by Amy Harris
Freshly-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers play Riverbend Saturday
Heart introduced a fresh, rebellious sound in the early
1970s when a particular voice was truly needed. That timeless voice
belonged to singer Ann Wilson. In a time when the female frontwoman was
just gaining steam, Heart found their identity in theirs. To this day
Wilson embodies the band’s sound and message. She helped make it
possible for generations of others to find their voice in Rock &
The band's legacy was celebrated on a grand scale this
year when Ann, her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, and the rest of the
Heart family were inducted into the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame with the likes of fellow legendary groups Rush and Public
CityBeat had the privilege of speaking with the
legendary vocalist in advance of Heart's performance Saturday at
Riverbend Music Center. Audiences can anticipate hearing classics like
“Barracuda” and "Crazy on You," as well as fresh music off of the 2012
album Fanatic, which nicely continues the Heart legacy. Don’t
miss the finale with Jason Bonham (opening the show with his Led
Zeppelin tribute) joining them on stage.
CityBeat: What was the highlight of your Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction this year?
Ann Wilson: The highlight of my (RRHOF) induction
this year was standing beside Nancy at the podium. That was a feeling of
great pride I will never forget.
CB: What is the most number of days you have gone without playing music?
AW: I have gone months sometimes without playing a guitar, but never a day goes by where I don't sing.
CB: What does your ideal day look like these days?
AW: Sleep in late, have a great pilates/yoga
workout, hang out with my kids and their kids, cook dinner, meditate,
sleep with my dog nearby.
CB: If you could trade places with someone for a month who would it be and why?
AW: I guess I couldn't do that. I don't envy anyone else that much!
CB: You have seen music recording formats
change from vinyl and 8-track to cassette, CD and MP3 through the
years. Do you feel like music sounds better or worse with the use of
AW: Music definitely sounds worse to my ears
because of digital technology. There is a hard, brittle sound to it.
Analog music sounded warmer and deeper, though maybe not as " perfect."
Auto-Tune makes me crazy because it removes all individuality from a
person's voice. Everyone ends up sounding anonymous. The imperfections
are where the soul is, I say leave them in. Leave in the humanity.CB: How did the latest tour come about with Jason Bonham? Any favorite tour stories from the current tour?
AW: Many people saw the Kennedy Center Honors show
on TV or YouTube and loved the tribute to Led Zeppelin. The management
was listening and everyone agreed it would be a beautiful idea. We've
only done two weeks so far, and it's been amazing. No train wrecks yet!
CB: Do you journal or take photos over the years with special tour memories. How do you document your stories and memories?
AW: We record every night and have photographers on
sight. Occasionally I will blog, but I am usually pretty wound up after
a show. Maybe this will be the year I take up a journal. A person can't
count on their memory forever!!
CB: Does it ever get tough being on the road with family? How have you handled it for so many years?
AW: Yes, the road is rough. Traveling and
performing together takes a lot out of you and sometimes things do get
emotional. We are lucky to have each other for support. I don't know how
I would have made it all these years without Nancy's love, strength and
sense of humor!
CB: Are you working on new music while on the road?
AW: My head is full of new songs at the moment.
CB: What can fans looks forward to when the tour hits Cincinnati?
AW: The show in Cincinnati will open with Jason
Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Next will be the heart show, after
which there will be a finale consisting of about 30 minutes of Zeppelin
songs with Jason Bonham and (Bonham's guitarist) Tony Catania joining
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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Heart rides Hall of Fame induction and Led Zeppelin tribute into a hot summer tour
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Heart has had huge
success, selling more than 35 million albums and notching 21 Top 40 hit
singles, headlining the biggest arenas along the way. The Wilson sisters
in particular have had a major impact on music as well, helping open
doors for several generations of female artists.
Led Zep says no to a president, Mountain Dew fire rappers and David Gilmour imposter arrested
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Organizers of the 12.12.12 Sandy relief concert got Bill Clinton to plead with Led Zeppelin to perform (they, again, said no); Mountain Dew and Hip Hop aren't mixing so well lately, as the soda company axes endorsement deals with Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator, for controversial lyrics and a goat commercial (respectively); and a Minnesota man pretended to be David Gilmour while getting checked out at a local hospital and was promptly arrested when staffers looked up a photo of the real Gilmour on the web.
