Floor Jansen (Nightwish) Shares Cover Of Heart’s “Alone”

Floor Jansen (Nightwish) has shared a cover of Heart’s “Alone.” The track features music from Joost Van Den Broek and Jansen had the following to say about it:

“Picking Alone from @thebandheart (Heart) as my second cover on YouTube felt like the right decision. I have performed this song with Nightwish, After Forever and even at the Christmas Metal Symphony! So when I saw many of you requesting this song, I got to work! Hope you enjoy it!”

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]

Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Etc. Members To Guest On New Album From Heart’s Nancy Wilson

During a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, Nancy Wilson (Heart) offered some more details on her new solo album. She confirmed that the effort will be titled “You And Me” and that it will feature guest appearances from Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters).

Wilson said the following:

“[The] title is ‘You And Me’. That’s a song on the album, called ‘You And Me’. And it just turned out really great. It’s a song my longtime collaborator friend Sue Ennis and [I] wrote together. We kind of blended two different songs that we had written about our moms, actually, and we made a new song out of it called ‘You And Me’. And it’s just so simple, I just thought, ‘Okay, well, that’s pretty easy to remember.'”

She continued when asked if the record features any special guests:

“I’ve got one song that I wrote with Duff McKagan and Taylor Hawkins. They had a jam that they shared with me, and I finished it. And it’s called ‘Party At The Angel Ballroom’. And actually, I covered [Simon & Garfunkel’s] ‘The Boxer’, which I did with Heart last year, with Sammy Hagar guesting on that. He’s a buddy. He sounds really good on that. I have this other big rocker. I said, ‘Do you wanna sing on this big rocker?’ And he’s, like, ‘It’s kind of expected. It would be a little less interesting.’ I said, ‘Okay. What about ‘The Boxer’?’ And he’s, like, ‘I love that song. I’ve loved that song forever.'”

She also revealed that the album will feature her cover of Pearl Jam’s “Daughter,” which she previously recorded for the South African film “I Am All Girls,” which shines a light on the issue of human trafficking:

“It’s a real story. It’s a really cool movie, and it should be in that too pretty soon.”

Wilson went on to say that making a solo album has been “really rewarding”:

“It’s fun for me to sort of take hold of the first studio solo album and do all the singing. Not that I consider myself a premier ballerina kind of a singer like Ann, but it’s really fun. I love it — I love trying to be the singer and doing the harmonies and playing all the parts, pretty much. My band guys, from Heart mainly, are passing around files, and we’re just taking notes and responding to the new parts that they put on. And it’s coming together really great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Etc. Members To Pay Tribute To Alice In Chains At Museum Of Pop Culture’s Founders Award Ceremony

As previously reported, Alice In Chains are set to be honored with this year’s Museum Of Pop Culture Founders Award during a virtual ceremony on December 1. Now, it has been revealed that members of Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and more will also be paying tribute to the band during the event.

In addition to Alice In Chains, the ceremony will feature the following performers:

  • Metallica
  • Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Korn
  • Ann Wilson (Heart)
  • Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
  • Nancy Wilson (Heart)
  • Dave Navarro & Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Mad Season)
  • Mastodon
  • Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
  • Krist Novoselic (Giants In The Trees, ex-Nirvana)
  • Shooter Jennings
  • Soundgarden members with Tad Doyle & Mike McCready
  • Dallas Green (City And Colour)
  • Lily Cornell Silver (daughter of Chris Cornell and Susan Silver)
  • Fishbone
  • Liv Warfield
  • Chris DeGarmo (Queensrÿche)
  • Ayron Jones
  • Bill Herzog
  • Bubba Dupree
  • Eric + Encarnacion
  • Jennifer Johnson & Jillian Raye (Giants In The Trees)
  • Maggie Björklund
  • Martin Feveyear
  • Nathan Yaccino
  • Shaina Shepherd

An all-star house band will also be taking part as well. The following artists are also expected to make appearances, but are not scheduled to perform:

  • Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
  • Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
  • Les Claypool (Primus)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (‘Iron Man‘, ‘Sherlock Holmes‘)
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.)
  • Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

Fans can RSVP for the event at mopop.org/foundersaward. The Museum Of Pop Culture’s executive director Alexis Lee commented:

“As our principal fundraiser, Founders Award is always a special event for MoPOP and we’re thrilled this year to honor Alice In Chains and provide free access to this magical evening fans around the world. We’re proud to call Alice In Chains hometown heroes but we know we share them with the world.

