11 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Ann Wilson’s Zepp offer goes global

Ann & Nancy Wilson

Ann & Nancy Wilson

In this original article the following was said by Ann:

Jeb:  Hypothetically, if Plant said, “no” to a reunion and the band went on without him, would you audition for the gig?  

Ann: Well, would I have to audition?

Jeb: I don’t think you would. 

Ann: I don’t know.  Hypothetically, if they ever needed a lead singer and Heart was not active at the moment then, sure, I would.  I would go and play with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones any day of the week.

Jeb: Heart could open! 

Ann: [laughter] Yes!

This little snippet of the interview has caught the world’s imagination as it is being picked up all over the world:

Belgium: ANN WILSON AVEC LED ZEPPELIN?
Germany: Ann Wilson mit “Led Zeppelin” auf der Bühne?
United Kingdom: Ann Wilson: ‘I’d take on Robert Plant duties in Led Zep’
Brasil: Led Zeppelin: Ann Wilson adoraria substituir Robert Plant

 

 

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02 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Kennedy Center Stairway Full Version

2 years ago, on December 2nd 2012, Ann & Nancy performed “Stairway To Heaven” in front of an audience in awe. This is the full version. Only a shortened version was broadcasted. See Led Zeppelin, President Obama, The First Lady, Stephen Colbert and Bonnie Raitt among others as they witness and enjoy this historic performance with that incredible finale.

USA ITUNES: AUDIO | VIDEO
UK ITUNES: AUDIO | VIDEO
AMAZON: MP3 | CD

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13 September 2014 ~ 2 Comments

New October release: BOX SET

Another new collectible on the horizon! Did you guess it?  On October 14th Sony Legacy will release a new BOX SET with as yet unknown contents. The Heartlinker will be keeping you updated on this new release in this post.

First update: it has FOUR discs! And the title “The Box Set Series” suggests a simple catalog release with some extra’s in this fashion.

Update September 17th: Thank you Manny for reporting on the BBS!: Since Legacy/Sony are involved with this project, they tend to get the artists involved with their “Boxset Series'” ie. providing liner notes. Other boxsets released by Sony/Legacy in this series include hits, deep album cuts and alternative outtakes/b-sides.

Update October 7th 2014: and here’s the cover art!

“The Box Set Series” CLICK TO ORDER

Update October 11th 2014: “2014 four CD release, an installment in the popular THE BOX SET SERIES, which come packed with original hit recordings by the biggest artists in music history. For the first time, the classic recordings of these household names are now packaged in box sets that virtually any household can afford. This set from the Classic Rock duo features 44 tracks including ‘Barracuda’, ‘Straight On’, ‘Even It Up’ and the previously unreleased ‘Stairway To Heaven’.”

Update October 15th 2014: the track list has appeared at Walmart.com and thanx to David G for posting the correct order. Disc 4 has the previously unreleased on CD track of the FAMOUS and HISTORIC Kennedy Center performance of “Stairway to Heaven”. Plus… and this is not confirmed… I think that many of the tracks on disc 4 are taken from their Sony DVD release “Night at Sky Church”, which was not released on CD (except for a small promo with a couple of songs). “Never” (live) is listed on the set as previously unreleased on CD: at first I thought it would be the “The Road home” version that was released on CD in Japan, but that version did see the laser light as part of “Strange Euphoria”. So what is this? Also nice to see that the disc includes singles from their latest studio efforts “Jupiter’s Darling”, “Red Velvet Car” and “Fanatic”!

Disc 1: 1. Barracuda 2. Little Queen 3. Kick It Out 4. Magic Man (Live) 5. Dreamboat Annie (Live) 6. Mistral Wind (Live) 7. Sylvan Song 8. Dream Of The Archer 9. Love Alive 10. Cry To Me 11. Straight On

Disc 2: 1. Dog & Butterfly 2. Nada One 3. Bebe le Strange 4. Even It Up 5. Sweet Darlin’ 6. Silver Wheels 7. Rockin’ Heaven Down 8. This Man Is Mine 9. City’s Burning 10. How Can I Refuse 11. Allies

Disc 3: 1. Almost Paradise (Love Theme From Footloose) – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson 2. Nothin’ At All 3. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You 4. Kiss – The Lovemongers 5. The Oldest Story In The World 6. The Perfect Goodbye 7. Hey You 8. WTF 9. Walkin’ Good – featuring Sarah McLachlan 10. Rock Deep (Vancouver) 11. Tell It Like It Is

