Nirvana And Heart Members To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards From Recording Academy

Nirvana and Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson will be receiving lifetime achievement awards from the Recording Academy during the upcoming Special Merit Awards ceremony. That event will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on February 4. Other honorees include: Bobby McFerrin, Ma Rainey, Nile Rodgers, and Slick Rick.

Ann Wilson: “I Would Like To Make Another Heart Album”

During a recent interview with Rock Candy, Ann Wilson expressed interest in recording a new Heart album. This news comes as the band are preparing to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2023.

Ann said the following while discussing a 2016 incident in which her husband was arrested for assaulting her sister Nancy’s children:

“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.”

The two sisters later reunited, but were forced to pass on a big tour offer last you due to a disagreement regarding their backing band. Despite this, Ann says there is still a possibility of a new album from the group:

“It depends on the songs. 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.”

She also confirmed that she has no plans to retire:

“I just can’t think of a time when I would retire or go do something else. This is a calling for me. It’s what I was put here to do, and I’ll do it for as long as I can.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ann Wilson Say Heart “Have A Bunch Of Stuff Planned For Next Year”

During a recent appearance on Planet Rock’s “My Planet Rocks,” Ann Wilson was asked if Heart will return to active duty following the cycle for her new solo album “Fierce Bliss” (out April 29). She responded with the following:

“Oh, I think so, yeah. Because next year’s the 50-year [anniversary] of when we actually got together and got going. Nancy [Wilson] 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.”

This news comes after Nancy Wilson recently said that a lineup disagreement led to the band missing out on a big tour offer last year.

[via Blabbermouth]

Nancy Wilson Says Disagreement With Ann Wilson Over Band Lineup Kept Heart Off The Road Last Year

During a recent interview with Joe Rock of 102.3 WBAB, Nancy Wilson revealed that Heart had a big tour offer last year. However, the band ended up getting sidelined due to a lineup disagreement between her and her sister Ann Wilson.

Nancy said the following when asked why she is touring under the name “Nancy Wilson’s Heart”:

“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 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. So I just kind of shined it on and decided when I do go out with my new singer Kimberly, I can telegraph to the people coming to the show that they’re gonna hear HEART songs in a whole different way than ever expected with… No comparison to Ann singing or Kimberly singing those same songs, just because it’s apples and oranges; you can’t compare that stuff. So I figure that’s a way to let them know that it’s not just Nancy Wilson of HEART doing whatever, but it’s NANCY WILSON’S HEART where you’re gonna hear more HEART stuff.”

She continued when asked if she has any shows planned:

“There’s an offer from STYX for me to take my band out, with Kimberly. We’re trying to put some dates together in September, preceding that, or after October, where those dates are offered to us. So we’re trying to make it work — maybe a couple of buses and a truck. We’re just crunching numbers right now. But I would be really excited to be able to go and open the show for STYX and do some songs with them at the same show.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Sells Catalog Rights To Round Hill Music

Heart’s Nancy Wilson has sold a portion of her catalog rights to Round Hill Music. The deal includes a significant share of rights to the band.

More details were shared via Blabbermouth:

“Round Hill Music has acquired a significant share of the master artist royalties and entered into a long-term agreement to administer the neighboring rights income of the catalog of Nancy Wilson, acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame-inducted band HEART.

Key acquisition highlights include a significant share of the rights to HEART, who have sold over 35 million records worldwide and have a total of four Grammy nominations to date. The catalog includes the No. 1 hit ‘These Dreams’ that was certified platinum five times. Further classic tracks in the catalog include ‘Barracuda’, ‘Magic Man’, ‘Alone’ and ‘Crazy On You’.

HEART’s breakthrough came in 1975 with the release of their debut double platinum selling album ‘Dreamboat Annie’, which generated the hits ‘Magic Man’ and ‘Crazy On You’. Their third studio album ‘Little Queen’ has reached double and triple platinum in Canada and United States, respectively. In 1985, HEART released their eighth studio album which produced the band’s first No. 1 single, ‘These Dreams’ and was certified platinum five times and nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal’.

Wilson, who has been ranked as one of the greatest female guitarists of all time by Gibson, was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013 with her sister Ann. That same year, she and her sister Ann, also a member of HEART, received a star on the Walk Of Fame in Hollywood.

Round Hill Music’s acquisition comprises a significant share of Nancy Wilson’s master artist royalties and administration rights on Nancy Wilson’s neighboring rights income.

