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Ann Wilson on the Status of Heart

With Ann and Nancy Wilson both working on solo projects, what's up with Heart these days?

It turns out not much, Ann tells us:

"Right now Heart is on hiatus, and that's all I know, really. Nancy's doing a solo project this year, too, and we're not gonna give ourselves a deadline when we have to get back into Heart. It's just we both need to go out there and venture. That's all I can say about it, really."

 

She adds that it's important for the sisters to put Heart on hold periodically, especially after busy periods such as the last few years which saw the group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, publish a memoir and release a new studio album (last year's Beautiful Broken) and several concert albums, including last year's CD/video package Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Symphony.

"You know, Heart was started back in the 70s in an atmosphere of super-high idealism about it being real and being authentic, and we're really there. We mean it, and so I really don't want to see it get to a point of being numb or automatic or just a cash cow...That's just immoral to me."

 

Wilson begins a tour with her own band on March 8 in Seattle and will also be taking part in "The Music of Aretha Franklin" tribute on March 6 in New York. Nancy Wilson recently announced her own side project, Roadcase Royale, with a first single "Get Loud" out and an EP and tour dates ahead.

 

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.