Who doesn’t like a power ballad, that soft underbelly of a hard rocker, rarely seen in the light of day? You’ve probably heard the story…the power ballad is often the biggest hit for heavier bands, opening their music up to the love-song loving masses.
Heart have often been described as the “female Led Zeppelin,” as much for their arena-ready hard rock riffs as for singer Ann Wilson’s powerful, Robert Plant-like vocal histrionics. But the thing about the Seattle five-piece that most closely resembles the mighty Zep is their ability to shirt effortlessly between bombastic rock and roll and the most delicate folk-based music. Both sides of Heart are displayed in full glory on “Crazy on You,” the enduring hit single from the band’s 1976 debut album, Dreamboat Annie.
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It’s been a busy year for former Heart guitarist Howard Leese. The man who played alongside sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson for more than 20 years has spent much of 2013 performing in the Las Vegas musical Raiding The Rock Vault.
In honor of Heart's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, which was announced earlier today, GuitarWorld.com is proud to bring you this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Nancy Wilson's touring guitars — all the guitars (and other stringed instruments) she uses on the road with Heart.
Ann and Nancy Wilson are arguably two of the most influential women in rock and roll. The sisters, Heart's heart and soul, struck it big in the '70s with hit albums like Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen and Magazine, not to mention a string of unforgettable singles ("Crazy On You," anyone?) that are still considered classic rock mainstays.