Disc 4: 1. Crazy On You (Live) 2. Heartless (Live) 3. Never (Live) 4. What About Love (Live)  5. These Dreams (Live) 6. Alone (Live) 7. Unchained Melody (Live) 8. Misty Mountain Hop (Live) 9. Rock And Roll (Live) 10. Black Dog (Live) 11. Stairway To Heaven (Live at the Kennedy Center)

Added October 25th 2014: I received my copy of The Box Set Series today (picture) and the “Never” (live) is from “Night at Sky Church” DVD/Blu-Ray, so indeed that song has never been released on CD. The two tracks after that could’ve been credited the same way. Both “What About Love” and “These Dreams” (with Alison Krauss) are from that same DVD, but have been released to radio-stations on CD. The booklet lists these two tracks as released on the “Night at Sky Church CD Sampler”. Doesn’t really count eh? The box folds out nicely and has a booklet about Ann & Nancy. Several pictures can be found, but actually no one but Ann & Nancy can be found on them.

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08 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Robert Plant: “Really Moved…Really Amazed”

Ann & Nancy Wilson

Ann & Nancy Wilson

Robert Plant (September 8th 2014) about Heart’s 2012 Kennedy Center “Stairway to Heaven”:
“I was really moved that somebody had taken a song which had been brandished and curtsied and cajoled and loved through 40 years, and they’d given it such a great makeover,” he says. “I heard it in a totally different way, and I was really amazed that it could have a life outside of anything I expected.”

Listen here (5 minute mark)

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15 June 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Canada 2014: Paul McCartney Cover

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQWCtlTsTJY

Heart – Let Me Roll It – Live – Paul McCartney Cover – Montreal June 14th 2014
Thanx to mojoeric for the upload!

And here’s the 2014 version of Heart ft. Jason Bonham:

Montreal Gazette: “After an intermission, they returned for an eight-song, 50-minute set made up exclusively of Led Zeppelin songs” “Robert Plant would have raised an eyebrow. The singer, in fact, could only have concluded that the legacy of his Zep work couldn’t be in better hands than Wilson’s.” “The highlights of the opening set were, perhaps, the unexpected ones: the obscure, but fascinating, labyrinthine epic Heaven [from “Alive in Seattle! TDHS], with its fascinating shifts from trad-folk drone to prog-rock drama, and an excitedly-received and remarkably faithful version of Paul McCartney’s Let Me Roll It.”

Set list:

1. Barracuda

2. Heartless

3. What About Love

4. Bebe Le Strange

5. Kick It Out

6. Even It Up

7. Straight On

8. Let Me Roll It

9. Heaven

10. These Dreams

11. Alone

12. Mashallah

13. Dear Old America

14. Crazy On You

Led Zeppelin set:

15. The Battle of Evermore

16. Four Sticks

17. No Quarter

18. The Ocean

19. Immigrant Song

20. Kashmir

21. The Rain Song

22. Stairway to Heaven

Photo of Nancy (left) and Ann Wilson, as well as Jason Bonham (below), by Dave Sidaway/ The Gazette.

Photo of Nancy (left) and Ann Wilson, as well as Jason Bonham (below), by Dave Sidaway/ The Gazette.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yG-tpwPdRI
“Kashmir”

and for the French speaking mongers…. HERE  and HERE and… HERE

Heart playing "Heaven"

Heart playing “Heaven”

“The Wilsons and their crack band played a standard 75-minute opening set that included their best-loved songs (with the notable exception of Magic Man), and which also included guitarist Nancy Wilson singing lead on a terrific cover of Paul McCartney’s Let Me Roll It. “I learnt the song today,” Nancy said from the stage.

The first standing ovation was for the band’s 1987 massive Number 1 hit Alone. Other highlights – despite the Bell Centre’s typically bad acoustics – were the epic Heaven (never released on a studio album) and the set-closer, Crazy on You, with 60-year-old Nancy Wilson working her trademark cross-legged jump and kick moves like a rocker half her age.” More from this review

 

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17 September 2013 ~ 1 Comment

LONG video of Stairway in iTunes

Ann & Nancy Wilson

Ann & Nancy Wilson at the Kennedy Center

“Stairway to Heaven” from the Kennedy Center Honors is available for purchase for the very first time in video! iTunes has a one-month exclusive on this video, which was re-edited by director, Michael Stevens, specifically for this purpose and contains footage not seen before.

As with the audio rendition of “Stairway to Heaven,” all proceeds from the sale of this title will benefit the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Purchase here: http://bit.ly/1emr5pR

Updated September 22nd 2013: the video has been in the top 5 musicvideo chart on iTunes until today. It’s still number 1 in the rockmusicvideo chart!

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15 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

New September 2013 interview with Ann


To promote the October 12th 2013, Town Toyota Center, Wenatchee WA show.

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