Even though Ann Wilson is certain that Heart will play together again, the band has some kinks to work out before they can perform together again live. The 71-year-old rock legend sat down with ET’s Rachel Smith at Nashville’s Smoakstack Studios and explained what’s holding Heart back from a full concert comeback. Fierce Bliss, her debut solo album, will be released on April 29th, and she discussed it as well.
First things first, the family get-together. According to Wilson’s comments to ET, discussions of getting back together tend to go in circles. Wilson confirms, “Yeah, we’re always in talks about that.” “Right now, we can’t agree on who would be the support band, who would be onstage with us. Okay, so I want these men and Nancy [Wilson]. We’re still working on it, but Heart will perform again for sure. “And she’s got a whole other lot of individuals out there on the West Coast that she wants.
Who Is Ann Wilson?
Known mostly as the voice of Heart, Ann Dustin Wilson has been doing music since her birth on June 19, 1950. In addition to her sister Nancy, Wilson has been a member of Heart since the group’s first days in the 1970s. Heart, the first female-fronted hard rock band, released multiple albums in the late ’70s and ’80s,
with hits including “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” and “Barracuda” from albums like Dreamboat Annie (1975) and Little Queen (1977). Over the course of their career, Heart has released the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 in four different decades (the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s, and 2010s) and amassed sales of over 35 million records worldwide.
San Diego, California is the place of Ann Dustin Wilson’s birth. There was a major in the United States Marine Corps in her family. Wilson’s family moved around a lot because her dad was in the military. Before arriving in Seattle, Washington in the early 1960s, they had previously made their homes in Panama and Taiwan, both of which were in close proximity to American military sites.
The Wilson family used music to create a sense of familiarity in their lives no matter where they were. On Sundays, her family would eat pancakes and watch opera, as described by her sister, Nancy Wilson. In the living room, my father would often be conducting. We would crank up the volume and dance. There was bossa nova, early experimental electronic music, and classical music alongside Ray Charles, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, and the like.
The band relocated to Canada and included Wilson’s younger sister, Nancy, in the lineup. Dreamboat Annie, Heart’s debut studio album, was recorded there in 1975. Upon its 1976 debut in the States, “Magic Man” became Heart’s first Top 10 hit in the country, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Crazy on You” peaked at No. 35. Wilson sisters Ann and Nancy wrote both tunes. Both Little Queen (1977) and Dog & Butterfly (1978) were released that same year. Wilson contributed vocals to “Brother” and “Am I Inside” on the 1992 EP Sap by Alice in Chains.
Wilson dated Heart’s manager Michael Fisher in the ’70s, while Nancy dated Roger Fisher, the band’s principal guitarist, and Michael’s younger brother. Both duos shared equal leadership of the group. In 1979, Ann said that Michael had moved on because he was in love with someone else. In 1991, Ann Wilson adopted Marie, then in 1998, she adopted Dustin.
Wilson Tied the Knot with Dean Wetter
In April 2015, Wilson tied the knot with Dean Wetter. In the 1980s, they had a short-lived romance. Wetter was arrested early on the morning of August 27, 2016, after he assaulted Nancy Wilson’s twin sons, both of whom were 16 at the time. The incident began when the lads accidentally left the door of Wetter’s RV open. The incident happened at the previous night’s Heart concert at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington. Wetter eventually entered a guilty plea.
Not many people outside of the Northwest know that the rock band Heart actually formed in the late 1960s and went through several name changes before settling on “Heart” in 1973. Soon after, Wilson and her sister Nancy both joined, making them the first female-fronted hard rock band. There were more than two dozen people involved with the band at some point during its legendary career, but Michael Derosier, Howard Leese,
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Steve Fossen, Roger Fisher, and the Wilson sisters were the group’s backbone, helping them to achieve commercial success in nearly every decade, sell over 35 million records worldwide, and be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. It’s been years since the band has performed together.
Wilson’s favorite Wilson Fast track is still the band’s first single, “Crazy on You,” from 1976’s Dreamboat Annie. In 2019, the sisters will commemorate Heart’s first half-century in existence. In the meanwhile, though, Wilson is working on her own projects including the upcoming An Evening With Ann Wilson of Heart & The Amazing Dawgs tour. A total of 27 cities will be visited beginning on May 4.
Wilson Was so Frustrated
One of the new songs fans will get to hear when she goes on tour is “Greed,” off her new album Fierce Bliss; the song’s birth has a familiar story. In a nutshell, Wilson claims that she penned the song while fuming with rage; if this sounds familiar, it’s because she used the same method to pen Heart’s 1977 smash single, “Barracuda.”
Wilson was so frustrated by the failed marketing stunt of her record label that she wrote “Barracuda” in a fit of rage. The band’s record label allegedly placed a full-page ad in the prestigious magazine in 2018 that portrayed the sisters “as an incestuous gimmick.”