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22 December 2019 ~ 1 Comment

Burgundy Red Heart Vinyl!

Heart’s 1985 album is coming January 10th 2020 in a very nice Burgundy Red vinyl. Claim yours here at Amazon.com.

From the label: Heart’s 1985 self-titled masterpiece “Heart”, the amazing quintuple platinum 8th album from sisters Ann & Nancy Wilson will always be considered one of classic rock’s most enduring masterpieces. Boasting many smash hits like “These Dreams” “Never” “What About Love” and “Nothin’ At All”, this amazing LP continues to enthrall the avid listener while gaining new Heart fans everyday, thanks to the continual rock and pop airplay this top charting album demands.

The first #1 album not only solidified the band’s place in rock royalty, “Heart” has continually etched the title superstar to Heart as they have been a mainstay in the hearts and minds of music fans ever since.

As a further installment to the Friday Music Heart 180 Gram Audiophile Series, Friday Music is now very honored to be re-presenting Heart’s “Heart” for the first time ever on super limited 35th Anniversary Burgundy Red Audiophile Vinyl!

This 35th Anniversary limited edition release is mastered impeccably from the original Capitol tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios. This masterwork truly captivates the listener in the audiophile vinyl domain. The stunning vocals and guitar artistry of Ann and Nancy Wilson is second to none as you will relive the great sound delivered from this mega classic.

For this special anniversary release, you can also count on the original artwork graphics in a very striking gatefold cover, making this a further enhancement to your Heart listening experience.

Another fine installment in the Heart 180 Gram Audiophile Series at Friday Music…. You asked for it, we have heard you loud and clear and hear it is! “Heart” by Heart on Super Limited Edition 180 Gram Burgundy Red Audiophile Vinyl.

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07 December 2019 ~ 1 Comment

Nancy joins Rock Legends Cruise

Nancy announced that she joins this SOLD OUT cruise.

Added January 2nd 2020:

LIV WARFIELD IS COMING ALONG!

23 November 2019 ~ 1 Comment

Nancy talks possible 2020 Heart tour

Nancy mentions Canada, European en American Festivals

On November 21st 2019 at the opening of the “Play It Loud” exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio, Nancy was asked if there are plans for Heart. Here’s her response:

Nancy: “Well, what’s next for me and Heart is probably… We’re gonna probably look at the offers that we’re getting for the next Spring, probably Summer tour, maybe into the Fall. We did 53 shows last tour. And they’re talking about us doing more like Canada, maybe some European festivals and some festivals in the States. So it’s not repeating what we just did in the amphitheaters. So I’m looking forward to that. I love playing.”

You can hear for yourself in the video below. If you’re in a hurry: skip to the beginning of the fifth minute.

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Added November 25th: at Ultimate Classic Rock, Nancy has repeated the possible plans for Heart:

Nancy tells UCR, they’re hoping to keep things moving forward in 2020 with new music. “The tour was really exciting after three years of not being [out there],” she says. On break until the spring, she plans to make good use of the downtime. “I’ve got a lot of song ideas in my head and in my notes on my phone, and [I’ve been] singing into my phone,” she explains. “So I think that new Heart material would be really great, because the last album we did was Beautiful Broken, [where] we kind of redid some of our favorite [songs from Heart’s catalog].” Roadcase Royale, the band Nancy formed during Heart’s hiatus, will be put on hold for the new year as Heart plans shows at some of the places they didn’t get to this year.  “[With] the Heart thing, the whale swallowed the sailor there,” she admits. “I think the next smart move would be to get some new Heart stuff going and then take it out on the road again. But not the same shed tour. Canada wants us up there … and probably some European dates and some other festivals and stuff like that. Things that don’t imitate what we just did.

