Heart’s Ann Wilson and her bandmate and sister Nancy Wilson are back on speaking terms. The pair has been dealing with some serious family issues before committing to making music together. Ann, who was out on the road this summer with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers, just released her latest solo album, the covers collection saluting her fallen rock heroes, titled Immortal. Nancy has been busy with her new band Roadcase Royale, featuring Liv Warfield — best known for her work in Prince’s New Power Generation.
In April 2017, Ann Wilson’s husband Dean Witter accepted a guilty plea to two counts of assault against Nancy Wilson’s then-16-year-old twin sons. The incident took place on August 26th, 2016 backstage at the band’s show in Auburn, Washington, when Witter punched and strangled Curtis and Billy Crowe, the sons of Nancy and ex-husband Cameron Crowe. According to Seattlepi.com, Witter “pleaded guilty (on) March 9th (2017) 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 remains up in the air.
Ann Wilson confirmed to us that she and Nancy are definitely now on speaking terms: “Well, right now Nancy’s working with her band Roadcase Royale, I’m doing this — I’m doing my thing. And we don’t have any deadlines for Heart right now that I can talk about. Contrary to urban myth, there’s no feud between Nancy and I, we just wanted to get out and stretch our wings. And sure, we’re. . . we’re talking. We’re sisters. We’re in a family, y’know, (laughs) so, y’know, everything’s good there. I saw her a couple of months ago. I didn’t see the kids ’cause they’re off at school — but I saw her, and our other sister, Lynn. We had a get-together. It was good.”