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Quick Takes On Heart, John Mellencamp, Tears For Fears, & Monsters Of Rock Cruise”

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Heart’s Nancy Wilson tweeted out a message aimed at her estranged sister Ann and Heart fans everywhere. Heart has been on ice following the recent assault charges against Ann’s husband Dean Stuart Wetter, who was arrested after the band’s August 26th, 2016 show in Auburn, Washington, when he assaulted his nephews — Curtis and Billy Crowe, the twin 16-year-old sons of Nancy Wilson and ex-husband Cameron Crowe. According to last year, 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.”

Nancy Wilson’s tweet read: “I believe Heart can make magic. Both with the classics that the fans love and other song discoveries that make new magical imprints as well. Heart is a great band with a lot of range. We are not confined by the oldies either done by others or our own. I hold out hope for Heart. — Nancy Wilson (@NancyWilson) April 17, 2018”

John Mellencamp’s latest art exhibition, titled Life, Death, Love, And Freedom opens on April 26th at Manhattan’s ACA Galleries. Life, Death, Love, And Freedom, which is named after Mellencamp’s 2008 album, is the singer/songwriter’s second solo exhibition with the gallery and will “showcase two new bodies of work: Mellencamp’s sculptural assemblages and series of portraits.”

Mellencamp has previously exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; the Tennessee State Museum, in Nashville; The Museum of Art in Deland, Florida; and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. (Press release)

Tears For Fears has postponed its upcoming tour of the UK and Ireland due to “unforeseen health concerns and doctor’s orders.” The shows, which were to start on April 27th in Leeds, England have all been pushed back into January and February 2019, with Alison Moyet staying on as the tour’s opening act. A statement from the band read: “Tears for Fears apologize to their fans and are extremely sorry for any inconvenience caused. They look forward to working on finishing material for their first new album in fourteen years, with the hope of releasing it this autumn.” (NME)

Last November, Tears For Fears issued its first new music in 13 years with the release of the greatest hits compilation, Rule The World. The 16-track collection included two new tracks — “I Love You But I’m Lost” and “Stay” — which marked the group’s first new music since the 2004 album, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending.

The details for the 9th annual “Monsters Of Rock Cruise” have just been rolled out, with the ship setting sail out of Miami on February 24th and running through March 1st, 2019 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. The five-day/five-night full ship charter cruise — dubbed “Band Overboard” — visits two ports: Ocho Rios, Jamaica and the Private Isle of Labadee.

The confirmed line-up for the 2019 Monsters Of Rock Cruise includes: Tesla, Tom Keifer, Extreme, Queensryche, Saxon, Skid Row, UDO, Kix, D*A*D, Danger Danger, Kings X, Pat Travers Band, Nelson, the Quireboys, Pink Cream 69, the Wildhearts, Rose Tattoo, Eclipse, SOTO, Killer Dwarfs, Brighton Rock, Vain, Mike Tramp, John Corabi, Bullet Boys, Black N Blue, Tora Tora, Tuff, Lies, Deceit & Treachery, Jetboy, Michael Grant & The Assassins, and Mitch Malloy, with more performances to be announced.

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