All you really need is Heart
From hard-rock guitarist to '80s pin-up pop goddess to movie score pro, Nancy Wilson has seen her music career spread in every direction. But along with her sister Ann, Nancy will always be the beating pulse of the rock band Heart.
First gaining fame in the '70s with hits such as "Magic Man" and "Barracuda" and again in the '80s with pop anthems including "Alone" and "These Dreams," Heart has seen its music evolve with the times. But don't kid yourself -- they stand shoulder to shoulder among rock's legends.
Heart plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesday, May 2. Before heading out on the road, Nancy Wilson talked with the Stuck in the 80s podcast. Click here to listen to the podcast. Or click here to subscribe to all the shows for free on iTunes.
Here are some highlights:
On the band's move from hard rock to pop rock in the 80s: "It was a very much the style of the time. The fashions -- they do shift around. In our case, we thought it'd be fun to put on the lace gloves and the corsettes and the hairspray and really get into it. We had a backstage laminate that was just a frame of our two cleavages next to each other in corsettes and we called it the "Leave it to Cleavage" tour. It really was the fashion of the day.
On returning to to Seattle for the grunge revolution: "We came back to this really amazing musical community that was kind of exploding. They really embraced us. We were relieved in a way because we thought they might have an attitude like, 'Oh, you old sellout dinosaurs!' So it was a really cool time."
On working all the time with either her sister or husband Cameron Crowe: "We stick together. We're a clan. I know it's a rare thing. With Cameron, I really enjoy collaborating musically with people who I love and understand and get me too. In that I've been really lucky because the people in my immediate family are cool."
-- Heart, with Todd Rundgren, 7:30 p.m., May 2, Ruth Eckerd Hall. 727-791-7400