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It’s been a long, strange ride for Seattle rock legends Heart.
Disagreements between sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson over Heart’s direction came to a head after Ann’s husband assaulted Nancy’s teen twin sons in 2016, throwing both the fate of the band and the sisters’ relationship into a tailspin, unsure as to how to move forward – or if they even could.
Two years later, it happily looks like the Wilson sisters have found their way out of the darkness and if Nancy’s most recent interview is anything to go by…2019 is going to be a very, very good year to be a Heart fan. The 64-year-old guitarist revealed that she and Ann received a “big offer” for a Heart reunion tour next year, telling the Let There Be Talk podcast that the lines of communication between her and Ann are open and that they are “talking”.
“I’ve gotta say, it’s looking really good for a Heart reunion tour. There’s a big offer up there on the table. Me and Ann are talking, so we’ll keep talking.”
As for who approached who first? It’s looking like Nancy, who generously shared a brief bit about how she and Ann came back into each other’s orbit:
“I’ve been sort of [trying] for a while, but she was kind of busy and, I think, scared to talk. And I kind of said, ‘I’m not ever gonna confront you about anything, but there is this huge offer on the table, so we should talk – just the two of us.’ So we’re in that process right now. It’s kind of exciting.”
After literally living in each other’s pocket since childhood, Ann and Nancy were embroiled in a bitter feud stemming from a 2016 incident in which Ann’s husband, Dean Wetter, physically assaulted Nancy’s twin teenaged sons after they accidentally left the tour bus doors open and risked Ann’s pet dogs running away.
Wetter was detained after police were called to the scene and pleaded guilty to two non-felony assault charges last month, but the damage was done; the relationship between sisters Ann and Nancy deteriorated nearly to the point of no return, finding them refusing to share a dressing room on tour for the first time since the late sixties and only communicating via text message since the incident.
Thankfully, despite hurt feelings Ann and Nancy have both been optimistic that time would bring them together again, something Ann opened up about in 2017.
“What Nancy and I are doing right now is we’re working on our friendship and on our sisterhood,” she explained. “The band, that’s something else again. That’ll come and go and evolve and shape. But we’ll be sisters long after everything else is gone. So we’re working on our own relationship right now. Talking, letting water run under the bridge. Just cool down. Everybody chill.”
Whether we get to see Heart hit the road in 2019 for one of the most highly anticipated reunion tours in recent memory or not, we’re relieved to hear that Ann and Nancy are on their way to mending fences and finding the closeness they shared for so long.
Best of luck, Wilson sisters!