Q&A - When do think the original line-up of Heart peaked on the road? Which bands do you have the fondest memories of playing with...?

I appreciate your accessibility to the fans for all these years. It's nice to see. Some musicians relish the chance to engage their fans and others seem to sequester themselves away. I can understand both approaches.

Some questions here for you:

When do think the original line-up of Heart peaked on the road? The best live show I've heard was probably spring of 1978, the California Jam 2 show. Was there a particular tour, gig or run of shows that stood out to you? -John G.

RF: Thanks for your questions, John. I think all the members of the band would agree that Cal Jam 2 was not our best show, just our biggest. There were many, many moments on the road that launched into a dimension that was other-worldly - transcendent. To name one city would be unfair to other locations, as, for instance, in Columbus, Ohio, we baked under hot lights too close to the stage. We were all dripping with sweat. The humidity in the over-packed room was so thick you could feel electricity running through the air. WE F*CKING ROCKED!

And in New Orleans, not long after they’d pulled the plug on us at Mile High Stadium, the Marshall Tucker Band had to try to follow us at an outdoor event. We rocked so damn hard there was no way anyone could follow us that day. By the time Marshall Tucker went on, the security fence in front of the bandstand had been demolished. The dominance was undeniable.

But my first instinct was to reply, “Heart’s peak happened in the year 2020, when Steve Fossen, Mike Derosier, Howard Leese, Ann and Nancy Wilson joined forces with Michael and Roger Fisher to put on one of the most incredible, energy-charged performances in rock history.

Heart spent some time opening shows and then time as a headliner. Which bands do you have the fondest memories of playing with (either opening or headlining) and which ones not so much? 

RF: Eagles were definitely one of the best bands we ever played with… Rush, still friends to this day, Van Halen, Eddie and I used to hang out once in a while, Little River Band (the nicest guys), Queen, they would stop in and visit every time in Seattle, for several years. Really, it’s kind of difficult to say. Most musicians are cool and we all appreciate the trenches we serve time in.

Ridin' down the highway
Goin' to a show
Stop in all the by-ways
Playin' rock 'n' roll
Gettin' robbed
Gettin' stoned
Gettin' beat up
Broken boned
Gettin' had
Gettin' took
I tell you folks
It's harder than it looks
It's a long way to the top
If you wanna rock 'n' roll

A lot has been made of the recent break-up of Heart. In the internet interview you posted a link to, you chose not to comment on the current spat. I don't blame you - it is a sad story and there's really nothing anyone can say about it. We weren't there and it's really nobody's business except theirs.

What I would like to ask you (since you have a brother and I have a brother, and I have found I can rarely go three days hanging out with my brother without us pushing each other's buttons) is to elaborate on what it was like being in a band with two siblings. You look as Oasis, the Kinks, the Everly Brothers and others and it's not often that two siblings can exist for so long together as friends when dealing with the ups and downs of the music business. Your take on it?


RF: I think it boils down to intelligent choices. We all have the power, every second of every day to choose whatever emotion, sentiment we like. When people choose division, we all suffer, as we are each a microcosm of the whole. That’s why when someone asks, “I’m just one person…what can I do to help the world?” Well the answer is simply, “CHOOSE HARMONY!”

My brother Mike and I were around 13 and 15-years-old respectively, when  we realized that someone was going to die soon if we didn’t make some kind of peace agreement. So we made a pact that has held through to this day. We invented a new letter. It is a combined d and b… db. Any word that uses this letter is a word filled with humility, compassion, grace and love. Our names for each other in that pact became, “dbash.” That is the name of our company, dbash Productions, LLC.

Isn’t it all about personal evolution, and what we bring to our fellow humans, all members of the Human Tribe?

Thanks and continue the great posts and music!

-John G.