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Half a minute’s all it takes to find out what makes a great guitarist tick. This month: First Lady of US AOR sensations, Heart, Nancy Wilson
GT: Who wa s your first influence to play the guitar?
NW: The Beatles!
GT: What was the first guitar you really lusted after?
NW: The cheapest one in the local music store.
GT: What was the best gig you ever did?
NW: Kennedy Center Honors.
GT: And your worst playing nightmare?
NW: When you’re asleep and you have a ‘Rockmare’ - you’re nude on stage, don’t know the song and the show has already started.
GT: What’s the most important
musical lesson you ever learnt?
NW: When to shut up and not play.
GT: Do you still practise?
NW: Every night on stage!
GT: Do you have a pre-gig warm-up routine?
NW: Sometimes we have an acoustic vocal session with the other band members - like a Hootenanny.
GT: If you could put together a fantasy band with you in it, who would the other players be (dead or alive)?
NW: The current line-up of Heart is my fantasy band.
GT: Present company excepted,
My worst nightmare would be a ‘Rockmare’, where you’re nude on stage, don’t know the song and the show has already started!
who’s the greatest guitarist that’s ever lived?
NW: Unanswerable. There are too many great guitar players.
GT: Is there a solo you really wish you had played?
NW: The solo on Third World Man from Steely Dan’s Alive In America.
GT: What’s the solo/song of your own that you’re most proud of?
NW: Can’t pick one.
GT: What would you most like to be remembered for?
NW: My music, my comedy, and my humanity.
GT: And what are you up to at the moment?
NW: Our new record, Fanatic Live from Caesar’s Colosseum, is released by Frontiers Records on CD and DVD Deluxe Edition, DVD and Blu-Ray on 24th February. Further info from: www.heart-music.com
Nancy Wilson: always at the heart of Heart!