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Interview:
Heart is beating strong to make some new music
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Heart's Ann Wilson says there's certainly a sense of solidarity for her band playing with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts this weekend at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Both groups planted sonic stanchions for women in the male dominated rock world during the 70s -- Heart with hits such as "Magic Man," "Crazy On You," "Barracuda" and more, Jett with the Runaways first and then a solo career that blasted off during the early 80s with "I Love Rock and Roll." Heart's achievements were honored with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction two years ago, while Jett will be part of the Rock Hall's class of 2015 on April 18 in Cleveland.

"She's going to have a fun night over there," says Wilson, 64, who co-founded Heart with younger sister Nancy Wilson during the late 60s in Seattle, though the group`s first album came out in 1976. "There's not much to do, really, except go there and be adored for the night. Adoration is fabulous; we love it. And the next day you go back to work."

Wilson is hoping Heart's dates with Jett will "give us a chance to hang out a little bit" after crossing paths sporadically in previous years. "We've played, I think, two or three single shows with over the years, so this'll be the first time to get to know each other as people, which should be nice. And maybe there'll be an opportunity for us to do something together on stage. We'll have to see."

Heart, meanwhile, has plenty of work in its near future according to Wilson. The group plans to spend part of its tour this year recording a follow-up to 2012's "Fanatic," and it's not waiting to go into the studio to do that.

"We're actually recording off the stage in sound checks, and we're gonna take the tracks and mess with them towards making a new record," Wilson says. "And we're doing the tour so we're touring and recording at the same time.

"We wanted to make another record, and then question was, 'Yeah, you do, but when do you do that, because you're on the road all the time.' The answer is, well, you do it on the road because nowadays we have the technology to do that. You can just get people at sound check or on a day off or something and play the songs and pull it off and take the tracks and put 'em in your computer...or whatever it is you have and finish it off."

Wilson says heart has a "fantasy deadline" of October to finish the album for an early 2016 release, and she

Besides the new album, Heart will be performing "The Warmth of the Ocean" at Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson" on March 30 at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Ann Wilson, meanwhile, has also recorded a song for the animated Holocaust film "Max and Me" and is "looking for a duet partner. They're looking among male opera singers, trying to find the right man, like a manly tenor to sing the song. It's going to be something I've never done before, so that's really exciting."

Heart and Joan Jett & the Blachearts

8 p.m. Friday, March 27

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Lapeer Road at I-75

Tickets are $20-$75

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com


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