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NANCY WILSON RECALLS HEART'S PRO-PALIN BACKLASH FROM 'CRAZIES'

8/23/2010

Nancy Wilson says that following Heart's cease and desist letter order to the McCain-Palin campaign demanding that they refrain from using the band's 1977 hit "Barracuda" as a campaign song for Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, they were hit by some dangerous threats from what Wilson describes as "crazies."

Wilson told Classic Rock magazine, that at times it got pretty tense on the road for her and sister Ann, recalling, "Some of the fans decided they didn't like us and didn't like our music anymore. At least for a while. We were out on the road, and the next show that we played after that was somewhere in Florida -- which is not where you wanna be if you're a Democrat. We were kinda nervous, but we upped our security and kept a close watch on people walking in. Luckily -- knock on wood -- of all the crazies who have threatened to take us down, nobody so far has done that."


Back in September 2008 the Wilson sisters issued a statement saying: "Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image. The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late '70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there."


Nancy Wilson, who co-wrote the song, told ew.com at the time: "I think it's completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely f***ed over."


Wilson says that throughout its career, Heart has always embraced change and never been afraid of venturing off the beaten path artistically: "They tell you not to reinvent yourself, because your fans have an identity that they know, that is familiar to them, that they don't want to change. But in our case, we've been able to change a lot, but we've had to fight to be able to change a lot."


Heart performs tonight (August 23rd) in Dallas, Texas at the House of Blues.


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