It’s been nearly 40 years since the band Heart released their “Dreamboat Annie” album, and so to celebrate a merging of old and new, original guitarist Roger Fisher and his brother Michael are throwing a party at McMenamins on Valentines Day.
“This is a celebration of Rog and I having completed the first leg of a really huge project we are working on,” Michael said.
The project he’s referring to is an expansive work of art, with it’s first installment called “All Told.”
It combines, Michael said, music, videos and writing, among other elements.
“We’re putting a lot of things together,” he said.
On Valentines Day, the duo is planning on playing the classic Heart album “Dreamboat Annie” through a hand-built sound system, showcasing the multimedia aspects of “All Told” and possibly playing some stripped-down versions of their songs with friends.
“All Told,” Michael said, is trying to express the essence of a generation.
“It’s got the whole section of music that’s about exploring within, the whole kind of psychedelic, spiritual era that we went through, and there’s a section about the loss of people that you love,” he said, among other sections.
Roger Fisher was a founding member of Heart, but separated from the band in 1979. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 with the band and currently lives in Bothell. The brothers also are a graduates of Inglemoor High School in Kenmore and Roger is a member of the Northshore School District’s Wall of Honor.
Since then, he has been involved in various projects. He’s currently working with a group of largely local musicians, and they’re planning a concert at McMenamins later this year.
“There’s a lot of homegrown talent involved here,” Roger said.
Mingling with the fans, Michael said, is one of the things they’re most excited for on Valentine’s Day.
“So often, when we perform, we never get to visit with anybody because we’re so busy,” he said. “So this is a chance, we hope to get to mingle more.”
“All Told” albums and merchandise will be available at the event.