVD release. While the hands of time have obviously had their effect on everyone in Heart, this new live recording leaves no doubt that the band is still in fine form. Ann Wilson's striking vocals are still as vital as ever, and she is able to hit all of the high notes.
Nancy Wilson is still a guitar goddess, able to shred with the big boys, and also shows off a lovely voice of her own.
Even if you aren't a fan of "Dreamboat Annie," which is performed in its entirety on the CD and DVD, you'll still likely enjoy the encore, which finds Heart covering some songs by other classic rock acts.
Included are tunes by Pink Floyd ("Goodbye Blue Sky"), Led Zeppelin ("Black Dog" and "Misty Mountain Hop"), and The Who ("Love, Reign O'er Me"), and Ann's powerful vocals are perfect for those song selections. It's an interesting live recording from a great classic rock band.
In 2005 Heart did a show for PBS called Soundstage. It was released on DVD but quickly sold out. Now a few videos from this show are on Youtube. So if you missed this show and have not gotten your DVD yet, here is a sampling. "Oldest Story in the World" is from Heart's Jupiters Darling album. You can also see The Battle of Evermore from this show. Watch that here.
Amazing photos from the Heart concert at the Chumash Resort & Casino on August 30, 2007. Photos taken by Dwight McCann and can be seen here.
Thank you mmlmtlca aka Michelle from the Heart boards!
Voice of Heart rings true on two new releases
By Mark Fisher
For the Times West Virginian
This fall has offered us two new releases from the Heart camp, so I thought this week would be a great time to cover them both as they are worthy additions to any rock fans collection.
The first offering was actually released in September, Ann Wilson’s “Hope & Glory.” As the voice and identity (along with her sister Nancy) of Heart for over three decades, it’s astounding to think that this is her first solo album, particularly given the long pause between Heart albums throughout the late ’90s and the new millennium.
“Hope & Glory” is a collection of cover songs, most of which are duets. So, while it’s not an album of new material, it’s a pretty surprising collection that will certainly make longtime fans turn their heads and take notice.
Wilson’s partners on this album include her sister Nancy; Sir Elton John; country superstars Gretchen Wilson, Wynona Judd, Alison Kraus and Deana Carter; as well as K.D. Lang, Shawn Colvin and Rufus Wainwright. If that lineup isn’t worth your 15 bucks, then you and I should have a long talk.
“Hope & Glory” is a lot lower key than I expected. The arrangements are all fairly laid back and mid-tempo, which creates a nice atmosphere. Wilson sounds like she’s having a lot of fun revisiting these songs and there is no doubt that the song choice influenced her career over the years.
The highlights include the semisinister vibes of “Darkness, Darkness” and Pink Floyd’s “Good-bye Blue Sky” (both with Nancy Wilson) and the amazing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” (performed solo). Wilson hasn’t been shy about her love for all things Zeppelin over the years and the older I get, the more I realize that she may actually sing these songs better than Robert Plant these days.
“Where to Now St. Peter” is another highlight. Done alongside Sir Elton John the performance is extremely intimate sounding and will unquestionably cause you to pause and reflect when it ends.
As if the first Ann Wilson solo album weren’t enough, along comes the first in a “Legendary Albums Live” series from Shout Factory. Choosing well, the label brings us a live version of Heart’s debut album, “Dreamboat Annie.” This groundbreaking (especially for female rock musicians) album hit stores in 1975 and launched their 30 million album-selling career. The album yielded time tested hits like “Magic Man” and “Crazy On You” and seems to have gotten only more popular over time.
This performance is magical, to say the least. The band sound a million times better than they did on the actual album and the live energy is unbelievable. The sisters Wilson are bona fide rock legends and their backing band is one of the best in rock music today.
Ann Wilson brings the house down on “Crazy on You” and “How Deep It Goes,” but it’s the beautiful, matured version of the title track that really tugs at you. This song just doesn’t go away and hearing it performed today is utterly amazing.
Recorded live at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, the band delivers the classic album but it doesn’t stop there. After the set Heart continues to bring the rock by offering a brief but stunning rock and roll history lesson covering “Mistral Wind,” “Good-bye Blue Sky,” “Black Dog,” “Misty Mountain Hop” and “Love, Reign O’er Me,” all massive hits both then and now. “Dreamboat Annie Live” is a whirlwind romance with rock royalty that is not to be missed.
