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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 any possible Heart plans as soon as more info is available. Please like us on Facebook for more updates :) TDHS

01 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Roadcase Royale joins Bob Seger!

Roadcase Royale with Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield will tour with Bob Seger

Supporting BOB SEGER:

September 12th 2017, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester NY
September 14th 2017, TD Garden, Boston MA
September 16th 2017, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT
September 19th 2017, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids MI
September 21st 2017, U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati OH
September 23rd 2017, Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit MI
September 28th 2017, PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh PA
September 30th 2017, Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
October 5th 2017, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville SC
October 7nd 2017, Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta GA
October 10th 2017, Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines IA
October 12th 2017, Scottrade Center, St Louis MO
October 14th 2017, Sprint Center, Kansas City MO
October 19th 2017, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston TX
October 21st 2017, Ford Center at The Star, Dallas TX
October 24th 2017, Frank Erwin Center, Austin TX
October 26th 2017, Pepsi Center, Denver CO
October 28th 2017, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix AZ

More information and tickets click here.

31 May 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Nancy: Heart might tour in 2018

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Nancy spoke to LA radiostation The Sound and said:

“There’s an offer on the table for the summer of 2018 and I think we’re probably gonna be doing that. A big headlining tour.”

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To VintageRock she said:

I know Heart is on hiatus for the time being. Anything you can say about the future of the band?

Right now, there’s an offer for a headlining 2018 summer tour. I’d be very happy to do that. Right now, I’m not sure what’s in Ann’s head about any of that right now. I’m just hoping for the best because Heart’s a great band and I like being in it. Ann’s sort of getting her other creative itch scratched right now, doing all different kinds of things other than the Heart type thing. I guess time will tell. I just have my fingers crossed for the summer of 2018.

Roadcase Royale:

Any plans for more touring?

We got a big offer [for Roadcase Royale] that we’re going to announce, once we know for sure it’s on. It’s a big tour, big arenas, about 25 shows, with the potential addendum of 20, 30 more. I’m really excited because we’re ready to hit the road. It will start in the middle of September and go about two months.

26 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

1985 Radio Broadcast coming to CD

As we head into Summer 2017 a new radio broadcast from a 1985 show is coming to CD on June 23rd, adding to the long list of factory pressed UK live albums. This time we get the well circulated 1985 Raleigh show, hopefully including the awesome intro to the opening track “If Looks Could Kill”!

Pre-order on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com (not yet available).

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Liner Notes:

The hits just kept coming during this mid-’80s Heart show captured in Raleigh, North Carolina. The band was in its second phase when this show was recorded, and included only the Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, and guitarist Howard Leese from the original 1975 lineup. “If Looks Could Kill,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” Never,” “These Dreams,” “Dog and Butterfly” “Bebe Le Strange,” “Even It Up,” “What About Love?”, “Magic Man,” “Allies,” and “Crazy On You,” are just a number of the radio classics heard on this concert tape.

Heart, led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, actually had two significant periods when they were at the forefront of the music scene with a string of hit singles. The first era was between 1976 and 1982, when they released their legendary Dreamboat Annie album and followed it with a number of multi-platinum albums for Epic’s Portrait Records.

The second period of their massive success was between 1985 and the early 1990s, long after the Wilsons had replaced all but Howard Leese from the original band (among the new members were Spirit/Jo Jo Gunne/Firefall bassist Mark Andes and ex-Montrose drummer, Denny Carmassi), and moved to Capitol Records, who decided to roll the dice and see what was left of the once popular hard-rock pop act. Much to the surprise of most of the music industry, the group had its biggest commercial success with a series of MTV and FM radio hits, mostly power ballads that included “These Dreams,” “What About Love” and “Never.”

This show, recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour Radio Concert Series in 1985, proves the band still had a lot of steam left even after ten years on the forefront of the FM rock scene.

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24 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Roadcase Royale Californian Mini Tour!

Click on picture for more information and tickets.

Nancy Wilson 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.

Wed, May 31 / San Juan Capistrano, CA / The Coach House
http://thecoachhouse.com/concert-schedule/?event_id=7429255

Thur, June 1 / Agoura Hills, CA / The Canyon Club
http://canyonclub.net/events/roadcase-royale/

Fri, June 2 / Pasadena, CA / The Rose
http://roseconcerts.com/events/roadcase-royale/

Updated June 3rd 2017: Below a selection of vids that have been shared by the Heartmongers from California! More will be added, including pix.

