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Ann Wilson On Heart Hiatus: ‘We Need To Let It Breathe’

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Heart fans might just have to get used to not seeing sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson on the same stage anytime soon, as the pair deals with some serious family issues before making music together. In April, Ann Wilson’s husband Dean Witter accepted a guilty plea to two counts of assault against Nancy Wilson’s 16-year-old sons. The incident took place last August 26th backstage at the band’s show in Auburn, Washington, when Witter punched and strangled Curtis and Billy Crowe, the twin 16-year-old sons of Nancy Wilson and ex-husband Cameron Crowe. According to seattlepi.com, Witter “pleaded guilty (on) March 9th to two counts of fourth-degree assault. He received a suspended sentence of 364 days in jail, meaning he will not serve any time. His plea agreement includes restitution, two years of probation, counseling and no contact with his nephews.” The fate of Heart as a band and the sisters Wilson remains up in the air.

Ann Wilson, who is currently touring on her own, spoke candidly to Yahoo Music, and explained the situation as best she could: “We have no plans right now with Heart. We’re on creative walkabout. We’re both doing solo things this year. . . We need to let it breathe. We haven’t made any plans one way or the other. What Nancy and I are doing right now is we’re working on our friendship and on our sisterhood. 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.”

She went on to say that both sisters are flexing their creative muscles away from the big machine of a major recording and touring rock band: “We’ve been sort of giving everything to (Heart) since we were in our early-’20s. That’s been the main focus of our lives. This is the first time we’ve decided to actually look away from it for a couple of minutes. . . I think that when and if Heart comes back together, in whatever form it comes back together in, it’ll be fresher.”

While promoting her solo tour, Ann Wilson shed light on the prospects of Heart ever coming back together, telling L.A.’s Fox News affiliate, “I don’t think we’d call it a reunion. We just don’t know right now. We don’t have any plans right now for that. Each of us are doing separate things. We’re breathing — we’re on artistic walk-about, and I’m going to be tour all the way through the end of October.”

June 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
June 10 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theater
June 13 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
June 14 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
June 16 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
June 17 – Warren, OH – Packard Music Hall
June 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
June 21 – Cedar Falls, IA – Gallagher Bluedorn PAC
June 26 – Layton, UT – Henley Amphitheater
June 27 – Sandy, UT – Sandy City Amphitheater
June 29 – Pleasanton, CA – Alameda County Fairgrounds
June 30 – San Rafael, CA – Marin County Fair
July 2 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheim
July 3 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Steet Experience
July 25 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
July 28 – West Bend, WI – Washington County Fair
August 8 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
August 10 – Toledo, OH – Centennial Terrace
August 13 – Lynn, MA – Lynn Auditorium
August 15 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre-Greensburg
August 18 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater

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