It’s a testament to their lasting impact that this talented group of musicians has come together to pay tribute to the band’s contributions to music and pop culture. We’re able to show the next generation of creators what’s possible through the funds raised at the event that support our youth development programs, our community engagement and access initiatives, and of course, the cutting-edge exhibitions people from around the world come to Seattle to enjoy.

While this entire night of exclusive performances is free to view for all, our hope is to raise $1 million to support the museum in this difficult and unprecedented year.”

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell continued:

“It feels truly special to receive the MoPOP Founders Award in our home town of Seattle. It’s also humbling to be joined by so many of our friends, peers and heroes to rock some AIC tunes. I hope people watching enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together. A big hearty thanks to everyone who participated in making this virtual thing happen during these strange times. Music has the power to unite, heal and inspire. It is all of ours. Let’s continue to create and celebrate that which feeds the soul. Rawk on!”

Alice In Chains’ Sean Kinney added:

“When we got to make our first record, I thought, great, we will be able to make one record, do our thing and hope for the best. Now, 30 years later to get this award and still be touring and making music is the most amazing feeling. We are brothers with all of the craziness that goes with it. This is for Layne, Mike, and for all of us now. We can’t wait to get back out on the road once this hellish pandemic is behind us.”

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Premieres Video For Cover Of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising”

Heart’s Nancy Wilson has premiered a new video for her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising.” Wilson chose to take on the track “because of these troubled times we’re living in.” She continued:

“‘The Rising’ has been on my mind. I wanted to make something uplifting and aspirational for those of us who are suffering with all this sickness and loss. I hope this song can help lift our spirits.”

Heart’s Ann Wilson Covers Steve Earle’s “The Revolution Starts Now”

Heart’s Ann Wilson has released a cover of Steve Earle’s “The Revolution Starts Now.” You can check that out below:

Wilson commented:

“This is my first release since my 2018 solo album release ‘Immortal’. ‘The Revolution Starts Now’ is a powerful, uplifting anthem of unity. It’s an incitement to think higher than polarization and derision. We need that now. I used to love this song in a ‘fun’ way. Nowadays, I take it much more seriously and urgently.

She also added the following during an interview with Rolling Stone:

“Things are just building and have been building for a long time for this sort of fever pitch before the election, and I have never seen a time when people have been so divided. Even with the pandemic, which could have been a real unifier, it seems like there’s the lowest common denominator in human nature at play, where everyone’s just all split up and divided and hating each other. So this song talks about thinking higher.”

Nancy Wilson (Heart) Signs With Carry On Music

Nancy Wilson (Heart) has signed a new deal with Carry On Music for her upcoming solo album. The effort’s first single, a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” will be released on October 23.

Wilson said the following:

“There have been so many times I was asked about when I would ever put out a solo album. Well, the time is now. Having been unable to tour and having spent so much time at home has made a good space for creating new music.”

She also added the following about the upcoming Bruce Springsteen cover:

“I’ve also covered a few favorite songs, and because of these troubled times we’re living in, ‘The Rising’ has been on my mind. I wanted to make something uplifting and aspirational for those of us who are suffering with all this sickness and loss. I hope this song can help lift our spirits.”

Tom Lipsky, president of Carry On Music, also commented:

“We are proud and excited that Nancy has chosen Carry On Music to bring her first solo body of work to fans around the world. The album is deep, the lyrics inspire, and the music is beautifully crafted. Fans will love this album!”

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Covers Depeche Mode’s “Policy Of Truth” With Eric Tessmer

Eric Tessmer has teamed up with Heart’s Nancy Wilson to record a collection of cover songs. The first one, a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Policy Of Truth,” can be streamed below:

Ann Wilson (Heart) Announces Spring Solo Tour

Ann Wilson (Heart) has announced a spring solo tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

04/30 Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
05/01 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
05/03 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
05/04 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
05/06 Albany, NY – The Egg Performing Arts Center
05/07 Medford, MA – The Chevalier Theater
05/09 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Cafe Sound Wave
05/10 Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
05/12 Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Music Hall
05/13 Wilkes Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
05/18 St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre
05/20 Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
05/21 Northfield, OH – MGM Northfield Park
07/31 Paso Robles, CA – California Mid-State Fair

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.