Heart’s Wilson still pumped about playing musicWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Wilson was about 8 years old when she realized she wanted to play guitar.
“Me and Ann saw [The Beatles] on TV together and we were like, ‘Oh my god! OK, we need guitars!’” she said. “And we started begging immediately for guitars and put little bands together and played at schools and churches and living rooms and drive-in theaters — we played everywhere we could play.
“So that’s what started us up, and we decided to start forming bands and writing songs. We started pretty young, and we’re still doing it!”
Nancy and Ann Wilson will bring Heart to Centennial Terrace in Sylvania on Sept. 15 for an 8 p.m. concert. Gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 for reserved seats and $29.50 for general admission.
The sisters will be joined on stage by drummer Ben Smith, guitarist Craig Bartock, keyboardist Debbie Shair and bassist Ric Markmann.
With the 1976 debut, “Dreamboat Annie,” Heart launched an assault on the airwaves with “Magic Man” and “Crazy On You.” The Wilsons went on to prove women can rock, selling more than 30 million records with hits that include “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” “Even It Up,” “What About Love,” “These Dreams,” “Never” and “Alone.”
Nancy Wilson took a few minutes during a day off from touring and called from Albany, N.Y., to answer some questions for Toledo Free Press.
TFP: Heart is making a new disc?
NW: We’ve been working on the new album since the springtime, and we’re getting pretty close with it actually between these tours, hopefully getting it out early in the New Year.
TFP: You produced the band’s 2004 disc, “Jupiter’s Darling.” Are you producing this one?
NW: No, we’ve got a producer, somebody we’ve really been trying to get with for a long time. His name is Ben Mink. He got the Grammy with k.d. lang, and he also worked with Ann on her last solo album last year, “Hope and Glory.” And we’re just thrilled … We’re capturing something really extremely good with him that we’ve been looking for I’d say 20 years.
TFP: “Barracuda” — did you know what a kick-ass guitar riff that was when you came up with it?
NW: Oh yeah, we knew that sounded just right. And it’s forever fun to play.
TFP: You and your husband, Cameron Crowe, have two boys?
NW: Yes, twin boys that are going to turn 10 in January.
TFP: Do they think their mom and Aunt Ann are cool?
NW: They do! At least right now they do [laughs]. Maybe when they’re teenagers it might not be the same, but they love it. They come on the road with us and they check out the show and they love the tour bus; they’re really excited about and proud about the family business.
TFP: How do you think Heart has influenced music?
NW: Well, from the perspective of being told by people what we’ve given to them, I think we’ve kind of stuck around long enough to surprise a lot of people. And women get a lot of strength from us being out there doing this for so long and surviving. I guess it’s a good thing for us as a rock band, working with men and women equally together, that it’s a good imprint to leave in the world, that it’s not just an all-girl band or one pop star with a revolving door of players. It’s a real band that stuck together, and that’s becoming a more rare and beautiful thing these days.
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