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FANATIC Is Now Available! Get Your Copy http://bit.ly/Swwawf

Ann Wilson & Dean Wetter Wedding Album

Ann Wilson & Dean Wetter Wedding Album
15 new pics
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officialheart May 11, 2015
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Dog and Butterfly

Thanks to all of you, #DogandButterfly is on the iBooks Kids Bestseller list! YOU RAWK! C'mon #Heartmongers let's make it #1
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officialheart May 11, 2015
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May Sale!

There's not much you can buy for $5 nowadays... Take advantage of Heart's awesome May Sale!http://bit.ly/1E3mp02
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officialheart May 04, 2015

Officialheart's Photo Stream

17 new pics
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officialheart Apr 07, 2014

Officialheart's Photo Stream

13 new pics
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officialheart Mar 14, 2014
New Tour Date: Albuquerque!pic

New Tour Date: Albuquerque!

HEART SET TO ROCK ALBUQUERQUE, NM!4/26/14 -Route 66 Casino HotelTickets on sale NOW:www.holdmyticket.com/event/162028-heartHeart Mongers, be sure to check your email. Your fanclub ticket sale will…
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officialheart Feb 24, 2014
Heart Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum Extended EPK Officialvid

Heart Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum Extended EPK Official

Only 2 more days until the release of Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum! Enjoy this extended sneak peek!
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officialheart Feb 24, 2014

Walking Good (Live)

You can now stream 'Walking Good' from Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum and share with your friends. Enjoy! Pre-order now http://smarturl.it/HeartFanaticLive #FanaticLive https://soundcloud.com/officialheart/walking-good-live
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officialheart Feb 14, 2014
Heart Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum EPK Officialvid

Heart Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum EPK Official

Don't miss Heart's "Fanatic Live at Caesar's Colosseum" this Friday (2/14) at 6:40PM EST on AXS TV. For those of you who will be out…
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officialheart Feb 14, 2014
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Heart - "Hey You"

You are one of a kindYou are some kind of findHey you
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officialheart Feb 10, 2014
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Ann on The Beatles

ldquo;I’m still deep inside the little girl who shouted out Paul’s name whenever I saw The Beatles. I can’t tell you the many ways The Beatles enriched…
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officialheart Feb 10, 2014

European tour?

"...we want to come over and play all over Britain and Europe…" Read more of what Ann Wilson has to say in her recent interview…
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officialheart Feb 10, 2014

Ann Wilson talks performing

  Ann Wilson chats about her performance at the NFC Championship and how she became the #12thMan     http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-super-bowl/0ap2000000320421/Seattle-Sound-Ann-Wilson
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officialheart Feb 05, 2014

Pre-Order Heart "Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum"

Pre-Order Heart "Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum" now on Amazon and at iTunes:Deluxe edition CD/DVD: http://amzn.to/1bsjAucBlu-Ray: http://amzn.to/IXJUT9DVD: http://amzn.to/1cyYH1JiTunes: http://bit.ly/1f4B8xkNorth American release date 2/25/14
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officialheart Jan 15, 2014
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Bid!

Bring a little Heart home and feed your soul by bidding on this Celebrity Martini Glass Auction item featuring our signatures and the artistry of…
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officialheart Jan 15, 2014

YouTube - Heart: Walkin' Good - YouTube Presents

Once upon a love so bright and true Weather changed and he went to Sunday School Once upon a dark and stormy day Promises dried up and blew…
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officialheart Dec 30, 2013
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Cyber Monday

Happy Cyber Monday Heart Fans! Today only, get 15% off STOREWIDE and free shipping on all domestic purchases in Heart's online store! Visit the store…
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officialheart Dec 02, 2013
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New Tour Date!

"An Evening With Heart" in Bossier City, LA
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officialheart Nov 18, 2013

New Christmas single is out!

