They were Heart. They were Hot.

Founded in the early 1970’s by Pacific Northwest sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart was all over American airwaves and arenas after two tracks from their debut album Dreamboat Annie, blew minds and probably speakers from coast to coast.

Flashback: The Capital Centre, Largo, MD (Washington, D.C.). October 15, 1978.

As part of a continuing freelance assignment, I was given the very enviable task of interviewing Ann Wilson backstage after the sold out (18,000 plus) show. The band was touring in support of their third album, Dog and Butterfly. Despite the fact that our conversation was recorded more than 35 years ago, it provides a fascinating window into Ann’s creative soul, the struggles of being a woman in rock and roll, and the backstage antics of the band.

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Surprisingly, a Google search revealed that a crew caught the entire Captial Centre concert on video. The quality is a little rough, but does show Heart at the peak of their magical powers.

Of course, Heart is still Hot. Check out their website for the latest.

And, in case you missed one of Heart’s greatest performances ever, click below.

Next from the Flashback rock and roll archives: Interview with Brad Delp, lead singer of Boston.