Seattle rock band Heart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Tuesday, along with Seattle-bred bandleader, composer and producer Quincy Jones and five other artists. Seattle Times freelancer Charles R. Cross, who co-authored Heart’s memoir this year, “Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll,” was in touch with Heart’s Wilson sisters the day they found out about the award. Here is his report:
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced Tuesday. Though a few previous inductees have had Seattle roots — notably Jimi Hendrix, and the Ventures — Heart is the first true Seattle band to get in the Hall of Fame.
“Yeahhhhh,” was Nancy Wilson’s text to me when advance word leaked out to us. “We are [in] indeed!” was Ann’s. “Hearty congrats all around.”
Though both women were grateful at the recognition, Heart has been eligible for over 10 years, as Hall of Fame rules allow performers to be nominated 25 years after their first album. Heart’s first nomination, though, only came for the 2012 awards, but they were passed over that year. This year they made it, which is recognition long overdue.
The Rock Hall induction comes on the heels of a bestselling memoir, a box set, a new album and meeting President Obama last week. It was, in fact, right after leaving the White House when Ann and Nancy Wilson were told about the induction.
Despite the recognition, Ann and Nancy Wilson aren’t ready to rest on their laurels. They head out on another tour next year, with talk of Seattle dates.
“Now comes the interesting part,” Ann Wilson told me.