Heart's Christmas single has released today! Available on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/1i6k4cW
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officialheart Nov 13, 2013
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Heart kicks ass

Do you agree?
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officialheart Nov 13, 2013
Thank you to all who have and continue to serve our country. VeteransDaypic

Officialheart's Photo Stream

22 new pics
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officialheart Nov 10, 2013
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Bridge School Benefit Concert

Heart's performance at The Bridge School Benefit Concert October 26thOther acts include Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Arcade…
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officialheart Nov 04, 2013
Seattle peeps, anyone remember this? Did you go?pic
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officialheart Aug 02, 2013

Heartbreaker Tour 2013

Behind the scenes and live shots of the Heartbreaker Tour!
12 new pics
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officialheart Jul 27, 2013
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Gibson introduces the Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard

Highly figured Grade-AAA maple top dressed in a high-gloss nitrocellulose Fireburst finish with Cherry back and neck, and a commemorative “Fanatic” truss-rod cover. It retains…
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officialheart Jul 25, 2013
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Little Queen is now up on Jammit! Grab the isolated Master tracks jam with scrolling tabnotation!pic
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Kick It Out

nbsp; "I think that ‪#‎KickItOut‬ is a song that you can just roll out in your jammies and jam out if you want to. You can be really…
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officialheart Jul 13, 2013
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Nostalgia

What was your most memorable Heart show?
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officialheart Jul 09, 2013
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Anniversary!!

The self-titled album Heart turns 28 today!
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officialheart Jul 07, 2013
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VIP Lounge Meet and Greet Opportunity

Awesome mixed media art given to Ann and Nancy during the VIP Lounge Meet and Greet. Follow @HeartOfficial on Instagram with hashtag‎#HeartFanGifts to view other Heart gifts…
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officialheart Jul 05, 2013
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Happy July Everyone!

nbsp; For this month's Heart Store Special we are having a discount on purchases made from now through July 31st. -All orders over $25 will receive 15%…
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officialheart Jul 03, 2013
Meet Greet Package at the Greek Theatrepic

Meet & Greet Package at the Greek Theatre

Just incase you missed our previous post...  charitybuzz is auctioning a meet and greet package for Heart's Greek Theatre show in Los Angeles on August 22. ONLY 8…
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officialheart Jul 02, 2013
Bumbershoot: Under the Umbrella Podcast with Ann Wilson!pic

Bumbershoot: Under the Umbrella Podcast with Ann Wilson!

Listen to Ann talk about the #HeartbreakerTour, RRHOF, Kennedy Center Honors and more! http://bit.ly/19mlmid
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officialheart Jun 29, 2013

Heartbreaker Tour 2013

Behind the scenes and live shots of the Heartbreaker Tour!
13 new pics
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officialheart Jun 29, 2013
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Finally

nbsp; It is as if the nation just got a big breath of pure 02. The freedom to love and support openly. This is a victorious…
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officialheart Jun 27, 2013
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Stairway to Heaven Performance at the Kennedy Center Honors

I am so happy you all liked our performance of Stairway to Heaven at The Kennedy Center Honors event. It was our honor to…
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officialheart Dec 29, 2012

Sending our thoughts and prayers

For all the victims of the recent shooting in Connecticut, we ask that you light a candle for the angels to guide them on their…
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officialheart Dec 18, 2012

Inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It's official...we have been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Thank you to all of our fans for the support throughout our…
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officialheart Dec 11, 2012
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  • Member Since: 2010-07-27

About Me:

Ann and Nancy Wilson
HEART
2012

Anyone who has turned on the radio in the last several decades knows Heart intimately. California born Seattle bred sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson are behind some of rock’s most iconic hits from the wild call of “Barracuda” to the epic lilt of “Magic Man” to the deranged shriek of “Crazy On You.” Nancy’s guitar and Ann’s wail are practically part of the national archive, indelible elements of American pop culture. In their nearly forty years as a band the Wilson sisters have been lauded as sex symbols, idealized as feminist icons, and worshiped by critics and fans alike, selling over 35 million albums worldwide and thrilling audiences with their raucous live show. But as the band gear up for the October 2nd release of a brand new studio album, Fanatic, as well as their first ever biography, Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll the question isn’t where has Heart been but where are they going next?

“When you’re pushing sixty you know what you want and you go for it,” Nancy says. “You’re not going to test it out for five or ten years, you’re going to get in the car and drive.”

After rising to rock power in the 70s Heart racked up massive hits from their debut (in 1976) all the way through the 90s including songs like “These Dreams,” and “Alone.” Then, in the 2000s the Wilson sisters focused on other priorities. Nancy composed and performed award winning film scores to Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. Ann developed her career as a solo artist. But you can’t keep Heart quiet for too long. In 2010 the band returned to the Billboard Top 10 with the release of Red Velvet Car and a Top 5 DVD Night at Sky Church. The subsequent tour reinvigorated the sister’s taste for live performance and life on the road but as they looked forward to recording another record, something seemed to be in the way: their past.

