Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick hit the road tonight (July 14) in suburban Detroit to launch their Rock Hall Three For All tour.
The trek capitalizes on the fact that all three acts have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the past three years -- Heart in 2013, Jett in 2015, Cheap Trick in April -- but Heart's Ann Wilson tells us that the tour was already in motion before the Rock Hall hook was attached to it:
"I think the three together was such a natural for the people putting this tour together, and we all know each other and like each other, so it`s cool...The Hall of Fame hook is something that was sort of put on the tour by Live Nation, and as far as all the musicians in the mix go, we’re all just playing together, and if one or both or all three of us had never been inducted it would be just the same. But I think that people look, if they`re on the fence about coming to a show and they go, like, `Well, let’s see, how do I spend my money?` Well, three bands in the Rock Hall, if that’s gonna make them change their mind and come to the thing, it`s probably worthwhile just living behind it."
Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen adds that:
"We’ve worked with Heart a number of times, worked with Joan a number of times but never worked with all of them together...It’s all good bands, bands that have stood the test of time, and we’re all still making records, too, and that's almost unheard of."
Heart, in fact, has just released its new album Beautiful Broken, while Cheap Trick released Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello, its first new album in seven years on April 1, just a week before its Rock Hall induction. Heart will close the show each night, with Jett in the middle and Cheap Trick opening.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.