November 29, 1997 |
In 1975, Pink Floyd released a sinister-sounding song about rebellious rockers being co-opted by the music biz and its big wallet. They called it "Welcome to the Machine." Before long, Pat Benatar and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart would be climbing toward extreme riches among the gears and flywheels.
December 11, 1993 |
For a moment or two, Heart's old Zeppelin-like blend of folk and metal re-emerged from the depths of Evermore at the Wiltern Theatre on Thursday. Too bad the charm of those '70s aesthetics wasn't enough to uplift the overwrought blandness of much of what has come since. The largely acoustic set that opened the two-hour concert was no surprise.
August 20, 1990 |
With Heart, you have to take the good with the bad: there's the strength of Ann Wilson's power voice, and the annoying cliches of that most manipulative of heavy-pop song-forms, the power ballad. Overall, the balance tilted toward the good Friday night at the Pacific Amphitheatre, where Heart played to a near-capacity crowd. Wilson sang with assurance and splendid control throughout the nearly two-hour concert, and the show's pacing doled out the heavy-ballad syrup in well-spaced dosages.
July 29, 1990 |
"My experience is that everybody in this audience is an addict of some kind or another," declares Anne Wilson Schaef, unabashedly categorizing about 500 women ministers as users and abusers: Workaholics. Shopaholics. Caffeine addicts. Alcoholics. Co-dependents. Prescription pill poppers. Perhaps all of the above. The women are not offended. Instead, they nod in agreement and cheer her on with frequent applause.
June 9, 1988 |
Heart came to the Pacific Amphitheatre last Friday, and it turned out that the band's videos lie. Ann Wilson does have a body, after all. On MTV, Heart's lead singer turns into an incorporeal being. The reason? Wilson has committed a sin that image mongers will not pardon: like a lot of people approaching 40, she has put on weight.
August 11, 1985 |
Ann Wilson, lead singer of the rock group Heart, knows how to deal with a declining career. She's had a lot of experience with that problem recently. After five years on top, Heart, which also features her younger sister, Nancy, on guitar and vocals, cooled off badly about four years ago. "It was a slap in the face when we suddenly weren't hot anymore," Ann, 35, said. "With all that money and fame, you can get jaded. Your work suffers. You live for today and don't worry about tomorrow.