HEART: Former Members File Suit
Two former members of Heart have filed suit against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No, it’s not because they weren’t inducted when Heart was enshrined last year, but because the Hall used their likenesses in promoting the band’s induction.
The complaint from bass player Mark Andes and drummer Denny Carmassi, who were part of Heart’s comeback in the ’80s, says they are “not asking that defendant Rock Hall induct them into the Hall of Fame. Instead, this is an action to protect the rights, reputations and likenesses of Mark Andes and Dennis Carmassi through the causes of actions false light invasion of privacy, misappropriation of name and likeness invasion of privacy, injurious falsehood, libel, slander and right of attribution falsification of rock and roll history for Defendants’ wilful and unauthorized use of Plaintiffs’ images and likenesses.” Translation: If you’re going to leave us out, leave us completely out. The Rock Hall has not commented on this suit.
When it was announced in December 2012 that Heart would be inducted, Andes and Carmassi contacted the Hall, asking why they were not included. Hall of Fame CEO Joel Peresman responded by saying, “We have a group of people who are very focused on these things and collaborate on the various areas of their expertise. As we do every year, we went very carefully over all of the history and the members of Heart that were are [sic] being inducted besides Ann and Nancy [Wilson] were the ones everyone felt should be inducted. I am sorry if these others feel this isn’t right but this is the final decision of our committee.” Both Ann and Nancy asked the Hall to induct them, especially as they were in the band during its greatest run of commercial success.
Denny Carmassi is the original drummer in Montrose, and Andes was the bassist in Spirit — and is the one looking into legal action over Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” sounding similar to Spirit’s “Taurus.”