Heart’s leading front-women, Ann and Nancy Wilson, along with the entire original male lineup of the band, will perform together for the first time in 33 years, at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Soundgarden lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Chris Cornell, is scheduled to do the official induction at the event, which will take place in Los Angeles on April 18th.
For lifelong Heart fans, such as myself, this news is enormous and something that fans all over the world have hoped would one day happen. The official lineup consists of Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Howard Leese, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, and Michael Derosier. Also attending the ceremony, in support of the band’s induction, Roger Fisher’s older brother and former manager/sound engineer for Heart, Michael Fisher.
In the time that this lineup was together, they released 5 albums and timeless rock and roll hits, such as Barracuda, Mistral Wind, Magic Man, and Crazy on You. Since the lineup disbanded in 1980, with the departure of Roger and Michael Fisher, the band has seen several lineup changes, yet always managed to come out on top.
The original men of Heart, since the rest of the members departed, have played in other bands, each other, and worked on solo projects. Howard Leese was the only one of the original men, to stay with the band, until the 1990′s. He has been happily playing for Paul Rodgers and Bad Company, since that time. Howard released a solo album in 2009, Secret Weapon.
Roger Fisher is currently putting the finishing touches on a years in the making project, including a brand new solo album called All Told. The album is planned for release, shortly after the induction ceremony, and Roger plans to be touring. In the meantime, Roger and a tireless group of friends and industry pros, have been rallying support for Roger’s new project, on social media sites, everywhere.
Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier formed a band, fronted by a former Heart tribute band singer named Somar Macek, called Heart By Heart. Somar is one of the few that can emanate Ann Wilson, successfully, on the vocals. She and Steve have been happily together, for some time.
While some of the original members may have homes outside of Washington state, all of them still consider Seattle their home. The men of Heart can often be found, rocking the roof off of premier venues around the state, while the Wilson sisters are riding high on the successful releases of their latest studio album, Fanatic, and their epic boxed set, Strange Euphoria.
A biography, by Charles R. Cross, was also recently released. Entitled ‘Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll, this book answered many of the controversial questions, surrounding the breakup of the lineup in 1980, and the reasons behind it. That being said, it is nice to know that a band that preaches about love is willing to practice what they preach, by letting the past be the past and enjoying the “here and now”.
The 2013 induction ceremony will be held in Los Angeles’s famed Nokia Theater, on April 18th. Tickets to the event can be purchased at Ticketmaster (800-745-3000), and at the Staples Center box office.
Other inductees include Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, and Albert King. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, in the non-performers category.