Heart Ready To Rock Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras
On Saturday, February 28, one of rock’s most legendary acts will take the stage as Heart headlines Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration.
Ann & Nancy Wilson have been the driving force of Heart since the band formed in the early 1970s. Inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they’ve sold over 35 million albums and their music has been a mainstay of concert halls, arenas, movie and television soundtracks, and radio airwaves for decades. In 2012, they released their best-selling memoir Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll.
In advance of their Universal Studios Florida appearance, we had a chance to talk with Ann Wilson and ask her a few questions about their music and careers.
Heart has been around in one form or another since the 1970s. What have been the biggest changes you’ve seen in the music industry over that period of time, and how has it affected the way you create and perform music?
The biggest change I’ve seen in the music industry since the 1970’s is the advent of the single as the main format for music. Along with iTunes, record royalties (sales of whole albums) plunged, and artists now rely on live performance to get music out there. This is not altogether a bad thing — the live show is apt to be much more exciting and authentic.
If you were just starting out and coming onto the music scene today, what do you think would be different about your style of music?
Not much different, probably just sound a lot better.
Is there one song (or songs) in particular that became a much bigger hit than you ever imagined while writing or recording it, and why do you think it resonates so strongly with the public?
Barracuda. People love the groove and the angst of it.
Do you ever find, as you perform songs written early in your career, that you find new meanings in the lyrics as your perspective and life experiences are so different now than when you first recorded them?
Yes, all the time.
There’ll be a wide range of ages in the theme park crowd at your Universal Orlando Resort show. Are you finding a lot of multi-generational fans at your performances –– fans of yours from the 70s and 80s who are now introducing their kids to your music?
Yes, we are. Many older people are looking for nostalgia, but younger ones are searching for ‘The Real Thing” or roots.
Your Orlando fans are excited about seeing you come to Universal Studios Florida. After all these years, are there still any places around the globe you’ve always wanted to perform but have yet to visit?
We have been many places, but there is always a new place opening up for Rock ‘n Roll. Much ahead.
You can check out the parade, food, beads and music of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios on select nights through April 17.