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Heart joins select class with Rock Hall induction

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of the band Heart admit they were losing hope of ever being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But now they are among the few bands fronted by women to join the prestigious hall.
By JOHN CARUCCI Modified: January 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm •  Published: January 4, 2013

Neither sister feels she was an inspiration to other women that eventually played in rock 'n' roll bands.

“Boys invented rock to get girls, so when girls came into it they had to make a new universe,” Ann joked, before adding: “I'm just looking forward to the time when we don't have to have a gender designation on music. To me, that will really be the time when we've done something.”

They're proud to be among the more senior rock acts still touring today (Ann is 62; Nancy is 58).

“Rock 'n' roll does not have an age limit as long as it's authentic. Rock and roll is just as beautiful as when Keith Richards plays it as jazz would be when Thelonious Monk would play it,” said Ann. “But the key to all that is that it has to be the real deal. It can't be some old washed up dudes thinking … ‘Let's go out and do it some more.' No. It has to still be vital.”

The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be April 18 in Los Angeles. Other acts who will be part of the 2013 class are Rush, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Albert King.