Heart Open Up On Dirty Secrets

Heart sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have opened up about some of the rock'n'roll stories that helped build their career.

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Heart sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have opened up about some of the rock'n'roll stories that helped build their career.

They tell all in their life-story book, "Kicking And Dreaming", which is published this week by HarperCollins.

Here's five things you didn't know about Heart...

Just Like Magic: Their first hit, 1976 track "Magic Man", climbed the charts thanks to the efforts of a radio publicist who offered DJs drugs and prostitutes in return for airplay. Nancy recalls: "When we were out of the way he'd pass the DJ a gram of cocaine, or the number of a hooker and say, She's yours, on Heart.'"

Put That Away: Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz snapped a topless picture of Ann during a shoot, then refused to destroy the negative. After legal action, the image is locked in a safe with two locks one key is held by Ann and one by Leibovitz. It's unlikely ever to be opened again.

No Eruption: The sisters once refused a four-way with Eddie and Alex Van Halen while the bands were touring together. That same night Nancy discovered Eddie didn't own an acoustic guitar and gave him one of hers.

Ramble On: Before they made it big Heart were a covers band on the Vancouver club scene. One night in 1975 they were forced to live through the embarrassment of performing "Stairway To Heaven" just as Led Zeppelin themselves entered the club. Fortunately Robert Plant and co didn't appear to recognise what they were playing.

Family Moment: On discovering the sisters had started smoking pot at high school, their parents suggested all four of them try it out together. Ann says: "It wasn't the best pot but I wasn't about to share it with my parents".

Thanks to Classicrockmagazine for the report.

32 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Jesus_Dean
    One night in 1975 they were forced to live through the embarrassment of performing "Stairway To Heaven" just as Led Zeppelin themselves entered the club. Fortunately Robert Plant and co didnt appear to recognise what they were playing. That would have been the end of my career! I would have dug a hole, jumped in and pulled the dirt back in over myself, LOL.
    eVwaylon
    same here, except castration, dis-embowlment, poison, burned at the stake, and maybe some drowning at the bottom of the ocean, topped off by being hurled into the sun. but thats only if i played one wrong note.
    jsync
    wait.... Eddie agreed to have a 4 some.... with his brother. i find that creepy.
    TriAxe222
    2 rules. Never F*@K with the devil and never tag team with blood relatives. - Kenny Powers
    jwalk3r
    I love how it says they refused a fourway "once".... EVH kills them though without a doubt
    felixramsey
    I kinda wanna read this book now. Imagine a ****ing sex tape of the Wilson sisters when they were hot boning the Van Halen brothers. That would be the highest selling & most downloaded sex tape of all time. And a topless photo of Ann, again when she was hot. Dammit! I'm pathetic.
    City_Machine
    if we're talking Ann Wilson "Barracuda"-era, we have to locate and crack open that safe immediately
    imspazzen
    My god I forgot how hot Ann was... We need the team that found Bin Laden alerted immediately.
    turkeyjerky214
    If Leibovitz snapped the shot and there was no prior contract stipulating that Ann owned the copyright of the image (which I highly doubt there was), then it's 100% hers to do what she wants with. And yes, I'd love to see it as well.
    CaliforniaKid
    To be curious about the photo, I guess I'd like to know at what point the photo was taken. She struggled with a weight problem in later years. It might just look like a couple of balloons with a head.
    )v(egaFan90
    Men, it's time to break those two locks. That is, assuming the picture was taken pre-Roseanne Barr.
    iommi600
    "On discovering the sisters had started smoking pot at high school, their parents suggested all four of them try it out together. Ann says: "It wasnt the best pot but I wasnt about to share it with my parents"." LOL, ****ing awesome
    RichieJovie
    It's not quite "The Dirt" is it?
    MR.LZZYHALE
    that was hard-core shit man I mean sticking a phone up a hookers pussie danm
    Metalxorxdie
    I must have missed that one? I thought some radio publicist who liked them just offered drugs and hookers to the DJ in return for airplay?