02 November 2019 ~ 1 Comment

Nancy to play in San Diego

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Press release: There is something undeniably epic about a live guitar riff by an iconic rocker so Wonderfront fans better buckle up for our Sunday night finale as Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Steve Lukather (Toto), and Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke) take the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime all-star band performance, “Guitar Legends 3.” Not only will those 4 all-stars tear it up on our Uncle Ed’s D*mn Good rock stage, but they’ll also be joined by some surprise guests and backed by Kenny Aronoff and the LA All-Star Band. The legendary artists will play in different configurations, performing each of their hit songs and much more. This 90-minute rock ‘n’ roll concert will be televised nationally as a fundraiser to benefit veterans through the important organization, “America Salutes You.” With San Diego being such a patriotic military town, we can’t think of a better way to close out the inaugural year of Wonderfront Festival. Don’t miss your chance to see this ultimate jam sesh. Single day tickets for Sunday are still available, as are 3-day tickets and vacation packages. Who’s ready to rock? 🤘🏼🎸🇺🇸

The benefit concert will be live to tape on Sunday, Nov 24 at 8 p.m. at the Embarcadero Park as the finale of the three-day Wonderfront Music Festival. The 90-minute special will be broadcast nationally on the CW Network and internationally streamed. 

02 November 2019 ~ 1 Comment

Press release hints at new Heart music

HEART’S ANN AND NANCY WILSON TALK ABOUT THEIR MASSIVE AND ACCLAIMED“LOVE ALIVE” SUMMER AND FALL TOUR “Together, Nancy and I slipped into a new groove that worked!”–ANN WILSON “Coming back together this time felt not only sweet but more relevant than the past few tours.”NANCY WILSON HEART

ANN and NANCY WILSON–triumphantly returned to the road this year for their first tour in more than three years and the trendsetting, multiple-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legends talk about it in a new Q&A (below, along with tour photos). The “LOVE ALIVE” tour featured a stellar all-female line-up with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts joining the majority of shows. The tour line-up varied from date to date, with Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlile as special guests and support from Elle King and Lucie Silvas. The tour launched July 9 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO. While it was initially set for 40 dates, the tour was extended to include 52 performances that went through October 13 including a sold-out September 9 show at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and a stop at the iHeart Radio festival in Las Vegas on September 20. Along the way, the tour attracted packed audiences and earned wide critical acclaim. Armed with a musically diverse set list, ANN and NANCY were backed by Craig Bartock (guitar), Dan Walker (keyboards), Denny Fongheiser (drums and percussion), Andy Stoller (bass) and Ryan Waters (guitar). In addition, HEART partnered with REVERB for the shows, to reduce the environmental footprint of the events while also engaging fans in local and national causes each night in the concourse. For more information, visit www.REVERB.org

ANN AND NANCY WILSON Q&A (October 2019) 

Q: Congrats on the massive “Love Alive” tour. HEART performed hits, deep album cuts and covers of songs that shaped HEART. Can you tell us how important the set list was for this tour? ANN: “It was important that we played to our early stuff just as much as our radio hits. Songs like ‘Rockin Heaven Down,’ ‘Mistral Wind,’ ‘Love Alive,’ ‘Little Queen’ and ‘Dog and Butterfly’ were in balance with the radio hits like ‘Magic Man,’ ‘Crazy On You,’ ‘Barracuda,’ ‘These Dreams’ and ‘Alone.’ We did only a very few covers that spiced up the set and honored our solo sides: ‘Your Move’ by Yes, ‘The Boxer’ by Simon and Garfunkel and ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin. This mix was very important to show what this band can do now. I feel this was the best all the Heart songs have been played ever. They took on power, weight and meaning in 2019.” NANCY: “The set list for this tour was the key to the tour. Fan favorites and new versions of the classics kept it fresh and surprising.” 
Q: While you both have toured over the last few years on your own, what was it like coming back together for the HEART tour? ANN: “For me it was a thrill to put my voice and soul to the Heart songs. The two years of solo work taught me things about life and singing I never knew before. I felt like I was coming at this tour very strong and fresh. Together, Nancy and I slipped into a new groove that worked!” NANCY: “Coming back together this time felt not only sweet but more relevant than the past few tours. We had renewed inspiration to play together after the long absence and we both brought along some new inspirations from our solo ventures.” 
Q: HEART notably took out all-female artists on the tour. What was the dynamic of a bunch of women out on the road…onstage + backstage?ANN: “The dynamic of the ‘Love Alive’ tour both onstage and backstage was friendly, warm and fresh. All the artists liked each other and each other’s music and were grateful to be a part of it. It was an honor to work with Brandi Carlile, Elle King, Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett and Lucie Silvas, as well as the other openers that joined over the months. All involved were very happy to be there! There were parties, dinners and hang times. All the musicians mixed and mingled. It was an authentically inspirational cross pollination of ideas and personalities.” NANCY: “Working with other great female artists was something we’d avoided in the past, so as to not appear too gender specific. But the timing for it couldn’t have been better and the energy was wonderful.” 
Q: If you overheard one fan talking to another after leaving a HEART show from this tour, what would you like to hear them say about the gig? ANN: “I’d like to hear them say they caught the magic.” NANCY: “I really love how fans love the songs. It’s great to think that what the fans take away is to relive all their favorite moments and feel inspired.” Q: Can you talk about what’s next for HEART?ANN: “It’s too early to say for sure, but new music is rolling around inside my head…” NANCY: “Because the tour was so fulfilling, as well as quite successful, it’s fun to start imagining what the next step could be. A new song or two would be a beautiful thing!”

