Say the name [lastfm]Heart[/lastfm] to any fan of classic rock and immediately you’ve got a sing-along on your hands. [lastfm]Heart[/lastfm]’s music has helped define rock ‘n roll for over a generation, so it’s nearly impossible to think of the band without busting into one of rock’s great power ballads.
Last month, Heart released a brand-new album, Red Velvet Car, featuring the hot new singles “WTF” and “Hey You.” To help get the word out, bandmembers [lastfm]Ann Wilson[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Nancy Wilson[/lastfm] rode their Red Velvet Car right into the Street Date studios. They spoke with us about their career and treated a handful of lucky fans to songs from the new album as well as some all-time hits from their treasured catalog.
There are few things more enjoyable sitting back and listening as Ann and Nancy Wilson swap stories about the good old days (and bad old days) of their lifetime in rock ‘n roll. In our wide-ranging interview below, the two tell tales of sleazy promoters from the ’70s, of encounters with legends like [lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Steely Dan[/lastfm], and of near-death experiences halfway around the world (beware the Japanese rock festival!). Listen as these classy sisters (they still get along, after all these years) tell the tales in their own words.
[pullquote quote=”Are you kidding? I’d come get you in a red velvet car…” credit=”Nancy Wilson, to a friend”] [lastfm]Heart[/lastfm] began their Street Date session by debuting three songs off Red Velvet Car. In typical Wilson Sisters fashion, they shared a charming story about each song before getting down to business. Those stories are captured in the videos below, as are the stories behind “Hey You,” “Red Velvet Car” and “WTF.”
“Red Velvet Car”
[pullquote quote=”Some of the behind-the-scenes people were pretty sleazy” credit=”Ann Wilson, on the promoter who inspired the words to Barracuda“]As thrilling as it was to hear the new material, the real joy of [lastfm]Heart[/lastfm]’s studio session came when they switched gears and asked “anybody want to hear some old stuff?” In unison, the response from the room was “YES!” Without missing a beat, the duo dove into their signature hard rock tune “Barracuda.” For many people the song marks a watershed moment in rock ‘n roll – a lightening-flash revelation that saw women rockers finally lashing out against the male-dominated industry. The song cut right through the sleaze that surrounded so many parts of the business, and remains one of the most anthemic rock songs ever written (that guitar riff is no slouch either, and ranks among the all-time greats). [lastfm]Heart[/lastfm] closed out their Street Date appearance with a rare performance of their treasured, but lesser-known classic “Dog & Butterfly.” Hit play below to hear the stories and watch these killer performances.
“Dog & Butterfly”
Here’s the track listing for “Red Velvet Car”:
1. There You Go
3. Red Velvet Car
4. Queen City
5. Hey You
7. Saffronia’s Mark
8. Death Valley