Heart has just released a digital download of its performance of "Stairway To Heaven" from their tribute to Led Zeppelin last month at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. The track, which is available via iTunes, also features Jason Bonham on drums. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson made their bones covering Zeppelin tunes on their way up in the clubs of the Pacific Northwest and continue to revere the band.
Lead singer Ann Wilson told us that it's a tricky proposal any time you decide to tackle a tune from Zeppelin's mighty catalogue: "The thing about Led Zeppelin is that their stuff has to be handled just right or you should leave it alone. Y'know, you shouldn't try to re. . . reinterpret it, or put your own (laughs) stamp on it. It's kinda holy stuff."
Wilson, who along with the band, will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring, told us that Heart never wanted to be specifically singled out for being women playing hard rock: "The thing that Nancy and I always fought the hardest against is the, y'know, gender designation of all these lists. Why girls have to be over here and guys have to be over there; why can't we all just do it together on the same footing?"
Heart's latest album, Fanatic, was released on October 2nd and peaked at Number 24 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Heart tour dates (subject to change):
January 25 - Worcester, MA - The Hanover Theatre For The Performing Arts
January 26 - Atlantic City, NJ - Caesars Atlantic City
January 27 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
January 29 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
January 30 - Schenectady, NY - Proctors
January 31 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
March 9 - Penticton, BC - South Okanagan Events Centre
March 10 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
March 11 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
March 13 - Regina, SK - Conexus Arts Centre
March 14 - Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place
March 15 - Brandon, MB - Westman Place
March 17 - Winnipeg, MB - Centennial Concert Hall
March 18 - Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
March 20 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
March 21 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
March 24 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
March 25 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre