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Heart returns to Washington State Fair

On the heels of Keith Urban and “Weird Al” Yankovic, the Washington State Fair announced Friday that Heart is returning to the fair in August.

Seattle’s own Ann and Nancy Wilson are bringing their Music = Love Tour 2015 to the fair on Sept. 15. Tickets go on sale Feb. 14.

The pioneering sister rockers burst on to the 1970s music scene with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” and others.

Here’s more from the announcement:

The Heart “Music = Love Tour 2015” is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2015 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Tickets are $90 - Golden Circle, $60, and $30 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission. Tickets for great available seats will start selling on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, http://www.thefair.com/fun/details/an-evening-with-heart or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair’s Box Office at 9th Ave SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and a $2 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Pre-Show Party: To make it a very special evening, ticket holders to the concert can purchase a Heart Pre-Show Party ticket for $32.50 each. The price includes a catered dinner and one drink, and a VIP lanyard. To book your 5 p.m. Heart Pre-Show Party ticket, visit www.thefair.com/concerts, or contact the Washington State Fair Box Office at (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Limited seating is available, so book right away. A $2 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases. Heart will NOT make an appearance at the party.

The four-time Grammy nominated duo continued topping the charts through the 1980’s and ’90s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as musicians, singers and songwriters.

As individuals, the sisters have also achieved significant success. Ann sang on songs that were both chart successes and motion picture themes, like “Almost Paradise” from “Footloose,” “Best Man in the World” from “The Golden Child,” and “Surrender to Me” from “Tequila Sunrise,” while Nancy composed and performed the scores to a half dozen motion pictures including the award-winning “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.”

Along the way, music by Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band Heart sold more than 35 million albums, sold out arenas worldwide, and found their way into the soundtrack of American life through radio, motion pictures, television, and associations with branded sponsors. Today, songs made famous by Heart are heard in every aspect of contemporary culture.

Nearly 35 years after their first big hit, Ann and Nancy Wilson were back in the Billboard Top 10 in 2010 with Heart’s “Red Velvet Car” album, and a Top 5 DVD (“Night at Sky Church”). 2012’s “Fanatic” continued Heart’s current chart success, spawning two hit singles (“Fanatic” and “Dear Old America”) and debuting in the Billboard Top 25. They also released a comprehensive CD box set, “Strange Euphoria,” filled with rarities and previously unreleased treasures that met with acclaim from critics and fans alike.

In September 2012, Ann and Nancy released their memoir (”Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll”). The book spent several weeks on the New York Times best-sellers chart and was released by HarperCollins on paperback on Sept. 25, 2013. 2012 also brought well-deserved lifetime honors to the Wilson sisters. In June, they were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in December, they learned that, 36 years after the release of “Dreamboat Annie,” Heart had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held at Nokia Live in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013, and aired on HBO on May 18, 2013.

As a fitting finale for an extraordinary year, Ann and Nancy were asked to perform “Stairway to Heaven” as the finale to the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin. In addition to visibly moving Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, their rendition brought the entire Kennedy Center audience to its feet.

In 2013, the Wilson sisters fulfilled a personal goal and created a special once-in-a-career holiday concert with special guests in their hometown of Seattle. The special “Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays” show featured guest performances by Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan. This concert was released on DVD/CD and Blu-ray.

2014 was a fun year for Heart. Ann sat in with The Roots on the “Tonight Show”; Ann and Nancy sat in with the Foo Fighters on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” In May, Ann and Nancy celebrated ASCAP’s 100th birthday in Washington, D.C., at a star-studded event at the Library of Congress attended by members of the joint houses of Congress. On Nov. 7, Heart memorabilia and personal belongings are featured in the Julien’s Rock “N” Roll Icons & Idols auction. Later that month, Heart appeared alongside Stevie Wonder and many other great performers at the 83rd Hollywood Christmas Parade.

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