Just a Minute With: rocker Nancy Wilson of Heart

Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:13am EDT
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Heart, the veteran Seattle rock group fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, are enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks in part to "American Idol" and Guitar Hero, which showcase their classic-rock staples such as "Barracuda" and "Crazy On You."

Guitarist Nancy Wilson, 55, balances her rock 'n' roll career with a busy domestic life as the wife of "Almost Famous" writer/director Cameron Crowe and the mother of their twin 9-year-old boys.

Wilson talked to Reuters about juggling work with being a mom, Heart's influence on rock and the band's resurgence.

Q. Is Heart now more of an inevitable sideline to your role as a mother and wife, and other interests in your life?

A. "It's my job. I'm a working mother. Like everybody that keeps a job and also has children, there's a lot to balance out. The traveling part during the summer, my kids can come out and be with me. The family can travel together. But during the school time it's really tough, because we have to schedule everything around being able to be together. It's more important than anything there is, is trying to be a good parent. They're more important than you are, because they're the next generation. You can't just be self-absorbed in your career thing too much because they deserve everything of you."

Q. Do you think rock-star mothers are burdened by guilt in a way that Mick Jagger or Jimmy Page aren't?

A. "Right! It would be easier to be Mick Jagger! As a woman, more than guilt I feel hurt about times when we can't be together. It's painful! We keep in really close touch when I'm on the road. To be able to schedule our lives humanely is a real feat!"

Q. How do you stay in shape after having your twins?   Continued...

<p>Nancy Wilson of "Heart" raises her guitar after performing at the 26th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, California, April 22, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>