It’s never a bad fall when Ann and Nancy Wilson are making records. These albums are a great addition to any rock fan’s collection and contribute to a pretty exceptional year so far for 2007.
Ann Wilson’s “Hope & Glory” is available everywhere now on Zoe/Rounder Records. Heart’s “Dreamboat Annie Live” is available everywhere now via Shout Factory.
The Queens of Heart
By David Schmeichel
They're a sister act with staying power.
For three decades now, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson -- the core of Seattle act Heart -- have shown a knack for holding their own in a male-dominated milieux.
And from the '70s, when Heart spawned anthems like Magic Man, Barracuda and Crazy on You, to the '80s, when the band's pop-rock makeover made chart-toppers of Alone and All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You, the Wilsons' legacy has always been heavy on the hits.
But when the band takes to the MTS Centre stage next Wednesday, don't be surprised if you hear a few tunes from Ann's just-released first solo outing: Hope & Glory, a collection of covers (and one original) by legends like Bob Dylan, Led Zep, Neil Young and John Lennon, with cameos by Elton John, k.d. lang, Gretchen Wilson and of course, sister Nancy.
We caught up with Ann at her home in Seattle.
The Sun: So what prompted you to take the covers route for your first solo album?
Ann Wilson: I had an idea in mind of a concept album, in a sense -- an album where all the songs had a common thread, and I wanted it to be an album of songs of social conscience. As a singer, words are my favourite thing. I take on the words and really get inside them, and I got excited about picking songs I grew up with, especially during really dangerous times in our world. I wanted to see if I could get a collection of songs that related to each other, not caring what decade they came from, in order to show patterns in our society.
Sun: That's probably the most striking thing about the disc, the fact that -- even though these songs were written decades ago -- they're as relevant now as they were then.
Wilson: And maybe even scarier, because they foretell.
Sun: You're tackling work by some pretty incredible songwriters here. Is that daunting, or part of the fun?
Wilson: It's fun, but you're right, it is daunting. Especially in the case of someone like Bob Dylan. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, at this point, is like a holy relic. You really don't want to screw up with that song. But why do it if you're just going to copy, or do another read that doesn't add anything?
Sun: The album also boasts some kick-ass collaborations. How did those come about?
Wilson: These were specific requests ... Three quarters of all the people we went to were friends of mine, or acquaintances, and they all said, 'Yeah we're interested,' especially when they heard the album would relate to modern times, and not just be a collection of songs.
Sun: You and your sister are the sole holdovers from the original Heart lineup. Is it fair to say you were the "heart" of Heart?
Wilson: (Laughing) I think we always have been. Heart had been together for quite a bit of time before my sister Nancy joined. Just because I was in the band didn't make us famous. It took the two of us being in the band for people to really understand what we were all about.
Sun: We're usually averse to the "women in rock" stuff, but Heart is literally one of two or three female-fronted acts that still gets regular play on rock radio. What is it about the band's music that transcends whatever it is that keeps some of your contemporaries from getting the same treatment?
Wilson: I really don't know and I still wonder about that myself. I don't know why there aren't more women who can walk the talk. Maybe it's because the genre was invented to be a boy's club and it's very hard to come into it as a female in a way that doesn't seem overworked ... Look at Hillary Clinton. She's just running for president with the boys, but there's this big, deep question: Can a woman do the job? It's ridiculous that we're still there, but I would move that same analogy to rock. The world is still having trouble understanding why women are equal.
Got a "first rock concert" story?
Posted by John Sinkevics
The Grand Rapids Press
October 14, 2007
Everybody remembers the first time they strolled into an A) arena, B) stadium, C) outdoor festival, or D) gym to catch one of their favorite bands or singers live and in the flesh.
What's your first concert tale? E-mail me and I'll post the best ones right here at "Sound Check." Include your name and phone number, and I'll pick one tale-writer at random to receive the new CD and concert DVD of the rock band Heart playing its classic "Dreamboat Annie" album from start to finish earlier this year at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
E-mail John Sinkevics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart’s Classic First Album Is Born Again on DVD (and CD)
Heart is the quintessential Classic Rock band—stalwarts of the ’70s and ’80s who have been somewhat frozen in time, the same seven or eight songs played to death on rock radio since they were hits originally for the group way back when. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have kept busy through the years, working on various projects and reuniting to work together from time to time. Let’s face it—talented though the other players in the group were (and props should go out to original guitarist Roger Fisher, bassist Steve Fossen, keyboardist/arranger Howard Leese and drummer Michael Derosier), Ann and Nancy were the public face of Heart, so the fact that they can put together a new band to perform their debut album, Dreamboat Annie, with no other original members, is not as jarring as it might be with some other group. And the core unit they’ve got behind them for this April 2007 show in L.A. is pretty damn good: Craig Bartock on guitar, Ric Markmann on bass, Ben Smith on drums and Debbie Shair on keys; plus the sound is filled out by a percussionist, a couple of backup singers and the six-member Stockholm Strings. It’s a big and varied enough lineup to re-create the album very well indeed; an impressive accomplishment.
