Heart Beating Its Way To Tulsa Gig
Heart is led by sisters Nancy, left, and Ann Wilson.
Heart won't ever deteriorate into an oldies, play-only-the-hits
That promise comes from Ann Wilson, the rock band's lead singer,
who said passion and creative fire, not a ho-hum obligation to
fans, drive Heart on the concert stage and in the studio these
"You can take the songs that may be older songs and really bring
them to life when you perform, to keep the fire burning," she said
during a recent telephone interview. "It has to be alive and awake.
That's a must. We will never be a jukebox that just throws the
songs at the people. It will never be a meat-and-potatoes
Founded and led by Wilson and her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson,
Heart will prove they still have fire in their playing and singing
when they join Def Leppard for a concert at 7:30 p.m. July 19 at
the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver St. in Tulsa. The show will include
Heart's radio staples like the aggressive, galloping No. 11 hit
"Barracuda," which was named the 34th best hard-rock song of all
time by VH1 in 2009, as well as tracks from Heart's latest compact
disc, "Red Velvet Car," Ann Wilson said.
"It was rewarding to make ‘Red Velvet Car' and it's rewarding to
play those songs in concert now, just like it has been when we made
all of our albums," she said. "Nancy and I love to write songs and
we still have something to say, as all artists do."
Known for the songs "Magic Man," "Crazy on You," "Dog and
Butterfly," "Dreamboat Annie," "Alone," "What About Love" and "How
Can I Refuse," Heart is set to play an 80-minute set before Def
Leppard, but the Wilson sisters are days -possibly weeks - away
from composing a set list.
"We always switch the set up," said Ann Wilson, who frequently
plays bass for fun and has worked with Elton John, Alison Krauss,
Alice in Chains and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, among others.
"We'll probably do ‘Crazy on You,' among others. There will be lots
of stuff heard."
Ann Wilson's nature is more rigid when it comes to her caring for
"I don't smoke anything and I don't drink alcohol," she said as her
tone grew serious. "Those are drying irritants for a voice. I stay
away from those, and I take lots of vitamin C. I try to remain
Heart has been hailed by fans and critics as a trail-blazer for
other female artists like Pat Benatar, The Go-Go's and Madonna over
the years. That acclaim draws both respect and a sense of awe from
"We really didn't imagine doors opening for other female musicians
and writers back then," she said. "The idea was to just go out and
play and sing. We were focusing on getting that next club gig back
then, and it eventually shot us into the future."
Def Leppard and Heart
When: 7:30 p.m. July 19
Where: BOK Center, 200 S. Denver St. in Tulsa
Tickets range from $35 to $125 and can be purchased by calling
(866) 726-5287 and at www.bokcenter.com. For information, visitwww.defleppard.com and www.heart-music.com.