Following Heart’s show-stopping performance of “Stairway to Heaven” at the Kennedy Center Honors, the track is now available for download exclusively on iTunes for the next two weeks. Ann and Nancy Wilson closed the Kennedy Center Honors with Led Zeppelin's signature song at the December 2nd gala, which then aired on CBS Television on December 26th, 2012. The compelling performance received nearly four million views on YouTube in the few days following the televised show, and the decision was made to support the Kennedy Center Honors Foundation for the Arts with the official release of the track.
“Performing ‘Stairway to Heaven’ with Jason Bonham at the Kennedy Center Honors was an exquisite life moment for us,” said Ann Wilson. “Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones seemed pleasantly surprised and touched by the rendition, and that made it all the sweeter.”
“The President and First Lady liked it too!” said Nancy Wilson. “Proceeds from downloads of this piece will go to bringing music education to schools, and to raising awareness of the deep importance and value of rock history and live performance.”
Ann and Nancy Wilson/Heart will be inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Los Angeles on April 18th. Heart continues to tour in 2013 in support of their Billboard Top 20 studio CD, Fanatic, and their memoir “Kicking & Dreaming,” which was an instant NY Times best-seller. According to USA Today, these new releases “define their legacy as rock’s pioneering female-fronted, creatively autonomous acts.” According to CBS This Morning: “Ann and Nancy took rock & roll by storm in 1975 and confronted rock’s boys club atmosphere head on when their debut LP, Dreamboat Annie went platinum making them the first women to front a successful hard rock band.” Heart has sales of more than 35 million albums, twenty-one Top 40 hits including “Crazy On You”, “Magic Man”, “Barracuda", “Straight On”, “Even It Up”, “These Dreams”, “Alone”, and “Never,” among many others. They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012 as well.