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Multiple projects keep Heart beating busy

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Nearly 40 years after its formation, Heart is beating stronger than ever this year.

The group, led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, released a box set, "Strange Euphoria," in June. A memoir, "Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll" publishes Sept. 18, while an album of new material, "Fanatic," comes out on Oct. 2.

"There's so much going on, I don't know what would be busier," says Nancy Wilson, 58, who married for a second time -- to Fox TV executive Geoff Bywater -- earlier this year after divorcing from Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Cameron Crowe two years earlier. "I guess it's like the 80s, when we were constantly on tour and making albums. We never stopped."

But old sister Ann Wilson, 62, adds that, "Now we have some clue as to what we're taking on. Back when we came out, we were just kids, not understanding what was involved in the music business or going on tour or any of that stuff, what it's like to have people know about your life and be invested in your music.

"Now we kind of go, 'Whoa, OK, here it comes...' "

The Wilsons take stock of all that in "Kicking and Dreaming," which Nancy promises will be "a page-turner," but not necessarily in the sensationalistic sense.

"It's a rock story, and there's way ups and way downs and triumphs and a lot of vulnerability," Ann explains. "It's also a women's story of women coming into a business without any rules to protect them or help them understand how to proceed. And we were young.

"I think a lot of people who knew us are going to read it and go, 'Oh, so that's why those girls acted that way.' They're going to come to understand a lot when they read this, about how we were then and how we are now."

Heart performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Colosseum in Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. Tickets are $48-$93. Call 800-991-8888 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.

Web Site: www.caesarswindsor.com

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