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20 January 2017 ~ 3 Comments

Nancy Wilson: ROADCASE ROYALE

ROADCASE ROYALE

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.

GET LOUD

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.

Follow ROADCASE ROYALE on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Roadcase-Royale-700511530112381/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roadcaseroyale/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoadcaseRoyale

FLTR: Lead guitarist Ryan Waters, keyboardist Chris Joyner, bassist Dan Rothchild, drummer Ben Smith, vocalist Liv Warfield and guitarist Nancy Wilson.

Added January 21st 2017: Sue Ennis left a comment! Here it is: “Proud to have co-written this song. Excited for fans to discover this killer new group!”. She says roughly the same on her twitter :)

19 January 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Ann interviewed by Ultimate Classic Rock

Ann Wilson (with The Roots) 2014

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.

More from this interview.

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10 January 2017 ~ 4 Comments

Ann Wilson of Heart tourdates!

Ann Wilson has announced a tour as “Ann Wilson of Heart”. Sister Nancy is not joining her.

Tour Poster

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.

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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.

From Ann’s Instagram, January 9th 2017

07 January 2017 ~ 2 Comments

TAWT transforming into “Ann Wilson Of Heart”?

New website suggests Ann is forming a band named “Ann Wilson of Heart” (or AWOH) with Craig Bartock, Chris Joyner, Andy Stoller and back after a long time: Denny Fongheiser on drums. And has Ann changed management?

Ann Wilson of Heart

 

While surfing to www.theannwilsonthing.com, I was forwarded to another website: www.annwilsonofheart.com, with a simple placeholder. Taking a detour through www.lineofannwilson.com and hitting “news + updates” I was taken to a functioning website that seems to be undergoing a make over from TAWT to AWOH (you can also go in via her January 2nd Twitter update). This makes you wonder: Is this the end of TAWT? Another explanation might be that TAWT is still the name on the road but her online presence will be “Ann Wilson of Heart”.

While checking out the listed names under “musicians” you can see an important difference with TAWT: Heart and TAWT drummer Ben Smith is replaced with Denny Fongheiser. He played on Heart’s “The Road Home” in 1994/1995. Chris Joyner (of TAWT and Heart) plays the keys and is the only musician listed as member of AWOH and Nancy’s new side-project: ROADCASE. Nancy is joined by Heart bassist Dan Rothchild and the already mentioned Ben Smith. So all musicians that played on Heart’s last tour have found a home in Ann & Nancy’s side-bands. As reported earlier, it is currently unknown if and when Heart tours again in the near future.

The listed musicians for “Ann Wilson of Heart”. Screengrab January 7th 2017

Another important development: the old TAWT website had Carol Peters and Sacha Guzy listed as TAWT’s management. Both known as manager for Heart as well. AWOH has listed as management: Walter Versan. Google goes absolutely blank on this name, so that might be a temporary fake name?

It seems likely to me that Ann will take this formation on the road soon. EXCITING!

Added January 9th 2017:
The Facebookpage for TAWT has been transformed into AWOH. A clear signal that things will be different in 2017. Today a huge announcement was promised by Ann for tomorrow January 10th 2017 with hastag AWOH. In the meanwhile an unconfirmed April 2017 Eastcoast tourdate has popped up for Ann Wilson on Twitter.

Added January 11th 2017: A tour “Ann Wilson of Heart” has been announced and Chris Joyner is no longer listed as a musician.

06 January 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Heart: Reading The Tea Leaves

iHeartRADIO published an article a couple of days ago about their perceived rift between Ann & Nancy these last months. Heartmongers have reacted in a lot of different ways while discussing on heartlinker.nl Facebook.

This website has been aware of many rumors among fans since the summer, many of those rumors are claimed to be from sources close to the band, but this article is by someone actually from the industry. That does make a difference.

Here’s the article:

iHeartRADIO reading the Tea Leaves

This perceived rift might explain the lack of announced Heart tourdates this year. This last decade we’ve grown accustomed to having a whole list of dates before the year starts.

Looking at it objectively; the fanclub president has said that there are personal issues to be dealt with. But also both Ann & Nancy still classify The Ann Wilson Thing and Roadcase as their side-projects. Heartlinker.nl hopes that –if true– the Heart brand will only be sitting on cinder blocks in the back yard for a short while. Leaving you with this quote from Nancy referring to a Roadcase 2017 tour: “We’ll see where Heart lands after that“.

January 10th 2017: Adding a quote from Ann this time from her solo tour announcement today for “Ann Wilson of Heart”: “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.”

January 14th 2017: The official Heart Fan Club has emailed all members the following message:

In 2017, both Ann and Nancy will be embarking on solo projects outside of Heart. […] We will keep you updated about Heart’s 2017 plans as soon as more information becomes available. […] Please note that your Heart Fan Club membership is not associated with either of these side projects, so you will need to get info about pre-sales from each side project separately. Heart Fan Club Membership only includes pre-sales for Heart shows.

 Added January 20th 2017: Nancy has released a press release about her side-project and she touches this subject; 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.” 

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25 December 2016 ~ 4 Comments

New Nancy release!

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JulieBergman.com: Julie Bergman worked with longtime friend Nancy Wilson (of Heart) to bring this newly released collection of Julie’s instrumental acoustic guitar compositions and their songwriting collaborations to life.

Bergman offers up her Irish tinged musical musings on ten tracks with some help from Outlander TV series percussionist Bruce Carver and Berklee College of Music’s Joe Musella.

The three songs performed by Nancy Wilson, including On A Plane, Dreamin’ Town and Echoes Forward, uncover the acoustic side of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer, and a bit of her Irish leanings as well.

Undercover Guitar is produced by Nancy Wilson and George Madaraz, and engineered and mastered by George Madaraz at George Green Studios, Los Angeles, California.

MP3 on Amazon | CD baby

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06 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Nancy and Liv Warfield! ROADCASE

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Added December 14th 2016:

(L-R) Recording artist Ryan Waters, recording artist Nancy Wilson of music group Heart, and recording artist Liv Warfield attend Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Gala at Capitol Records Tower on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

(L-R) Recording artist Ryan Waters, recording artist Nancy Wilson of music group Heart, and recording artist Liv Warfield attend Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Gala at Capitol Records Tower on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Liv's FB on December 13th 2016

Liv’s FB on December 13th 2016

They must really like their hats

Update December 16th 2016:

From Liv's FB

From Liv’s FB

From Liv's FB

From Liv’s FB

Added January 2nd 2017:

Dan has posted a small vid of Nancy’s singing here. Plus this is what Nancy posted: “Here’s my new side project ROADCASE with Liv Warfield, Ryan Waters, Ben Smith, Chris Joyner and Dan Rothchild. More info coming soon… Stay tuned…”

Nancy: Brand new year. New friends. New music… #Roadcase

Added January 6th 2017:

Roadcase Rehearsal! January 5th 2017

Added January 11th 2017:

The first ROADCASE release is around the corner! “Hold on to my hand”

Added January 14th 2017:

From heart-music.com: In 2017, both Ann and Nancy will be embarking on solo projects outside of Heart. Ann has just recently announced her “Ann Wilson of Heart” tour and Nancy will be releasing more info about her solo project soon (including tour dates). 

From Ben Smith: “For The Love Of Starting Of Starting A New Band” on how he has enjoyed ROADCASE thus far.