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Tuesday
Feb252014

Ann Wilson Says Heart's New Concert Video Offers "a Really Interesting Look" at the Band

Frontiers RecordsA new concert video from Heart titled Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum hits stores on Tuesday.  The release, which is available as a CD/DVD package, a standalone DVD, a Blu-ray and a digital video, features highlights from a July 2012 show that the band played in Windsor, Canada.

The show took place shortly before Heart's latest studio album, Fanatic, arrived in stores, and featured performances of five songs from that record, as well as such hits as "What About Love," "Even It Up," "These Dreams," "Alone," "Crazy on You" and "Barracuda."

"It's a shot of what our band is like live -- who were are, what we sound like, our new songs and our old songs…and everything in between," says frontwoman Ann Wilson, speaking with ABC News Radio about the new video.  "It's just a really interesting look at Heart, after all these years."

Heart always has mixed hard-hitting songs with gentler, more melodic tunes, but Wilson notes that the material from Fanatic "was surprisingly rocking."  That includes the album's title track, which Heart used to kick off the concert video.

"The song 'Fanatic' was perfect to start out with, because you walk out there and you say, 'Hi, we're here,' in a way that can't be ignored," Ann explains.  "Everybody kind of [had] their eyes opened wide, you know?"

The singer also points out that Caesars Colosseum was an excellent venue for Heart to be captured in concert.  "They had great lights and it just lent itself to being filmed," Ann maintains.  "It was a big, showy place."

One interesting aspect of the Fanatic Live concert was that the band was accompanied on select tunes by a string ensemble that was led by the album's producer, Ben Mink.  Wilson says she appreciates how a real string section enhances the Heart sound, pointing out that "it really meshes very well with our music."

Looking ahead to what's in store for Heart, Ann reports that she and her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, have been amassing material for a follow-up to Fanatic.

"There definitely are some notebooks full of new songs and…Nancy and I are always in dialogues about what do we do next, who do we do it with," she tells ABC News Radio.  "[So,] you can look to a new album from us within the next little while."  Being a bit more specific about when the next record might arrive, Ann adds, "It takes a while to make an album, for it to develop and actually become reality.  So, it won't be this year -- maybe next year."

Meanwhile, Heart will embark on a new series of spring U.S. tour dates scheduled to run from a March 25 concert in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, through an April 27 show in Phoenix.  The band will follow that up with a Canadian summer trek with special guest Jason Bonham.  That outing, which kicks off June 14 in Montreal, will feature Bonham joining Heart at each performance for a closing set of Led Zeppelin covers.

Here is the list of songs featured on Heart's Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum video:

"Fanatic"
"Heartless"
"What About Love"
"Mashallah!"
"Even It Up"
"59 Crunch"
"Straight On"
"Dog and Butterfly"
"Walking Good"
"These Dreams"
"Alone"
"Dear Old America"
"Crazy on You"
"Barracuda"

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