Merely re-creating Dreamboat Annie would have made for a pretty short DVD, so it’s nice that there’s more. The first few minutes are devoted to a succinct, well-told history of the group, featuring informative interview footage of the Wilson's and others. Then there’s the concert’s five-song encore, which includes not one, but two Led Zep covers: “Black Dog,” (which was an early staple of the group’s) and “Misty Mountain Hop” (also perfect for the band); and concludes with a spectacular version of The Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me,” which turns out to be another great cover choice. Plenty of fireworks on that one!
Read the complete review at Mix Online.
Heart's Ann Wilson Talks About New Solo Album
Posted October 5, 2007
"A lot of these songs have a strong political and social component. I felt it would be good to bring them back, given the way things are in the world right now."
That's how Heart vocalist Ann Wilson explains the motivation behind Hope & Glory, her first solo album. Featuring mostly songs originally recorded more than 30 years ago, the album nonetheless comes off as a perfect soundtrack for our times. High points include a garage-rock rendering of the Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," a honky-tonk reworking of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," and a dramatic reading of Elton John's "Where To Now St. Peter?" Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin, Elton John, and others contribute, but it's Wilson's warm rasp that powers the proceedings.
Russell Hall: Most of the songs on Hope & Glory come from the late '60s and early '70s. Do you feel that was an especially fertile period for politically conscious music?
Ann Wilson: Definitely. We were in a situation back then -- as we are now -- where people weren't being told the truth. Then the war began to be televised, and people began to gradually understand what we were into. I think a lot of songwriters felt it was not only their wish, but their duty, to express their opinions in songs. Artists should be participants. They shouldn't just be on the sidelines, raking in the dough.
Heart: Dreamboat Annie Live is the latest concert release by a popular band from awhile back, much like The Bangles reunion tour released not long ago. The difference this time was that the music was played as though recording it all at once; a fact mentioned prominently on the cover as the song order was maintained and nothing substantial was edited out. As a long time fan of Heart, I've followed their music from the original release (on vinyl!) through their more esoteric releases of the early eighties, to the power ballads and love songs juiced up by the MTV dynamic. What I was expecting here was not a very high bar given the age of the material, my own familiarity with it, and my general dislike of concerts in favor of the cleaned up studio tracks (unless I'm actually going to the concert where the sonic quality is secondary to the experience itself). What I found were a couple of still attractive ladies that could still knock out the hits with all the passion of their youth, assisted by a band of talented musicians able to play much like their counterparts from generations ago; Ben Smith on drums, Craig Bartock on guitar, Debbie Shair on keyboards, and Ric Markman on bass with an assortment of accompanying musicians giving some extra punch.
Read the rest of the review from DVDtalk.com here.
Some better footage of Heart performing Immigrant Song at the Antelope Valley Fair on August 28th.
HEART with guests (according to the venue, Heart has not yet announced who they will be bringing as the opening act)
Sunday October 28, 2007 7:00 PM
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Calgary, AB Canada
It will be an evening full of songs that you knew and grew up with. The legendary group Heart is coming to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Sunday October 28, 2007.
Ann and Nancy Wilson have been the creative geniuses behind Heart since the early seventies. The two girls whose roots in music started in folk and pop released their first album, Dreamboat Annie, in 1975. The album became a huge hit and achieved platinum status with singles such as "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man".
Over the course of the next fifteen years, Heart emerged as a group that could release massive hits and achieve Top 10 singles on every album. Some of their greatest hits were "Barracuda", "What about Love?", "Never", "Nothing At All" and the chart-smashing "These Dreams".
Recently, Ann Wilson recorded a brand new album Hope & Glory, her first-ever solo album and it includes guest appearances from luminaries Elton John, Deana Carter, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright, Gretchen Wilson, Nancy Wilson, and Wynonna on a variety of classic covers selected for their insight into important current social issues, including Elton John's "Where to Now St. Peter?," Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," and Neil Young's "War of Man."
Do not miss HEART!
A production of The Union. link
Canadian Mongers can win free tickets!
1290 CFRW is pleased to welcome one of rock’s biggest hit makers, HEART for one night only at the MTS Center, Wednesday, October 24th. Led by the Wilson sisters Ann and Nancy, Heart will bring their live experience to Winnipeg for the first time in well over a decade.
Coming out of Bellevue, Washington in the late 70’s the band first surfaced on the Canadian label Mushroom where their debut album Dreamboat Annie became a multi platinum hit in 1976. In those 30 plus years the plaintive, powerful vocals of Ann and the solid lead guitar work of Nancy has made the signature sound of Heart an essential part of the vanguard of rock and roll.
Tickets are available now at all Ticketmaster locations but 1290 wants to send you and a friend absolutely free! Simply fill out an online entry form and then be listening to the morning show with Don Percy on Monday, October 22nd. Don will draw one lucky name for a pair of tickets to see Heart live in concert. It's that simple! So what are you waiting for? Enter now!
A new concert taken from the Dog & Butterfly tour in 1979 can now be streamed online through Wolfgangs Concert Vault!
Heart Live in Seattle, WA 1979.
To say that sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson were a little anxious to return with their band Heart to their adopted city of Seattle, Washington, at the conclusion of the Dog and Butterfly Tour is a bit of an understatement, to say the least. Heart, which had always been spearheaded by the two sisters since they began writing and recording original material, began as oddity in the music industry. Prior to 1975, it had been primarily a man’s world in the music industry, and the band not only featured two women as its leaders and front-line stars, it also proved that when given the right band to work with, women could rock as hard as the men.
The daughters of a military officer, the Wilson sisters settled with their family in Seattle, WA, as teens after living in various military bases around the world. Though there was a four-year difference in their ages, they grew up close and often shared their love of pop music. As they worked their way through the 60s explosion of rock music, Ann developed her vocal prowess, while her sister Nancy decided to play guitar and sing back-up. But it was Nancy, the younger of the two, who, during her college years, joined an existing Seattle-based cover band named White Heart. White Heart also featured two brothers, Mike and Roger Fisher, and when Nancy suggested Ann as the group’s vocalist, the band became Heart. The two sisters became romantically involved with the two Fisher brothers, and soon after, Mike opted to step down as one of its musicians in order to do the band’s sound and manage it.
In 1975, when the band recorded its debut LP, Dreamboat Annie, the line-up also included: Howard Leese on keyboards, Mike DeRossier on drums, Steve Fossen on bass, and Roger Fisher playing lead guitar. The group signed with a Vancouver, Canada-based label, called Mushroom Records, and within six months, sales had exceeded over 50,000 copies due to the success of such FM staples as “Magic Man,” “Crazy On You,” and “Dreamboat Annie.”
Soon after, they entered into a prolonged lawsuit to leave Mushroom and moving over to Epic’s Portrait Records. The promotional machine that came with the Portrait deal didn’t take long to grow Heart from a showcase club act to arena headliners. By the time they performed this show, they had had considerably more hits, including: “Barracuda,” “Heartless,” “Straight On,” and “Dog and Butterfly.” This performance was caught for the King Biscuit Flower Hour, while they were still on their 77-city Dog and Butterfly Tour. By the time the tour was over, both Fisher brothers would be gone due to both sisters ending their romantic relationships and Heart would now firmly become the musical vehicle for the Wilson sisters. link
Another concert taken from 1977 in LA can also be heard here.
Devil Delight Live 1979
Exclusive outtakes from Uncle Joe's interview with Ann Wilson about her new solo album 'Hope & Glory' can now be streamed online!
You can listen to the interview here.
A behind the scenes look at the Frosted Pink Show. By the looks of one of the clips, Anastacia will be singing Barracuda with Heart! Check out all the behind the scenes videos here.
The Heart fan site Heartlinker has amazing photos of Ann and Nancy Wilson at the Frosted Pink show! You can check them out here. Thanks Heartlinker!
You can also see more photos from this show at Getty Images, just follow the link.