Stumped for a last-minute holiday present? One of these music collections just might do the trick
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A few last minute gift ideas, featuring 2012 boxsets and from The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Heart, Strange Euphoria, Bob Dylan, The English Beat, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Los Lobos and Taj Mahal.
1 Comment · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to portray Freddie Mercury in upcoming biopic, Robert Plant calls reporter a "schmuck" for asking about a Led Zeppelin reunion during a press conference about Led Zeppelin's reunion and Snoop Dogg is so high, he's rappin' about Hot Pockets now.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Danny Boyle reveals his Olympic playlist, The Black Keys sue Home Depot and Pizza Hut for ripping them off and Beatles desecration hits an all-time low with ZhuZhu Pets Meet The Beatles.
by Mike Breen
The world's most expensive concert T-shirt and Greg Dulli turns 47 today
On this date last year, somebody paid $10,000 for a T-shirt. An Australian man purchased a 1979 Led Zeppelin concert T-shirt on eBay for that amount, making it the most expensive concert T-shirt ever sold. (Though I bet The Eagles got close on their various, outrageously-priced reunion tours in recent years.) The shirt appears to be a "back stage pass" from the concert.After the sale, Denver weekly Westword posted a story on its blog counting down the next 10 most costly shirts purchased. From their research, they deemed a James Brown shirt with a bad caricature of the Godfather of Soul and the words "I'm Black and I'm Proud," an early Nirvana shirt featuring a parody of John Lennon's Two Virgin's album cover and a "Metal Up Your Ass" Metallica shirt as the next most rare, each going for $1,000. Currently, the most costly concert shirts available on eBay are a 1976 Stones shirt (yours for $7,900), a 1973 Who concert "staff" shirt ($4,691.82), a different Zep shirt (from, I believe, the same concert as the one that cost 10 grand; $3,949.21) and a Johnny Thunders shirt from 1984 ($3,909.72). Here are a couple of Ohio tunes written in honor of those crucial concert souvenirs. Early Hamilton, Ohio, Punk band ChemDyne and Columbus' Watershed both had songs called "Black Concert T-Shirt."Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a May 11 birthday include legendary songwriter ("God Bless America," "White Christmas") Irving Berlin (1888); one of the greatest white Soul vocalists ever with The Animals, Eric Burdon (1941); drummer and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Butch Trucks (1947); producer and founding member of avant-garde Pop group the Art of Noise, Gary Langan (1956); original MTV VJ Martha Quinn (1959); and frontman for one of Cincinnati's all-time greatest Rock bands, The Afghan Whigs, Greg Dulli (1965). Dulli — born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio — is currently gearing up to begin performing once again with his Whigsmates John Curley (still living, working and playing music in Cincinnati) and Rick McCollum (now living in Minneapolis). Tickets for the group's first show in 13 years — May 23 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City — go on sale today at noon. According to the band's website, the fan pre-sale sold out and there are "a very limited number of tickets" left. The band will warm up for the show on May 22 with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.Will the Whigs merely do a reunion victory lap then go their separate ways again? It's unclear so far, but in interviews with Dulli, he seems very inspired playing with his old pals again. In terms of a possible new Whigs album, he told the website www.thisisfakediy.co.uk, "I am going to keep the book open and keep the possibility, all possibilities available. We're going to see what happens, and react to what happens, but right now it's wide open. Yes, maybe, maybe not, we'll see. I hate to be ambiguous, but in this particular case, I think it's best." (He also said re-issues of the band's back catalog are "definitely going to happen.")Raise a glass and wish Mr. Dulli a happy 47th birthday. Here are a few clips of Dulli's extracurricular activities during his days with the Whigs to help you celebrate:• In 1994, Dulli sang John Lennon's parts on the soundtrack to Backbeat, a film about early Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe. On the soundtrack he was part of a band that included Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) and Foo Fighter/ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. Here they are doing a song originally made a hit by Cincinnati-born music icons The Isley Brothers.• Dulli teamed with Grohl again in 1995, playing guitar on his debut album, Foo Fighters. Grohl played all of the instruments on the album except for a guitar part on "X-Static," which Dulli provided. In 1999, Dulli recorded a cover of "Dixie Peach Promenade (Yin for Yang)," a tribute to late Moby Grape member Skip Spence and his cult classic album, Oar.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
In an interview music journalist Charles R. Cross said that around 100 DJs insisted to him the only reason Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" became such a Rock radio staple was because of its smokebreak-friendly length. If his theory is true, though, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" (clocking in at a whopping 18:34) would be more than twice as popular.