Heart memorabilia collection charts superfan's devotion

American rock band Heart first found fame in Vancouver, and tonight the band returns to the city to play a show, much to the delight of superfan Brian Street.

Vancouver's Brian Street first saw Heart at age 15

American rock band Heart first found fame in Vancouver, and tonight the band returns to the city to play a show, much to the delight of superfan Brian Street. 

And if you don't think he's a fan, have a read of Brian's letter to CBC Radio's The Early Edition:

"I'm not sure if you're featuring a story about the Friday, December 13 Heart concert 'Home for the Holidays' concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, but I wanted to share my own 'slice of life' Heart story with you just in case.

"I was a kid growing up in Tsawwassen in the 1970s and a huge Heart fan as soon as I heard them at about age 12.

"Of course I also thought it was cool that they were living in Tsawwassen for at the time and we used to ride out bikes past their place hoping to meet them (we never did!).

"But I did once pull-up a few blades of grass from their front lawn as pre-teen keepsake.

"Once on a day off from school, when I was 14 or 15, I took the bus into town and knocked on the door at Mushroom Records in Vancouver, where they had recorded their first and second albums.

"I was all awe-struck and wanting to see the studio. The place was dead quiet and there were only a few people there, so I asked if I could see the recording studio where Heart had recorded their albums, and a fellow took me in to see the big room. I had the impression that he might have been the janitor or building manager.

"Being the young teenager that I was, and with few boundaries, I asked if they had any Heart memorabilia kicking around, as I was really into collecting rock posters and hoped they'd have something.

"Previously I’d had good luck at Kelly’s record store on Granville Street in getting promotional rock posters. The fellow looked around and from a dusty corner he brought out a large, mounted (not framed) huge colour photo of Ann and Nancy Wilson, which was the same image used on the Dreamboat Annie album cover.

"It was hand-signed by Toby Rankin, the photographer whose name was on the record sleeves.

"I was in a state of disbelief, but thrilled of course, and put it up under my coat in the rain and rushed back to take the bus back to suburbia and my teenage bedroom full of rock posters. 

"I then saved-up two months of my Vancouver Sun paper route money so that I could have the photo professionally framed and put up in my bedroom.

"It's a treasure I've kept ever since."



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