Wilson's Solo Album Great
By Scott Iwasaki
Deseret Morning News
Published: Oct. 12, 2007
When I was 10, I first heard Heart on the radio. It was 1976 and this song called "Crazy on You" came out of the little transistor radio I was listening to one night while nestled in the bunk bed my sister and I used to share. I loved the Spanish-influenced acoustic guitar intro, but nothing prepared me for the all-out electrical blast that followed.
My love affair for the band — especially lead singer Ann Wilson, and her sister, guitarist Nancy — began that night. And, like the Wilson sisters' music, that affair is as strong as ever.
I also liked the Wilson-led acoustic group, the LoveMongers.
Well, adding to my collection of Heart albums and Nancy's solo releases, I have another CD to add to my Heart-related stack: Ann's first solo album "Hope & Glory," released on the Zoe label last month. (The CD geared me up for the new Heart album and DVD, "Dreamboat Annie Live," which will be released next week ... and probably another story).
Ann will always be the voice of Heart to many (although I do love Nancy's leads on "Allies" and "These Dreams"). And this album shows Ann exercising her vocal abilities.
While in the past she's proven herself not only to be a powerful rock vocalist but also a heartfelt acoustic-music vocalist, "Hope & Glory" brings them together, and even throws in a couple of surprises.
Read the rest of the review here.
*as a small note, Ann Wilson sang the lead on the Heart song Allies, not Nancy.
Music Review: Ann Wilson - Hope & Glory
Written by Coryluscontorta
Published October 12, 2007
Ann Wilson’s new CD, Hope and Glory, languished in my car for the best part of a week before I finally shoved it in the player. I didn’t want to hate it, but, c’mon guys, it’s a covers album. I noted she was going to have a bash at biggies like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and I quashed a little shudder of apprehension. I fully expected auditory suicide.
I was so wrong.
She picked the songs because she loved them — and you can tell. Of the opening track “Goodbye Blue Sky”, she said that she covered it because she felt the original was too short, and she has distinguished herself by making another version which is too good to end so soon. It keeps all the lush swooping harmonies of the original, then adds a touch of violin and an extra half minute of Ann's bluesy warbling so you don't feel short changed.
The tracks which work best are those which set the power of that voice free. She’s getting older but those pesky high notes barely trouble her, almost besting Elton at his own tune on “Where To Now St. Peter?” and jockeying for position with Alison Krauss on the fabulous “War Of Man”. She’s not afraid to vary the tempo and calm down those powerful pipes of hers, “Get Together” being a case in point. With “Isolation”, you get the best of both worlds, like a pneumatic drill wrapped in cotton wool.
She delivers a measured performance throughout, for which she and collaborator/producer Ben Mink should be congratulated. This is illustrated most ably on Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” which is skilfully executed with the vocals well to the fore. The temptation to succumb to excessive guitar noodling is tempered; though it rocks like a good 'un at the end. In all, it's a pretty stripped back affair but it retains enough of the force of the original to please.
She has enlisted the help of some fine voices, which complement her own, including that of her sister Nancy, a combination which feels as comfortable as a hot water bottle in a cold bed. The baton passing in "Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” was a bit too much for me; switching between Ann, Rufus Wainwright and Shawn Colvin seemed to turn this track into a bit of a charity record pastiche.
As I drove and the car pulsed to the heartbeat of the music I confess, on my fourth cycle through the album, I started to skip through the more country-tinged efforts “Bad Moon Rising” and “Jackson”; it’s going to take more than Ann to convert me to a love of the hoedown, even if k.d. lang is helping her.
She finishes with the self-penned “Little Problems, Little Lies”, pulling together the theme of this 9/11 released comment on our troubled times with a tale of a dying soldier. It tacks onto the end of the album very neatly, a classic Heart-felt ballad.
Some cover versions can be downright offensive, and a whole album of them can be pretty painful. Hope and Glory wasn’t painful or offensive. It even transcended the innocuous — it was actually pretty damn good. Leave your preconceptions aside and let Ann Wilson show you how a good ol’ rocker does it. link
More songs from Ann Wilson's album Hope & Glory can be heard on her official Myspace page. Now you can listen to War of Man, Isolation, Where to Now, St. Peter and Immigrant Song. Add these amazing songs to your own Myspace profile!
Official Ann Wilson Myspace
The October 25th Heart concert at Casino Regina has SOLD OUT!
Canada loves Heart :)
A Television Event to Raise Awareness of and Inspire Action in the Fight Against Women's Cancers To Premiere on ESPN on ABC, Sunday, October 14
A First-Of-Its-Kind Event Brings Together The Greatest Figure Skaters Of All- Time With Hollywood's Biggest Names And Today's Most Popular Recording Artists!
