By: Gary Graff
It's a big night for Heart as the group prepares for its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight (April 18) in Los Angeles. Heart's "Dreamboat Annie" lineup -- sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, guitarist Roger Fisher, bassist Steve Fossen, guitarist-keyboardist Howard Leese and drummer Michael DeRosier are expected to reunite for the first time in more than 33 years.
Heart has been eligible for induction since 2001, but Ann Wilson tells us that finally getting in has been worth the wait:
"I know people tend to go, when they don't get inducted into the Rock Hall, they go, 'Well, it's all bullsh*t. It doesn't mean anything to me,' and then when they do, all of a sudden, 'Yeah! It's great!' It's such a hard thing for a musician because the thing that makes you do it is the music itself. It's not the achievements. But acknowledgement is...if you don't love that and take that to heart, then I don't think you're human."
Heart will be inducted by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and joined on stage by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell. McCready tells us he's pleased to see his Seattle forebears getting their props:
"Yeah, I totally am excited for them to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I texted both Ann and Nancy and said, 'Hey, it's about time!' It's great that a) that women are getting into it more and they are rock stars from Seattle, Washington, and they were every integral. Before anything happened here they were and are the kind of real rock stars from here. As a young teenager playing in bands and even before that I knew of Heart and I went and met them at Peaches Records in 1978 and it was a big deal, 'cause you felt like they were a part of Seattle history...It was p retty much male dominated back then, and they could rock as good if not better than most bands back then. I'm glad they're getting the accolades they truly deserve and I love Ann and Nancy dearly."
Heart will be inducted alongside Rush, Randy Newman, rap group Public Enemy, the late disco queen Donna Summer and the late blues guitarist and rock influence Albert King, as well as non-performers Quincy Jones and Lou Adler.
The ceremony will be filmed by HBO and broadcast on May 18.
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