By Cole Premo, WCCO

Well-known for their mega-hits “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You” and “Dog And Butterfly,” Heart is still rocking and recording albums after four decades of making music.

To promote her upcoming concert at Mystic Lake Casino, lead singer Ann Wilson took some time for a WCCO interview to discuss the show and a plethora of other topics, including her upcoming album, “Fanatic,” Heart’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination and much more!

At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to pursue singing/songwriting? Did you and your sister kind of come to the whole idea together or did your interest in music influence your sister?

“Well, we, being sisters, we grew up in a musical family and it was just a natural thing for us to progress into. I think that when we got into a band together, like everybody in the band, you know, wants to make a record someday – that was our goal, too. When that looked like a reality, then we knew that was something we wanted to do. And that was probably around 1976.”

I like hearing what musicians believe their message. So, what would you like a listener to take away from a Heart experience?

“If there is any one thing I can boil it down to is, I would say that, you know, Nancy and I are the real thing and we’re not posers. We just really just try to remain true to ourselves and call it like we see it.”

Do you believe that you are a pioneer for women when it comes to music?

“Yeah, I guess. You know … we did go into the rock music scene when there weren’t any other women really for things rock. I mean, there was Fleetwood Mac, but they were a little less rock, like they were more folk rock, you know? So, yeah, I think we did help to loosen the lock on the door a bit. Joan Jett, too, of course.”

As you know, in 2012, Heart was a nominee for the Rock and Roll hall of fame … will being inducted mean a lot to you or what are your thoughts on this?

“I’m not sitting on a hot stove waiting, you know, to be inducted, because they seem to have a little bit of a … I mean, there’s a woman deficit in the rock hall. But having said that, it’s incredible acknowledgment for your work. And I think if that ever happened, it’d be really amazing to be acknowledged that way. It’s just an amazing deal.”

Tell me more about the upcoming album.

“Well, ‘Fanatic’ is way more rock-heavy then Red Velvet Car was. It’s got 10 songs on it and I think two of them are what you’d call ballads. It’s quite, it’s a lot heavier. You’re just going to have to judge for yourself. It’s going to be released on October 2. I’m real excited about it.”

What should fans expect from your show at Mystic Lake?

“Well, they’re going to see a cross-section of all the stuff we do, from the beginning, from our first album, all the way through to the new album that we’re going to release in October, called Fanatic. They’ll see a real cross section. They’ll see a lot of rock and roll, and they’ll see some ballads. They’ll see, you know, Nancy really, really digging in on the guitar and me doing what I do!”

For more of the interview, check out the entire article on CBS Minnesota.

Heart and Joan Jett and the Black Hearts will be opening the 2012 Mystic Ampitheatre season on June 29, 2012. For more on tickets, click here.


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