Frosted Pink presented by Sanofi-aventis and Wachovia Featuring a dynamic mix of music, figure skating, and Hollywood stars empowering women, raising awareness, and inspiring action about women's cancers.
The show will be hosted by Sharon Osborne and Peggy Flemming, and will feature figure skaters Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan, Kurt Browning, Oksana Baiul among others. Along with Heart, other artists expected to perform are Joss Stone, Olivia Newton-John, Anastacia and Rascal Flatts.
Nancy and Ann Wilson are the creative sisters behind Heart, a rock ‘n roll group with more than 20 Top 40 hits and album sales of well over 30 million. The duo most recently released Jupiters Darling in 2004, and they continue to perform live shows that sell out stadiums across North America. Ann Wilson released her first-ever solo album, Hope and Glory this September which includes guest performance from her sister Nancy, Elton John, Alison Krauss and many more. Nancy and Ann Wilson have been involved in a number of charitable causes including breast cancer. Most recently Heart agreed to perform on Olivia’s first “Cruise for our Cause” in 2008 benefiting the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. link
Be sure to watch Frosted Pink on ABC
Sunday, October 14 from 4 – 6 pm EST.
99.9 BOB FM PROUDLY PRESENTS A NIGHT WITH HEART
with special guests HARLEQUIN
Wednesday October 24th at The MTS Center.
Tickets on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations.
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Here's how you can get into the HEART BEAT zone.Simply play KNOW IT BY HEART. We run a clip from a song. Sing correctly the next line in the song and you’ll win a 4 PACK of tickets to BOB’S exclusive HEART BEAT section. PLUS we’ll upgrade one lucky group of 4 to front row seats, dinner at Hu's On First Asian Bistro,a rock star ride to and from the show courtesy of Celebrity Limos PLUS how about a meet and greet with ANN and NANCY WILSON prior to the show?-DONE!
99.9 BOB FM is pleased to present one of rock’s biggest hit makers HEART for one night only at the MTS Center, Wednesday, October 24th. Led by the legendary Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy will bring the live experience of Heart to Winnipeg for the first time in well over a decade.
Coming out of Bellevue, Washington in the late 70’s the band first surfaced on the Canadian label Mushroom where their debut album DREAMBOAT ANNIE became a multi platinum hit with the single “MAGIC MAN” reaching the top ten in the fall of 1976. In those 30 plus years the plaintive, powerful vocals of Ann and the solid lead guitar work of Nancy has made the signature sound of Heart an essential part of the vanguard of rock and roll.
Ann Wilson Invades TV In October
Performing Songs From Hope & Glory (Zoe/Rounder) on A&E, ABC and Direct TV
Heart performs classic songs including the rarely performed "White
Lightning Wine" and "Immigrant Song" from Wilson's solo record Hope &
Glory (Zoë /Rounder).
* Sunday, Oct. 7th at 9:00 am ET on A: 'Private Sessions'
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In addition to "Immigrant Song" Heart will perform "Barracuda" with
vocalist and cancer survivor Anastacia for 'Frosted Pink,' an ABC
figure skating special raising awareness for women's cancers.
* Sunday, Oct. 14th at 4:00 pm ET on ABC: 'Frosted Pink' TV Special
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Heart live concert of their debut record Dreamboat Annie performed in
its entirety including "Goodbye Blue Sky" from Hope Glory re-airs this
month. A live recording of the exclusive concert from the Orpheum in
Los Angeles will also be released by Shout Factory the same day (10.23).
* Tuesday, Oct. 23rd on DirecTV: 'Legendary Albums Live' - Heart:
For more information on Ann Wilson please contact Diana D'Angelo at
Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171 or email@example.com or Jennifer
Sacca at Rounder Records, 617.218.4503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much TDHS!
Sunday, Oct. 7th, PRIVATE SESSIONS welcomes the first female rockers, Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART! In an in-depth exclusive interview Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART tell all – from starting in a male dominated industry to rockin’ the charts and selling over 30 million records to what they’re working on next! They perform their monster hits “Crazy on You”, “Barracuda”, “White Lightening and Wine”, plus, from Ann’s new solo album, “Immigrant Song” and “Isolation”. It all starts this Sunday at 9 am! Don't miss PRIVATE SESSIONS!
You can see some photos and videos from this show on Myspace! Check it out here.