For years friends and colleagues had been asking the sisters to do a book about Heart and it just didn’t feel right. “They always came to us with a real lascivious tabloid-y type idea,” Ann says. “You know - think of the ugliness and the dirtiness – but that’s so one dimensional. We’ve had moments of failure and vulnerability and humiliation, sure, but ours is also the story of women who are being told there are rules to follow and just won’t do it.” In the wake of the success of Red Velvet Car it felt like it was finally time to tell the true story of Heart’s past as a means of embracing Heart’s future. So the sisters decided to collaborate with veteran music journalist and Seattle rock scene expert Charles R. Cross, who also wrote the definitive Nirvana biography, Heavier Than Heaven as well as Roomful of Mirrors, a biography of Jimi Hendrix. “We figured if anyone can get the true rock and roll story of it all it’s going to be him,” Ann says.

Once they knew the book was happening, in typical Wilson sister fashion they didn’t hold back. “There’s really no point in going through all of this if you’re going to write a white wash – we really hung ourselves out there,” Ann says. Nancy agrees “I started talking about the book with Charley while I was going through a divorce, which was really hard, but later I was able to have the objectivity to come at the entire book from a healed sort of place. We don’t leave much unsaid.” While they were mining the deep past with Cross, the Wilson sisters were also pulling shoeboxes out from under their beds, so to speak, in search of special rarities to include on the first ever Heart box set, Strange Euphoria, which came out in June. “Part of the Devil’s bargain we’ve made with the industry is that there’s a very tight idea of what the outside world perceives Heart to be and a lot of the time the songs we’ve come up with don't fit that,” Ann explains. “We really do have multiple faces and this box set shows that.”

Between the book and the box set, the Wilson sisters had fully exorcized the past and now it was time to think about the future; they started writing songs that would become Fanatic. “We did it every possible way,” Nancy remembers. “We had many nights together on the tour bus. Then, when I was in LA and Ann was in Seattle we were each emailing each other lyrics ideas and [producer] Ben Mink groove ideas.” The threesome eventually congregated in the sister’s hometown outside of Seattle and had a series of what Nancy calls songwriting “pow wows.” When it came time to record, the band’s approach was organic, very much in keeping with their roots as true performance oriented rock band. “These days things are formulated digitally or layered or looped and assembled but this is live groove,” Nancy explains. “It was our mission to go in there and capture the energy as it magically happens without too much over-thinking or repetition, just letting it escape.” When you put the Wilson sisters plus some trusted musicians in a room with instructions to feel their way around, great things happen. “You do a take and you listen and you go that’s so great, but that’s not the one, and then you go and have a snack and keep going and suddenly it’s like everybody’s hair goes up and it’s like: that’s the one!” Nancy says with glee.

From the crackling guitar noise and vicious drumbeat that drives album opener and title track “Fanatic” through the scorched-earth power of tracks like the “Mashallah” Fanatic is definitely a full-bodied American rock and roll record. “I place it really highly among the albums we’ve made, right along side Little Queen or Dog & Butterfly,” Nancy says. “Those are two really heavy hitting albums and this one has that same spark.” But the record's power is nuanced. “Million Miles,” has delectably ominous prog rock undertones, the collaboration with Sarah McLachlan, “Walkin’ Good,” has a sweet folky delicacy, and “Pennsylvania” is a poetic painting of a ballad. Among the album’s stand outs is also “Dear Old America,” which blends Heart’s signature rollicking rock and roll guitars with poignant lyrics about soldiers coming home from war, a topic close to both sisters’ hearts since they were born and raised as Marine corps brats. As it should, the title track most succinctly encapsulates the spirit of Fanatic. “I thought of Nancy who is so devoted to the idea of love and especially to the idea of romantic love,” Ann recalls. “She will not take no for an answer. There is no way you could ever convince her that it’s not real. She will not hear it. She’s a true fanatic about love, and I thought how cool and inspiring is that? The meaning then grows to become a worldview.”

Honoring your past while believing in the beauty and power of what’s to come has always been central to Heart’s ethos - it’s reflected in the brashness and defiant emotion of their signature sound. No one should be surprised that at this point in their career the desire to make emotional, rebellious music has only intensified. “We always joke around that we are warriors for love,” Nancy says. “We are the peace core and guitars and dreams are our lethal weapons. We say yes to inspiration. Say yes to the impossible impractical thing. We say yes to love. We go out in the trenches and fields with our weapons and shoot.”

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