The catalog has significant exposure to streaming, comprising 35% of revenue mix, with the balance being comprised of 2% physical, 7% download, 13% sync and 4% other. Neighboring rights income comprises 39% of the catalog’s revenue. In terms of geographical exposure, 61% of the revenue is from the U.S., while the balance is from other countries.

The top five songs ranked by revenue are: ‘Barracuda’, ‘Alone’, ‘Crazy On You’, ‘Magic Man’, and ‘These Dreams’. All figures are based on the catalog’s royalty statements in the calendar years 2017-2020.

Trevor Bowen, chair of the company, commented: ‘We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Nancy Wilson’s fantastic catalog of classic HEART tracks from across her career including songs from her double and triple-platinum-selling albums. This important acquisition provides the company with direct exposure to a timeless American rock band.’

Josh Gruss, chairman and CEO of Round Hill, the company’s investment manager, commented: ‘Nancy has had astonishing success over the last 45 years. She is an icon and the longevity of her music is a testament to her incredible talent.’

Nancy Wilson commented: ‘I’m honored to be working with the good people at Round Hill and am looking forward to an ongoing working relationship.'”

Heart Biopic In The Works

A new biopic focusing on Heart is currently in the works. The movie will be written and directed by Carrie Brownstein and produced for Amazon by Lynda Obst.

Ann Wilson said the following about the biopic during an interview with Lyndsey Parker on SiriusXM’s “Volume West”:

“I can’t tell you all about it, because it’s still being written right now. I saw the first draft of [Brownstein’s] script, and it’s really cool.”

She went on to say that “a few actresses have come forward” to play her and her sister Nancy, but “no one that’s right.” She continued: “But it’s known that the role of Nancy and the role of me is now being cast.” One actress interested in playing Ann was Anne Hathaway, but Wilson said she doesn’t “think she’s exactly right for it.”

She also added the following when asked if the lead actresses will actually sing or lip-sync:

“I’m really not sure. That’s still in development right now. Because of COVID, it slowed everything down. But it’s definitely coming along.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Heart Announce Fall Dates

Heart have announced some fall headlining shows. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Lucie Silvas will open.

Tour Dates:

09/26 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater *
09/27 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center *
09/28 Toledo, OH – The Huntington Center *
10/01 Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena *#
10/02 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
10/04 Memphis, TN – FedExForum *#
10/05 Lafayette, LA – Cajundome *
10/07 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
10/08 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre *#
10/12 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum *#
10/13 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center *#

* with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
# with Lucie Silvas

The dates for Heart’s previously announced summer tour can be found HERE.

Heart’s Ann & Nancy Wilson To Perform Together For First Time In Three Years At “Love Rocks NYC” Event

Prior to their huge summer tour, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson will be performing together for the first time in three years at “Love Rocks NYC.” That event will take place at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on March 7 and it will also feature Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Sheryl Crow, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Hozier, and more. Proceeds will go towards God’s Love We Deliver, which “provides curated meals for those living with illness in the NYC area.”

Heart Announce Summer North American Tour

Heart have announced a summer North American tour. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Elle King, and Lucie Silvas will serve as support on select dates.

Tour Dates:

07/09 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre +&
07/11 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre +&
07/14 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage +#
07/16 Montreal, QC – Centre Bell +#
07/17 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center +#
07/20 Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre +#
07/21 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center +&
07/23 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion +#
07/24 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion +#
07/26 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater ^#
07/27 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Theater #
07/29 Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts +#
07/30 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview +#
08/01 Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion ^#
08/02 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion ^#
08/04 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Theater ^#
08/05 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Pavilion ^#
08/07 Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center ^#
08/08 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater ^#
08/10 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park ^#
08/11 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater ^#
08/13 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion ^#
08/14 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion ^#
08/16 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheater #
08/17 Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater ^#
08/19 Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre %#
08/20 Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre %#
08/22 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ^#
08/23 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion #
08/25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater ^#
08/27 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheater ^#
08/28 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion ^#
08/30 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
09/31 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center ^#
09/03 Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater ^#
09/04 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome ^#
09/06 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion ^#
09/08 Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort ^
09/09 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Bowl ^#

+ with Sheryl Crow
^ with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
& with Lucie Silvas
# with Elle King
% with Brandi Carlile

Heart’s Ann Wilson Covers Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

During last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Heart’s Ann Wilson paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” Check that out below:

On another note, both Wilson sisters issued statements on Cornell’s passing as well:

Ann Wilson:

“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.”

Nancy Wilson:

“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. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating.”