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Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart to play Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on May 19

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart to play Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on May 19
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From a press release:

It was announced yesterday that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart will bring their extensive, iconic song catalog to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the ‘70’s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments, too, making them the first women in rock to do so.

Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of other singles that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as musicians, singers, and songwriters.

Nearly 35 years after their first big hit, Ann and Nancy Wilson were back on 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.

Heart also released a comprehensive CD box set entitled “Strange Euphoria,” filled with rarities and previously unreleased treasures that met with acclaim from critics and fans alike.

In September 2012, the Wilson sisters released their first-ever memoir, “Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll.” The book spent several weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list 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 and Roll Hall of Fame.

As a fitting end to 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 all, Heart has sold more than 35 million records worldwide.

Tickets, which are $45, $59, and $75, plus fees, go on sale this Monday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, by phone at 570-826-1100, and online at kirbycenter.org.

A special Kirby Members pre-sale will begin this Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. and runs until Sunday, Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. This pre-sale will be online only. Members must call the box office by Friday to get their exclusive online password.