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Your guide to Ann & Nancy Wilson on the net since 1996! In 2017, Ann and Nancy embark on side-projects: "Ann Wilson of Heart" and ROADCASE ROYALE. This fansite will report about those and about any possible Heart plans as soon as more info is available. Please like us on Facebook for more updates :) TDHS

14 October 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Ann Wilson In Focus – A Concert Film

Ann just released this new more than two hours long documentary/concert film.

BestClassicBands: The Heart singer is said to have given filmmaker Criss Cain “exclusive access to her home, rehearsal studio, tour bus and dressing room, in hopes of producing an authentic concert film.” The documentary about one of the greatest female singers in all of classic rock, Ann Wilson / In Focus: A Concert Film, doesn’t have a precise release date yet. But a series of clips with songs and brief interviews have been issued over the past several months.

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29 July 2017 ~ 2 Comments

Roadcase Royale: First Things First

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On September 22nd 2017, Roadcase Royale released their debut album!

Order on Amazon.com: CD | Vinyl | Digital | Get Loud MP3
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1. Get Loud
  2. Not Giving Up
  3. Hold On To My Hand
  4. Even It Up
  5. Cover Each Other
  6. The Dragon
  7. Insaniac
  8. These Dreams
  9. Mind Your Business (Live)
  10. Never Say Die
From Amazon:
Fronted by Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart, and former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield of New Power Generation, Roadcase Royale has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring decades of experience from the upper echelons of rock ‘n’ roll and R&B to Roadcase Royale, along with an intense sense of direction and drive. Joining Wilson and Warfield are New Power Generation lead guitarist Ryan Waters, and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (drums) and Chris Joyner (keyboards). Each of these members shines in ROADCASE ROYALE, with their unique sensibilities creating the group’s passionate and driving rock and R&B sound. A guitar virtuoso from the age of 10, Nancy Wilson, and her sister Ann, led the multi-platinum rock group, Heart. Together they sold over 35 million records, and were inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013. Nancy is revered as an ingenious guitar player, a gifted vocalist, and an accomplished composer.

From Loud and Proud Records

10 October 2017 ~ 2 Comments

New RR video: “Cover Each Other”

03 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Roadcase Royale tour postponed!

BOB SEGER POSTPONES TOUR. ROADCASE ROYALE IS THE OPENER FOR THIS TOUR

All addditional Roadcase Royale shows have currently been cancelled. Tickets for these dates will be refunded promptly.

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Detroit, MI (October 3, 2017) – Bob Seger announced today that he will have to postpone upcoming tour dates upon receiving his doctor’s orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae. No further details are available at this time.

Seger commented “I’m so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll. It’s a privilege to play for our amazing fans. Hoping to be back out on the road very soon.”

Seger and his Silver Bullet Band played the 13th sold out show of their 2017 Runaway Train Tour last Thursday in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, Seger had to postpone his 14th show in Columbus.

Rescheduled dates will be announced when available. Tickets sold for concerts that are being rescheduled will be honored at the new dates.

The following tour dates have been postponed:
DateCityVenue
Sep 30Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Oct 5Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Oct 7Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena
Oct 10Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Oct 12St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Oct 14Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Oct 19The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct 21Frisco, TX Ford Center at The Star
Oct 24Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Oct 26Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Oct 28Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov 2Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Nov 4Inglewood, CA The Forum
Nov 7Boise, ID Ford Center
Nov 9Portland, OR Moda Center
Nov 11Seattle, WA KeyArena
Nov 13Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena
Nov 15St. Paul, MN XCEL Energy Center
Nov 17Chicago, IL Allstate Arena

28 September 2017 ~ 3 Comments

Drink’s On the House! – Guest Post from Video Connoisseur™

. . . Let’s celebrate a glorious jam from these 3 trailblazing rockers, Nancy Wilson, Liv Warfield, and Felicia Collins, recorded at the Global Citizen Festial! Queued on the following youtube video is the moment Felicia Collins of Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band (David Letternman’s long-time house band), chimes in for the guitar solo Nancy made famous for Even It Up – listen:
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Yeeeees! Girl power ecstasy!!! Three rockers with hard-won industry cred side-by-side in one of the potent hard rock anthems of all time! Congratulations, to Felicity Collins, Nancy Wilson, and Liv Warfield for setting high goals and inspiring the rest of us!
More on the Global Citizen Festival: globalcitizen.org

Roadcase Royale is the happening ticket for energetic opener for Bob Seger, or solo appearances between tour dates, which have Roadcase Royale playing to packed or sold out venues. Here are my favorite live captures, where the band plays tight, and front woman Liv jumps around the stage, dancing, playing tambourine, singing behind the beat, and powering through standards and new tunes:

Latest (posted today) Mind Your Business live from Gramercy
– thanx, NSDQ160th Youtube channel
Has a swampy groove, would you agree?

Cover Each Other excerpt (my fav)
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Irresistible rhythm immerses the listener. This live version could go on 20 minutes, instead of the 2 1/2 Michael Songco captured! Still, thanx!