Read more from the press release including reviews from the tour

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21 September 2019 ~ 1 Comment

Heart plays Vegas iHeart Festival

On September 20th 2019 Heart played at the iHeart festival in Las Vegas.

It’ll be broadcasted on The CW Network on October 2nd and 3rd at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

15 September 2019 ~ 1 Comment

Love Alive’s 1st leg finale

Fearing this Heart tour might be their last*, I caved in and flew across the Atlantic to experience a couple of shows. I’m so happy I did. Once the tour started a saw a lot of fans complain about the setlist, the bandmembers, Ann’s voice and the lack of sisterly love on stage. So I went to the show in Concord (California) with rather low expectations. I saw Heart perform one of their best shows in a long long time however! 12.000 people there had a great time. Seeing Heart play the much smaller Pearl venue in Vegas was a treat and see them finishing this leg at a thundering Hollywood Bowl is something I’ll never forget.

(TDHS 2019)

Setlist
Yes, as we’ve all grown accustomed to, the setlist is heavy on the 70s and light on the 80s and after. But a longtime fan would kill to hear Rockin’ Heaven Down, Love Alive, Little Queen and Mistral Wind live in one show. I haven’t seen a better setlist for decades. I do hope Ann doesn’t open their second leg shows announcing a trip through the decades while playing nothing from the 90’s and after. That may have been true earlier in the tour, but all that stuff got replaced.

(TDHS 2019)

Band
The bandmembers on this tour are basically the ones Ann recruited for her solo adventures. Throw in two stellar guitarists Nancy and Ryan Waters and you’ve got yourself a true wall of sound. I would have preferred to see more familiar faces on that stage like Ben and Dan, but I soon noticed that my attention was drawn to the sisters full time. As long as it sounds good, the majority of the audience probably doesn’t really care who plays the keys or the drums. And it did sound really good.

Hollywood Bowl (photo by Bonnie O.)

Ann
Okay, let’s be fair. Ann is 69 and does not hit those high notes with ease or sometimes not at all. Anyone surprised? Anyone wants their money back? Hell no. I was very impressed with her voice and her emotional delivery (like on What About Love and Alone). At the Hollywood Bowl show she had a bit more trouble as it was a show in a long exhausting line of shows. By the way: Nancy sang some great leads and together the sisters sound as good as always (for instance on The Boxer).

Hollywood Bowl (photo by Bonnie O.)

Sisterly love
This topic has been so divisive these last years and even during this reunion tour. I agree with what many fans have been saying. Ann and Nancy interact a lot less than previously in their joint career. But it is really not as bad as you’d think. And does it really matter? Not to me. And if it does matter to you so much, then you gotta ask yourself why it is so important to you. They have their little moments and I even got to witness a good old hug. Seeing them together on stage as Heart gave me chills and it made me realize that their split up had affected me much more than I admitted.

Hollywood Bowl

There is so much video on Youtube and Facebook out there, so I’ll just post a couple. I have three live video’s on Facebook:
Live from Concord: These Dreams
Live from Vegas: Little Queen
Live from Hollywood: Stairway To Heaven

Cal Vid posted the entire Hollywood Bowl Show here and for the encore here.

However, one song is missing from the Cal Vid vids so here’s my recording of “Mistral Wind” at Hollywood Bowl

Check out Heart on the second leg of the Love Alive Tour.

*This tour has not been billed as the last Heart tour. I have no information about a new tour either.

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