Legendary rock group Heart talks past and future of music

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

MACK, Colo (KKCO) - They've sold millions of records worldwide, recorded more than a dozen albums and written countless chart topping songs -- and Thursday night, Heart added another accolade to their incredible career: being the first female rockers to headline Rock Jam.

11 News Reporter Tim Ciesco got to sit down with leading ladies Ann and Nancy Wilson before their set.

11 News: You two are pretty much the first big time female rockers and you're the first female rockers to headline Rock Jam

Ann: Really? Is that right? Wow.

11 News: How would you characterize the progression of women in rock and where do you think you fit in to that?

Ann: We fit right in because we're women in rock, that's where we fit into the women in rock thing (laughs). I think women have come a long way in rock but it's been incremental. It's not important that women get ahead, it's important that men and women are equal and standing side by side. If that's what we helped to do, then right on.

11 News: I want to talk about your song Alone. You can't turn on TV and not hear this song somewhere, whether it be American Idol or Glee or whatever. Why do you think this song is still so popular today and how do you feel knowing that it is still popular?

Nancy: I think a good song does stand the test of time and it just speaks well for the song itself, I think. It's one of those humanly aching, romantic songs that could have been written in any era. And I think it speaks to the heart of everybody -- no pun intended -- but it really does. We're now trying to remind people that we're the ones who did it first (laughs). Everybody does it now. It's really cool and it's a great song.

11 News: Next week, your new album Red Velvet Car comes out. What can you tell us about that?

Ann: It's a great record. The album drops Aug. 31 and it's our first studio album in six years. It's our 13th studio album in our career. This album is special because every song on it is written by Nancy and I and our producer Ben Mink. All the songs are autobiographical. Everything on there is about something that's happened to us or someone that we would like to say something to, really. So you know, it isn't just like a bunch of stuff we grab out of the air, reading the newspaper, I mean this is all real stuff. So that's why people should listen to it.

11 News: Why should people go buy it?

Nancy: If you like authentic rock n' roll that's original and vital and it's not digitally constructed -- it's a little different from a lot of things you get these days. It's very earthy and human although it's quite heavy, acoustic rock at the same time. Everybody seems to so far really be liking what they hear. We've had so much positive feedback already that it's a good indication that a lot people might really like it."

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  • by Lynn Location: Grand Junction, Colorado on Aug 30, 2010 at 04:48 AM
    Awesome, awesome group!! They sound just as good as they did when they first came out....I plan on buying their new CD when it comes out tomorrow. Thank you for bringing "HEART" to Rock Jam!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2010 at 04:45 AM
    Heart was my favorite group when I was younger...they are just as awesome today as they were then...new CD coming out Aug 31st!
  • by Tim Ciesco Location: Grand Junction on Aug 29, 2010 at 09:43 PM
    AKMan and N2heartsongs...thanks for the feedback! I appreciate your comments and I'm glad you liked the interview!
  • by AKMan Location: MO on Aug 28, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    Enjoyed your enthusiasm when interviewing the Wilson sisters - living vicariously through you!! I'll 2nd the earlier comment about how much it is appreciated that you focused questions on the music. A&N are the REAL deal - talent, intelligence, etc. Most of todays contemporary music is disposable. Thanks A&N for keeping the "Rock" in Rock and Roll!
  • by N2heartsongs Location: VA on Aug 28, 2010 at 12:44 PM
    Great interview Tim! Love when a true fan interviews the ladies. Thanks for talking up their music and not politics, sexism, or Ann's weight.....think it's going to be a great year for the band.
  • by danielle Location: nj on Aug 28, 2010 at 09:17 AM
    Wilson sisters can do no wrong. They ROCK
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