Professionally filmed video of HEART singer Ann Wilson performing the band’s classic song “Barracuda” earlier today (Saturday, August 6) at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below.
In a recent interview with Grammy.com, Ann was asked if she and her sister and HEART bandmate Nancy have any plans for the band to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. She responded: “Yes, we do. I’m not at liberty to say exactly what they are yet because it’s such early days, but sure. It will be next year. And we’re doing a thing. Definitely. We’re still formulating it now.”
Ann‘s latest comments came three months after she denied rumors of a rift with Nancy. In an interview in the 300th issue of Classic Rock, Ann said that she is “not” feuding with her younger sister. “It’s a myth,” she insisted. “Nancy and I are okay with each other. We just have different ideas for what HEART should be, and we haven’t figured out a compromise yet.
“Fifty years on, I still want it to break barriers and rules, and she’s more satisfied to ride the L.A. imaging thing and just do legacy stuff,” Ann explained. “So that’s a real split between us. Things like this will happen, though, but then they’ll get better, and we’ll love each other more.”
Relations between the two sisters were considered to be at an all-time low after a much-publicized incident when Ann‘s husband was arrested during a HEART tour in 2016. But in a recent interview with Rock Candy magazine to coincide with the release of her new solo album, “Fierce Bliss”, Ann said: “Things happen in families. And that was a really good example of something that happened within a family, and we worked it out. But the part that made it hard was that it happened in the public eye. If it had happened privately, we’d have got the family in a room and sat down and worked it out between us. Instead, the police were called, and this myth was born that Nancy and I were feuding, and we were at each other’s throats all the time. And it’s really not like that at all.”
A proposed HEART tour fell through last year after the two sisters failed to agree on which backing band to use. Ann wanted her guys, Nancy didn’t. But Ann now says that another HEART album, which would be the band’s first since 2016’s “Beautiful Broken”, is a definite possibility, especially considering the fact that 2023 marks HEART‘s 50th anniversary.
“It depends on the songs,” she said in her Rock Candy interview. “The songs lead everything. And I’m writing songs again now. I don’t know if they’ll be for my solo thing or for HEART. But yes, I would like to make another HEART album.”
Ann previously said that HEART will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023 “because next year’s the 50-year [anniversary] of when we actually got together and got going,” she told Liz Barnes of Planet Rock‘s “My Planet Rocks”. “Nancy didn’t join until ’75, but the band got going in ’73. So, yeah, we have a bunch of stuff planned for next year. So I can definitely see HEART doing something.”
Six months ago, Nancy spoke to Joe Rock of Long Island, New York’s 102.3 WBAB radio station about why HEART has been inactive for most of the past three years.
“HEART had a big offer on the table last year for a bigger tour, but Ann wasn’t interested in going out with my lineup of guys that we were out with before,” she said. “She has a new lineup of guys that she wanted me to join up with. And I sort of [thought] I don’t really know them and don’t have loyalty yet for anybody like that.”
HEART toured North America in the summer of 2019 after the aforementioned nasty split that kept the Wilson sisters estranged for three years.
Ann and Nancy had a falling out during HEART‘s 2016 tour, when Ann‘s husband Dean Welter was arrested for assaulting Nancy‘s then-16-year-old twin sons in a backstage altercation at a gig near their hometown of Seattle. He pleaded guilty to two lesser assault charges to avoid jail time.
After completing HEART‘s 2016 tour, Nancy formed a new band called ROADCASE ROYALE and released an album, “First Things First”. ROADCASE ROYALE featured three members of HEART along with Liv Warfield from Prince‘s NEW POWER GENERATION band and her guitarist Ryan Wilson.
In Nancy‘s new band NANCY WILSON’S HEART, she is joined in the group by her longtime collaborators, guitarist Ryan Waters, drummer Ben Smith, bassist Andy Stoller and keyboardist Dan Walker, along with powerhouse singer Kimberly Nichole.
Nancy‘s debut solo album, “You And Me”, was released in May 2021 via Carry On Music. The LP was recorded primarily in her California home studio, working with bandmembers and special guests remotely.