Two former members of rock group Heart are suing bosses of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over allegations their image was used to promote the band’s induction even though the two musicians were not involved.
The original Heart line-up, featuring Ann and Nancy Wilson, was inducted to the institution last year, but bassist Mark Andes and drummer Dennis Carmassi, who were members from 1982 until 1993, were not included.
The pair is now taking legal action against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alleging their likeness and the songs they performed with the band were used without their permission.
In legal papers, obtained by Billboard.com, the pair state they felt “humiliated” when they had to explain to fans and fellow
musicians they were “inexplicably not chosen for induction”.
The complaint adds, “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… Although induction to the Rock Hall is normally a positive thing, to be knowingly and/or recklessly placed in such a position by Defendants is highly offensive to a reasonable person when being placed in that position requires having to continually correct the record on an issue of such personal importance.”
The legal action also quotes Ann Wilson, who told reporters on the red carpet at the induction that she believed Andes and Carmassi should have been included.
The musicians are seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages and exemplary damages.
The legal action comes after Hall of Fame bosses were involved in a dispute with veteran rockers KISS over which members of the band were to be inducted at this year’s ceremony. The band refused to perform at the event as a protest over the decision not to include current band members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.