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Interview:
Rockers Still Have Heart After 30 Years
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been 30 years since Heart released its debut album, “Dreamboat Annie.” That means the sister duo from Seattle has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for fi ve years.

And singer Ann Wilson hasn’t given up hope of eventually being inducted into the shrine.

“I can see that happening at some point,” says Wilson, 56, who formed Heart in 1970 with younger sister and guitarist Nancy Wilson, who’s married to former music journalist and fi lmmaker Cameron Crowe.

“It’s pretty political,” she says. “It has to be one of those things where the right people have to want you to be there, and we’re probably powerless to go in and try to give them a lollipop or send ’em fl owers or something.

“To help it along, I would say the best thing we could ever do is to try and be and remain relevant and make ... good music.”

Heart’s last studio album was 2004’s “Jupiters Darling,” which was the Wilson’ fi rst set of all-new material in 11 years. Ann Wilson says it’s not a gap they want to repeat, though she notes that their individual endeavors — her acting, including “The Vagina Monologues,” and Nancy’s work in film scoring — make planning Heart projects trickier.

“We kind of set down some rules for ourselves that if we’re going to do something, we have to be serious about it,” she explains. “We have to make it sound good. We have to have a certain level of good songwriting on it.

“You don’t just all of a sudden pop out a record just because you want to. It’s a big process, especially if anyone in the country’s gonna get a chance to hear it. You have to work hard on it.”

Heart and Alice Peacock perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday (July 17th) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $37.50 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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