I would have waited to send this from my home address but I found out about the above this morning [he’s referring to the Dreamboat Annie Live CD and DVD], and I didn’t want to wait until later to say how unfortunate it is that no attempt was made by Ann/Nancy to get all of you back together for it.
RF: While it would have been wonderful to have the original band recreate that incredible album, the context doesn’t exist yet that could support that right effort.
In order for something as appropriate and noteworthy as the original band reforming for any reason, Ann and Nance would have to forgive me my mistakes of the past. That way, we could feel comfortable around each other and once again be productive in a democratic relationship.
There are, however, no signs of a reunion in the near future.
As disturbing as it is for me and I’m sure many fans of the original (and best!) Heart, I’m not sure how you deal/approach news like this.
RF: Well, it doesn’t phase me. All I can say is that, if and when the correct context to support a reunion exists, I’d be very excited to work with Ann and Nance and the band – all people I have fond feelings for; great memories of; and great respect for. Each of the members of the original Heart were and are exceptional people, each with their forte. I personally feel obligated to give Heart fans every possible thing I can to help them experience what was an amazing amalgam of talent and spirit. I wish I could do more.
I’ve heard that Nancy is working on an autobiography. This timing should be great, as its release will coincide with my autobiography, which will touch heavily on Heart.
I’ve purposely avoided asking about your life during Heart but now that you’ve ‘opened the box’, I’d like to find out your feelings about events like this. It really seems they think of Heart as “Us,…..and the band”. I can’t help but wonder what reaction would take place if you, Steve, Howard and Mike got together with two women singers and did a “Heart” concert???
RF: A lot of people have strongly suggested we get other gals to take the place of Ann and Nance, and we’ve played with a few who were up to the task. The fact is, we would never get two women and go try to be “Heart.” Drosh and I feel very strongly about the sacredness of authenticity. It’s all I can do to get him to play Heart material at all, let alone try to capitalize on previous success with an imitation band. How could we possibly retain integrity doing that?
Thanks for the opportunity to ask about Heart.
RF: I hope a lot of fans come to the site to see these questions and replies. It’s high time the Heart history comes clearly into the light.