Nancy Wilson is prepping for the debut album from her new band, Roadcase Royale, on Friday (September 22), but she knows many fans are wondering what’s going on with Heart.
She and sister Ann Wilson have become estranged since last summer, when Ann’s husband Dean Wetter was arrested, and subsequently convicted, for assaulting Nancy’s 16-year-old twin sons backstage at a Heart show in suburban Seattle.
The two have gone their own ways, with Ann touring as a solo act, and Nancy tells us the situation isn’t likely to change soon:
“I don’t really seem to have much dialogue with my sister anymore, so I’m ready to just do this new thing and not look back…I mean…she doesn’t write, she doesn’t call, and that’s fine with me. I mean, if down the line we kind of restore our relationship a little bit and put a little work into it, that’s one thing. But for right now this is what I’m doing.”
Roadcase Royale features three members of Heart along with Live Warfield from Prince’s New Power Generation band and her guitarist Ryan Wilson. The group is on its first major tour, opening for Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band into mid-November.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.