Thanks Heart Monger BadAnnimals for this awesome find!
In anticipation of the upcoming CD/DVD release of Dreamboat Annie Live, I thought it would be interesting to re-visit the original album. Imagine if this album had been created in 2007. Would it have had such an impact? The fact that Ann and Nancy Wilson are still rocking out with the best of them answers that question.
In the 1980s and '90s, numerous women recorded blistering rock, but things were quite different in 1976 -- when female singers tended to be pigeonholed as soft rockers and singer/songwriters and were encouraged to take after Carly Simon, Melissa Manchester, or Joni Mitchell rather than Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. Greatly influenced by Zep, Heart did its part to help open doors for ladies of loudness with the excellent Dreamboat Annie (reissued on a gold audiophile CD by DCC Compact Classics in 1995). Aggressive yet melodic rockers like "Sing Child," "White Lightning & Wine," and the rock radio staples "Magic Man" and "Crazy on You" led to the tag "the female Led Zeppelin." And in fact, Robert Plant did have a strong influence on Ann Wilson. But those numbers and caressing, folk-ish ballads like "How Deep It Goes" and the title song also make it clear that the Nancy and Ann Wilson had their own identity and vision early on. Allmusic
Watch classic Heart perform some of these songs. These clips are from the 1970's taken from various venues. (linked to Youtube)
Crazy On You
White Lightning & Wine
Just in case you don't have this album (which would be hard to believe) you can listen to Dreamboat Annie online through Rhapsody. Listen here
Heart Monger swimfishie posted some wonderful photos of the Atlantic City show on her blog. Check them out here
Half a Heart
I love Ann Wilson's voice. On family camping vacations in the 1970s her voice was always there, burning brighter than any Coleman lantern. Ann and sister Nancy (and a rotation of dudes) made up the legendary band Heart. Their hits were constantly played on the car radio during our long road trips to the campground. "Crazy For You" and "Dreamboat Annie" — loves them.
Of course, my favourite song was "Barracuda." Thunderous guitars mixed with Ann's rock-chick wail were heard every night above the screams, laughs, clanging beer bottles and motorcycle rumbles of the bike gangs and their babes, always stationed at a campsite close to ours. My parents hated the noise. My sisters and I thought it was all so cool and imagined the goings-on as we listened, warm in our sleeping bags.
"Awww... bara-bara-cuda... Oh ya, ya." To my ears it's like Brahm's Lullaby.
On Sep 11 Ann Wilson released her very first solo album, Hope And Glory. It's nearly all covers, with the exception of the Wilson-penned closing number "Little Problems, Little Lies." Wilson's choices are mostly '60s and '70s tunes loaded with messages of peace, war and hard times. To top it off, it's a duets album. Her guests are good choices who complement her strong, raspy voice perfectly. They include Elton John, kd lang, Wynonna, Gretchen Wilson, Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin and Rufus Wainwright. Even sis Nancy shows up on a couple of the tracks.
Produced by Ben Mink (lang, Feist, Barenaked Ladies), Hope And Glory feels like a perfectly slick produced campfire singalong. Many of the songs are too familiar and not enough is done to them to give a unique spin. Neil Young's "War Of Man," Led Zeppelin's "Immigration Song" and John Lennon's "Isolation" just shouldn't be touched. Wilson fairs much better on the more intimate, personal songs.
Her version of Lucinda Williams' gorgeous "Jackson" is perfection. Mink plays fiddle, lap steel, electric and acoustic guitars as Wilson harmonizes with Mink's good friend and fellow Recline, lang. Lang is just the most relaxed singer ever. She doesn't think about it. The emotions just flow out of her. She's so at ease with it all and she lets Wilson shine with her lovely soft mellow support.
The duet that follows is equally good. With the help of Wynonna, Wilson gives The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" a campy Sapphic feel. When Wynonna (the carrot-topped Elvis impersonator that she is) sneers, "My girl you're so young and pretty/ And one thing I know is true/ You'll be dead before your time is due," well, you just want to cream yourself. Their voices are extremely sexy together. Everything pops and awakens when Wynonna shows up (she's on two tracks). They should definitely record an album together. They both may have found their new music partners. Bye Nancy. Bye Naomi.
Here is an mp3 of the classic rock song Born to be Wild performed in concert by Heart. It was originally performed by the band Steppenwolf. Ann's vocals are killer on this! I think this is circa early 1980's.