Your guide to Ann & Nancy Wilson on the net since 1996! In 2017, Ann and Nancy embark on side-projects: "Ann Wilson of Heart" and ROADCASE ROYALE. This fansite will report about those and about Heart’s plans as soon as more info is available.
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NWMS: So the presser for the upcoming tour says there are Heart songs too, how different is it playing them without Nancy?
Ann Wilson: The ones that I chose are mostly about the band, they’re mostly the rockers, they don’t really rely on the acoustic guitar that much. She’s doing the solo thing and she’s found a good singer, Liv Warfield. They’re doing a different kind of music just like I’m doing a slightly different kind of music too this year. It’ll be cool. It’ll allow me to stretch, it’ll allow her to stretch and breathe. It’s going to be awesome.
Bravewords: The Rock Against MS Foundation is honoured to present Nancy Wilson, founding member of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame group Heart, and her critically acclaimed, newly formed side project Roadcase Royale, at the 5th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show, taking place Saturday, March 25th at the Historic Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.
A cool new interview with Nancy on the day the website for Roadcase Royale is supposed to launch. Check out RoadcaseRoyale.com after 3PM PST on February 9th 2017. [updated 24 hours later: still no new site] Tourdates will be listed here once available. [Update February 16th 2017: The website counter has started again with nine days to go]
From the same ABC interview: Meanwhile, Nancy wants to assure Heart fans that the band is “not over.” “A break is a healthy thing for somebody who lives in each other’s pockets for 40 years sometimes,” Wilson maintains. “I think we’re not done making a lot of noise quite yet.”
Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield have released a press release about ROADCASE ROYALE, Nancy’s new side project you’ve been able to follow in this previous heartlinker.nl post. The press release announces new music, premieres “GET LOUD” and talks about plans for a tour.
Press release from Friday January 20th 2017:
Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart, has teamed up with former Prince band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form a new super group called ROADCASE ROYALE. The sound of ROADCASE ROYALE is muscular rock with some R&B/Blues and in depth ballads thrown in, reflecting the iconic sounds of both their respective bands. ROADCASE ROYALE’s debut song is available to stream now via the band’s Soundcloud page. The song, “Get Loud,” is a ROADCASE ROYALE original, and “will debut January 20th immediately following Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!”, which will be livestreamed through Facebook. The song will also be featured at the Women’s March on Austin, TX (the largest ever gathering of Texas women) on January 21.
Joining Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals) are lead guitarist Ryan Waters (the musical director for Liv’s solo work and Prince protégé) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums). Each of the members’ musical talents shines in “Get Loud.” The song begins with a laid-back groove, providing a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield’s vocals – all about getting loud and standing up for women’s equality. “Get Loud” blends this important message with the group’s R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track.
From ROADCASE ROYALE Facebook
The band has recorded five new original songs as well as plans for a tour early in 2017. Wilson has said, ROADCASE ROYALE’s activity doesn’t mean Heart is going away. “ROADCASE ROYALE is a side project,” she notes, “and not a replacement for Heart.” She also stated that the name ROADCASE ROYALE came to the group during a backstage meeting they had last year, and said “When I came up with the name ROADCASE ROYALE it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy duty road cases that our amps, drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”
“It’s going to be fun to see our road cases with ROADCASE ROYALE stenciled on the side!” Wilson added.
FLTR: drummer Ben Smith, keyboardist Chris Joyner, vocalist Liv Warfield, guitarist Nancy Wilson, lead guitarist Ryan Waters and bassist Dan Rothchild.
More about ROADCASE ROYALE:
Led by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield and Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring their decades of experience from the upper echelon of the music industry to ROADCASE ROYALE, along with a renewed sense of direction and drive. Joining Wilson and Warfield are Warfield’s lead guitarist and musical director Ryan Waters and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (Drums) and Chris Joyner (Keys). Each of these members shine in ROADCASE ROYALE with their various sensibilities creating the group’s sensitive, passionate, and driving rock and R&B sound.
UCR: […] Beautiful Broken found Heart moving in a different direction than what they had planned. So what about those original recordings? Wilson says that there’s a possibility that they might do something with them at some point. “We still have all of those live tapes and everything sitting around,” she says. “We have all of the files from years of playing live, so that stuff is still available to access.”
For now, she’s just enjoying a short break after another full year of touring. There are no solid plans for a new Heart studio album right now, she says. “At this point, I think we’re just writing. The process is just getting ideas and just writing and then as you go along with that, you start getting bigger ideas on how they could be brought out. We’re rolled back to just having come off the road, a situation that means complete sacrifice from everything. That’s touring — we toured [this past year] and the year before and the year before, so we’re really kind of just calling in new ideas right now.”
There is new music on the horizon from her other musical passion, the Ann Wilson Thing!, who will release their third EP sometime this year. Wilson says three of its five songs are originals. “We’re just taking a break right now from it all,” she says. “We’ll be coming back with fresh things.”
Time will tell what all of those things might be, but Wilson will spend at least the early part of the year touring a show called Ann Wilson of Heart. She recently announced a month-long tour that will begin on March 8 in Seattle, and includes a mix of solo songs, covers and selected Heart favorites.
Ann Wilson has announced a tour as “Ann Wilson of Heart”. Sister Nancy is not joining her.
Added January 24th 2017: Dan Walker will be playing the keys!
