Original Heart Lineup Reunite At Rock Hall Induction

(Radio.com) "My name is Chris Cornell, and I'm here to induct my hometown heroes, Heart." That's how the Soundgarden frontman started his Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction speech.

Cornell continued by saying, "Let us now praise sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson." before mentioning the rest of the original band. "Together these people made magic."

"It never occured to us that Ann and Nancy Wilson were women existing in a world dominated by men," Cornell said. "They blasted any sexist barriers in front of them." He pointed out that Heart put the Pacific Northwest on the map "in a major way."

"Before that, no one thought that rock stars could come from Seattle," he said. "Heart was important to us, not just as musicians, but as proof that Seattle could produce something beautiful and rocking."

He continued: "When you first heard the great albums that these men and women made, you had the sense that here was a band that knew exactly what they were doing and where they were going. They naturally rocked hard, and their folkier songs seemed to show a genuine understanding of folk music. Heart felt in touch with their musical heroes in a way that is authentic to me."

...The original lineup performed "Crazy On You," followed by "Dreamboat Annie," featuring Ann playing a flute solo. Nancy then traded her acoustic guitar for an electric, and although a player of her caliber needs no support, for "Barracuda" she was joined by a guitar army of Seattle royalty Cornell, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains. A lot more details.

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