Insaniac
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How about that 2 minute solo by Ryan Waters at the end? This one is captivating the critics. Gus from Back Stage Axxess wrote:

“Insaniac” might be the most complete track on “First Things First.” This hard rocking blues based song has both Wilson and Waters playing off each other, bringing out the best in Waters.

Never Say Die TDHS posted on an earlier blog entry. Liv’s vocals flow like molasses on that tune!

The Dragon from the March show:
– the CalVid Youtube Channel capture has good sound quality.

Check out Felicia Collins’ Hole in My Heart at a benefit:|Black Rock Coalition TV
Amazing! Sings beautiful and with feeling – what a talent!

Last but not least, Bob Seger is my hero for giving Roadcase its chance. There is overlap in my taste with Bob Seger’s cover of Lou Reed’s Busload of Faith, from his up-and-coming album. Enjoy a recent live performance, here:
sunspotbaby1962 Youtube Channel
Cool cover! SunSpotBaby1962 posted the whole concert for the armchair concert goers to get a sample of this historical tour! His hosting Nancy and her band made me listen and discover this amazing group, Bob Seger and his band.

Only acts which are on my radar are the ones that gain notice from Video Connoisseur™. Now, Felicia Collins and Bob Seger are on my radar. Video Connoisseur™ is a collection of fan captures or other live video captures. Like paparazzi shots capture the real appearance of a celebrity, instead of a studio photo by a professional photographer, after hair and makeup artists and stylists alter and tweak, live performances are the snapshot of the real band! It’s an exciting time for live enthusiasts, with youtube uploads, with tv appearances which take on historical significance, of past contributers to the music scene, and current artists, who are easy to video record by phone. I enjoy and have the ability to put myself in the little screen, and lose myself in recorded concerts and I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE!!! Lana Del Rey’s career certainly been enhanced by audiences who are like me. We enjoy video captures of her live performances by other devoted fans. Her fans must comprise that segment of lonely people who lose themselves online, like me. Artists of today adapt to the release of the iPhone in 2007. It opens new possibilities! I listen on PC using SeaMonkey browser and headphones on only my left (good) ear, at 25% PC volume, and yank the Youtube volume to near silent. Thankfully, Youtube remembers your volume setting – low volume is loud enough for my sensitive ears!

Hope you enjoyed this curated list of videos presented here by kind invitation of TDHS, the administrator of Heartlinker.nl, who let me share! Heartlinker.nl is my go-to site for fan news about Heart.

VideoConnoisseur.com has more videos on my radar, mostly female singer / acoustic guitar. Watch them on Youtube, because the sound is better. Thanx.

20 September 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Billboard Exclusive: “The Dragon”

Billboard: Nancy Wilson has been sitting on “The Dragon” for quite a while — as far back as the ’90s, when she wrote the song for Heart. Although it didn’t come to fruition until her new band Roadcase Royale set about recording its debut, its resonance has only increased over the years. “The Dragon” — which will be on Roadcase Royale’s First Things First and is premiering exclusively here — started life as Wilson’s open letter to the late Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley while he was in the throes of addiction. And in the wake of this year’s suicides by Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, the message behind the album’s heaviest track is even stronger.

Nancy Wilson 2017 (by Jeremy Danger)

16 September 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Ann in Florida while Irma hits

Ann lives in Florida nowadays with her husband Dean. Ann responded to her worried fans about how they’re holding out while Irma visited the Sunshine State. Here’s one of her updates:

Check out her Twitter and Facebook for all of the 5 updates.

During the storm Ann & Nancy reached out to each other. This is what Nancy had to say:

“So -You know were working it out gradually. She was in Florida for the hurricane -she’s okay- their house is standing. But that’s sort of where we started actually texting back each other again. Cos. it’s Like -Are you okay, you know. So it’s like the bigger issues than just what’s gonna happen to the rock band.”

More on Heart’s hiatus here.

Ann will resume touring this Fall. IV dates of leg IV have been announced.

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16 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Nancy & Liv on Roadcase Royale tour

The First Things First tour started this week and Nancy, Liv and the guys have been impressing crowds so far. Starting in NYC with a headlining show they have joined the huge Bob Seger tour. A couple of headlining shows are in the itinerary. Check the latest dates here. Some Bob Seger dates have been added in November on the West Coast. Here’s an impression of what to expect:

“Never Say Die”, Gramercy Theatre NYC, September 10th 2017

“Crazy On You”, Blue Cross Arena in Rochester NY, September 12th 2017

Digital Journal wrote: Overall, Roadcase Royale was exceptional at Gramercy Theatre in New York. All six musicians were excellent on their instruments, while Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield slayed the vocals. Warfield truly blew the roof off the Gramercy Theatre, and proved to be one of contemporary musician’s most underrated vocalists. It is evident that his new band is going places. Roadcase Royale is highly recommended seeing in concert when they come to town. Their live set at Gramercy Theatre garnered five out of five stars.

NYC, thanx to Brett

NYC, Thanx to Brett