Sunday, February 08, 2009

Heart Rocks-Imagine Britney doing a Led Zeppelin cover?

I had a ton of fun going to a Heart concert Friday night. Although I've never mentioned it on here, I am a die hard fan.

It occurred to me while listening to Ann sing that although she has an amazing voice, if she were just starting out today, she wouldn't have a chance because she doesn't look like Britney Spears.

In order to get radio play today you have to have enough money to pay the larger radio stations and in order to do that you need funding and in order to get funding you need to fit the formula; Britney fits it, Ann doesn't.

Watching them reminded me of the vast difference between the boy/girl band generation of music and the generation that grew up in the 50s and 60s.

I remembered as a kid watching the Osmond's (of course-we actually went to church with them) and the Mandrel sisters' shows, they all played multiple instruments, wrote music and sang at church concerts growing up. Against that family background there may have been one or two standouts who had both a lifelong study of music and preforming behind them and also an amazing natural talent that was obvious to all.

This was how stars were born and this is what I saw watching Ann and Nancy put down a guitar and pick up a mandolin, drop a microphone and pick up a flute, put down a mandolin pick up a harmonica ect. and then laughed to myself imagining Britney running around grabbing instruments trying to figure out which end to play (No hate to Britney, I simply don't know the names of any other recent pop star types. You can insert any pop artist's name there, I'm sure.)

Ann Wilson has a voice that is stunning. Like listening to an opera singer at their peak; just her voice alone can send a chill down your spine. But their music is also a lot of fun. And even more fun when your hubby surprises you with tickets :) like mine did.

And since I can't seem to post even about a rock concert without it turning political, I'll have to add this. If you remember during he election Sara Palin's nickname during high school was Sara Barracuda. And whenever she came out to give a speech, she came out to Heart's Barracuda.

Being one of the original Seattle garage bands with the politics that the culture demands, Heart was not happy and supposedly published this letter. It appears to be a spoof done by a Seattle paper, but is funny just the same.

Some Heart clips below as well.


Nancy doing Tom Petty's You Wreck me

Ann's version of Immigrant Song



Anonymous said...

Not sure when this was posted, but I just wanted to say I completely agree about image being a huge factor now-a-days.

Ann's voice is my favorite outside of Freddie Mercury. That includes above Robert Plant (who's amazing nonetheless).

I will say though, that in the '70s, Ann was gorgeous. Nancy was also beautiful (and still is), but Ann was astonishingly beautiful.


TheSilentKnight said...

Your post says it all. I don't think we need to worry about it though, the day Britney attempts a LZ cover is the day the universe implodes. I recently got into heart b/c I found out that they do all these LZ covers. Respect for anyone who can rock battle of Evermore or Goin to California like that (voice and mandolin playing simply inspiring). Also, if they are half as cool as they seem they would probably be proud to have written that letter. Its hilarious.