Hold on to my hand

 

Controversy / Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

 

Crazy on you

Setlist and guitarpick (photo by Bonnie Ornitz)

Nancy and Liv (photo by Bonnie Ornitz)

Ben Smith (photo by Bonnie Ornitz)

Dan Rothchild (photo by Bonnie Ornitz)

Chris Joyner (photo by Bonnie Ornitz)

Ryan Waters (photo by Bonnie Ornitz)

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20 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Ann & Nancy remember Chris Cornell

Nancy & Chris at the 2013 RRHOF Ceremony

Following the sudden death of Chris Cornell, Ann & Nancy have issued statements:

Nancy:

Ladies and Gentleman

I would like to induct Chris Cornell into my personal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone.

Devastating.

He was such an unwitting and reluctant BIG STAR. Such a purist with a problem. What we used to call “the Seattle musicians disease” Chris was among the greatest of Seattles most reluctant rock heroes. Like Elvis Presley in the wrong decade, Chris was way too handsome and way too talented. He was never going to be a poster boy. Instead he raged and railed like all of us in the 90s against the blatant 80s commercialism and marketing with the pure Seattle punk guitar rock ethic. We were not tan and squinting at cameras, just soul searching sequestered souls indoors from the ever present blue Seattle rain. From those basements garrets phosphorescent rehearsal rooms came the soul of a sound like no other.
The Seattle Explosion.

Chris Cornell’s astounding god gifted voice cut through all that thick grey weather like a sun bolt.

His beyond good looks and beyond talent were an embarrassment of riches. I knew that was his big problem before I hardly ever had a chance to hang with him.

He was so moody, singular, and complex. From all accounts he was self absorbed and hard to love.
Like the best lead singers are required to be. I thought he was judgmental of Heart since we had succeeded through a cultural system that he pushed against.

I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music.
But today the grey clouds rain tears.
And the tears taste salty.
Just like the ocean.

Ann:

 It’s important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul.
Ann appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 18th and delivered a touching version of “Black Hole Sun”. Several media outlets like Variety and Rolling Stone reported about it in glowing terms.

Ann has started her second leg of the Ann Wilson of Heart US tour. Nancy will be performing with her new band Roadcase Royale at the end of this month.

Ann has sung this song before. Here’s Heart’s 2001 version (Thanx Nikayla):

 

Added May 25th 2017: Billboard has interviewed Ann & Nancy separately. Click here.

Added May 26th 2017: UltimateClassicRock has interviewed Nancy. Click here.

 

07 May 2017 ~ 7 Comments

Coming Soon!

Poster for “ann wilson / in focus”

Ann Wilson and the Entertainment Productions crew, March 2017

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27 April 2017 ~ 1 Comment

New Roadcase Royale: “Not Giving Up”

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Nancy Wilson’s new band Roadcase Royale will release a new single on May 12th called “Not Giving Up”. To listen to a 30 second sample, follow this link to Amazon.com.

Added May 4th 2017: Rock and R&B-influenced group Roadcase Royale will be releasing a brand new single entitled Not Giving Up on May 12th. The band is fronted by Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Power Generation, and also includes members from each of their respective bands. Not Giving Up is a hard rock song that contains politically charged lyrics, following in the footsteps of the band’s debut single, Get Loud, which debuted at the January 21st Women’s March. The video for “Not Giving Up” will also be released next week via the group’s YouTube channel.

The track opens with Ryan Waters iconic bluesy guitar riff followed by the powerful entrance of the full band. The intensity level builds up during the first verse and climaxes at the chorus with the return of the same driving guitar riff and Warfield’s searing vocals. The song’s refrain sends a message to stay strong in today’s politically divisive times, saying, “We watch you building up the wall, We’re waiting just to see it fall, “I’m saying we’re not givin’ up, givin’ up, no.” With powerful lyrics and their full-tilt musicianship, Roadcase Royale will be “Not Giving Up” anytime soon.

Added May 5th 2017: Nancy Wilson had this to say about “Not Giving Up”: “The first time I listened to Liv and Ryan’s track of Not Giving Up, I was floored by the deceptive simplicity and the powerful message of their song. I could hear the potential to make it our own. I knew right away we would be able to take that song not just for a test drive but straight onto the big rock race track!” 

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Added May 20th 2017: iTunes: smarturl.it/NotGivingUp_IT