Ann Wilson Shares It’s Harder To Keep A Band Together Than Marriage
Ann Wilson was asked if it’s harder to keep a band or a marriage together? On her recent appearance on the The Mistress Carrie Podcast.
Wilson answered with a laugh:
“I think it’s harder to keep a band together — in my experience.”
The Heart rocker has been married to Dean Wetter since 2015. She added:
“And I’ve only been married once and I’m still loving it and feel great about it. It’s harder to keep a band together because you have other people coming, like wives and significant others, talking in your bandmates’ ears and maybe saying things that pit them against you or against the group unity. It’s really hard. It’s kind of a revolving door with a band.”
Ann’s comments followed the announcement of her younger sister, Nancy, who revealed plans to tour later this year without Ann. Nancy will go under the name Nancy Wilson’s Heart and will perform with Kimberly Nichole, the Seattle native and finalist on Season 8 of The Voice.
Nancy said they will perform Heart songs in a different way, and there will be,
“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.”
As of now, the Wilson sisters remain on separate paths. Nancy said:
“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.”
Ann has her upcoming solo album Fierce Bliss to be released on April 29. While Nancy will join Melissa Etheridge, the Go-Go’s’ Kathy Valentine and Orianthi as a co-leader of the first-ever women’s-only Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp over Mother’s Day weekend (May 6-9) in Los Angeles.
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