Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Former Heart members suing Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Two former members of Heart are suing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for using their likenesses in promoting the 2013 induction ceremony even though they were not inducted.

Billboard reports bassist Mark Andes and drummer Dennis Carmassi and were members of Heart from 1982-1993, during which the band staged a comeback with all four of its Grammy nominations and ten of its 20 Top 40 hits, including “These Dreams”, “Alone”, “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You” and several others.

Only Heart’s original lineup from the 1960s and ‘70s were inducted, despite requests by both players and band leaders Ann and Nancy Wilson.

The complaint states: “Plaintiffs 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."

Andes and Carmassi’s images were used on the Rock Hall’s biography page for the band including the band’s 1985 self-titled album's cover art.

The pair are seeking compensatory damages for all losses, treble damages on all trademark claims, punitive damages and exemplary damages.

Read more details at Billboard here.

In addition to Heart, the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame honored Rush, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Randy Newman and Albert King.

Heart recently released “Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum”, a package that captures the Seattle band live on their “Fanatic” tour at Caesars Colosseum in Windsor, Ontario, an event originally filmed by AXS-TV.

Heart are currently playing dates accords North America; the group will launch a Canadian tour with Jason Bonham on June 14 in Montreal.

See also:

VIDEO: Heart issue extended preview of Fanatic Live DVD
Heart announce Canadian tour
VIDEO: Heart vocalist performs anthem at NFC Championship game in Seattle
Heart music to be featured on Family Guy
Search Heart at hennemusic