Added January 16th 2017: A stunning Ann!
Two other things that should be mentioned about the vid above, besides her great looks. She says Summer, which indicates that she’ll take this formation on the road this summer and not Heart. Also; the amount of Heart songs might not be as high as one could have guessed from the press release below. Does that change anything? Not really. This is a must see show.
January 10th 2017, 18:35 PM CET: Chris Joyner is no longer listed on Ann’s site as a musician for “Ann Wilson of Heart”. Two days ago he was listed as the only musician in both Ann’s band as well as Nancy’s band.
17.40 PM CET/8.40AM PST:
“ann wilson has announced her 2017 20-date solo tour. the ann wilson of heart cross-country trek kicks off tuesday, march 8 at the moore theatre in wilson’s seattle hometown before moving on to los angeles, denver, philadelphia, englewood, nj and new orleans among other cities.
the ann wilson of heart dates follow the release of heart’s critically acclaimed 2016 beautiful broken album and summer headlining tour with joan jett & the blackhearts and cheap trick, along with heart solo shows before and after. “heart is always evolving, changing,” says ann. “it is a living organism. right now it’s in a cocoon of metamorphosis, and we will see what emerges when the time is right.”
ann wilson of heart is the next step of ann’s journey. the step that puts it all together. the present meets the past and joins the timeless. all of the songs that make up the essence of ann wilson will be on display; heart songs, songs from ann’s solo projects, and songs that have influenced and inspired ann throughout her life. the show, like the woman herself, will know no bounds, joined – not backed – by a band of true artists ann’s true voice will be heard.
musicians on board for the ann wilson of heart tour include craig bartock on guitar (heart member for a dozen years, who also performed in the ann wilson thing for two years) from san francisco; andy stoller on bass (the ann wilson thing member for two years) from seattle; denny fongheiser on drums and percussion (heart member in the 1990’s for two years) from los angeles.
“the stage is a magical place where i can be beautifully in and out of control, where i can build a fire and then jump into it,” says the esteemed and pioneering rock and roll hall of fame legend who’s known for her force-of-nature vocals. “the stage is where i have always lived; where i’ve expressed my deepest emotions and supreme joys.” ann continues: “i suppose i am addicted to it. i’ve never been much good at talking, but i can sing, and when i sing i connect with people in a much deeper, higher way.”
what will fans experience at these shows? “people can expect the unexpected in 2017,” ann says. “a beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production…the music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of heart.” the name for the upcoming tour, explains ann, “is to give people a point of recognition; to help people understand who i am and where i came from.”
ann wilson’s musical gifts are legendary. as a songwriter and lyricist, she has created a truly impressive body of work (“crazy on you,” “barracuda,” “magic man,” “dog & butterfly,” “straight on”, “even it up,” “mistral wind,” and many, many more). however, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing. her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power and sheer musicality. it has inspired legions of great singers, across every genre of music.
“ann wilson of heart is what i have been preparing for all my life” says ann. “the time is right, and i’m ready.”
Look for ANN to continue to announce more ANN WILSON of HEART tour dates.
17.34 PM CET: The TOURDATES!
Ann Wilson of Heart Tour Dates:
Wed 3/8 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
Fri 3/10 Berkeley, CA UC Theatre
Sun 3/12 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
Tue 3/14 Aspen, CO Belly Up
Wed 3/15 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Thu 3/16 Salina, KS Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts
Sat 3/18 Lake Charles, LA Golden Nugget
Sun 3/19 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Tue 3/21 Wilmington, NC Cape Fear Community College Theatre
Wed 3/22 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
Thu 3/23 Greenville, SC Peace Center for the Creative Arts
Sat 3/25 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Sun 3/26 Annapolis, MD Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Wed 3/29 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Thu 3/30 Westbury, NY The Westbury Theater
Sat 4/1 Peekskill, NY Paramount Hudson Valley
Sun 4/2 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Tue 4/4 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Thu 4/6 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
Fri 4/7 Providence, RI Park Theatre PAC
16.45 PM CET: I’ve found an official vid with all you guys need to know.
8.20AM CET: The fanclubpresident posted a reply on the bulletinboard on Heart’s official site yesterday: ‘Ann will be announcing tourdates tomorrow for Ann Wilson of Heart so to answer this thread question, yes, there will be a tour.’
8.15 AM CET: The band ‘Ann Wilson of Heart’ (AWOH) is different from ‘The Ann Wilson Thing’ (TAWT): Ben Smith is replaced by Denny Fongheiser on drums. Ben Smith drums for Roadcase with Nancy Wilson.
The name change indicates that this band is likely to include Heart songs in the set. Something that TAWT never did. A theory that builds on the assumption above could be that AWOH not only replaces TAWT, but also Heart for Ann.
7.50 AM CET: “Ann Wilson of Heart” now has worldwide representation at CAA (Creative Artists Agency). This agency books tourdates for a huge number of artists.
January 10th 2017, 7.40 AM CET: With the picture below Ann Wilson has announced that something will be said today at 9AM PST (or 6PM CET). Yesterday a NJ tourdate leaked, so heartlinker.nl is expecting a list of “Ann Wilson of Heart” tourdates and a press release today. As you could read on a previous post on this site, the band “Ann Wilson of Heart” (AWOH) is very likely the follow up to “The Ann Wilson Thing” and does not feature Nancy.