Ann Wilson on Why Heart’s ’80s Lineup Was ‘Overlooked’ by the Rock Hall
Heart was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class. As with some bands, only certain band members were included in the induction.
Ann Wilson touched on her frustration about this in a new interview. She said, “The Rock Hall told us who they wanted to induct, and it was the original lineup — the ‘Magic Man,’ ‘Crazy on You’ lineup.”
Heart saw significant success in the ’80s. However, the members of Heart from that era were excluded. Wilson noted, “Heart’s been together for so long that we’ve had a few different generations of players, and there was a whole generation of people that played all through the ‘80s, like for 10 years, Denny Carmassi and Mark Andes and those guys. They were completely overlooked by the Rock Hall.”
Heart’s First Show Since 2019
In other Heart news: The band is performing their first show together since 2019.
This show is taking place on New Year’s Eve at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin is on the bill as a special guest. Tickets for the show are on sale today (October 27) via Ticketmaster.com.
Per Setlist.fm, the last Heart show took place on October 13, 2019. Earlier this month, Nancy Wilson made a surprise appearance at Ann Wilson’s solo show in Santa Rosa, Calif. It was the first time the Heart sisters performed together since the final Heart show.
The surprise appearance from Nancy during Ann’s show was something that excited their fans. In recent years, Ann and Nancy’s relationship appeared a bit fractured in public. Their issues stem from an incident in 2016. Ann’s husband, Dean Wetter, was arrested after he assaulted Nancy’s then 16-year-old twin sons backstage at a Heart show. However, Ann said in an interview with Rock Candy in April 2022 there was no rift. She explained, “Things happen in families, and that was a really good example of something that happened within a family, and we worked it out.”
Part of “working it out” appeared to include Nancy touring under the name Nancy Wilson’s Heart. As previously reported, Nancy Wilson’s Heart came to be after Nancy and Ann Wilson had a touring disagreement.
“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,” said Nancy. “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.”