Arts & Entertainment

Classic rock's leading ladies still have plenty of 'Heart'

The sisters who front Heart proved they could rock with the best of them 30 years ago with hits like Crazy on You, Magic Man and Barracuda.

Ann and Nancy Wilson aim to prove to Tri-City audiences they still have what it takes now that they're closing in on 60 -- Ann's 59 and Nancy's 55 -- when they perform Sept. 22 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are from $45 to $75. Heart performs at the Puyallup Fair the following day, Sept. 23.

Ann and Nancy Wilson's band sold more than 30 million albums worldwide since the 1970s.

According to Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll, after attending college, Nancy started performing as a folk musician while Ann followed her draft-dodging musician boyfriend to Canada and became the lead singer in his band White Heart.

Nancy finally gave up the folk circuit and joined the group in 1974, the same year the band name was shortened to Heart.

Their popularity waned until 1985 when their self-titled album yielded four Top 10 hits: What About Love, Never, These Dreams and Nothin' At All.

In 1986, Nancy married director/screenwriter Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Singles) and made cameo appearances in some of his films and scored five of them including Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous.

The Wilson sisters also played a key role in the Seattle music scene with their recording studio Bad Animals, where Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden have recorded.

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◗ Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;