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Ann Wilson’s Husband Sentenced for Assault on Nancy Wilson’s Children

Dean Wetter, the husband to Heart singer Ann Wilson, has been sentenced for the assault on Nancy Wilson’s children.

He was arrested last year after striking one of Nancy’s kids during a disagreement on a tour bus, while Heart performed at the Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington.

According to SeattlePI.com, Wetter plead guilty on March 9th to two counts of fourth-degree assault. He was sentenced on April 14th to 364 days in jail. This was part of a plea deal that keeps him from going behind bars. The agreement includes restitution, two years probation, counseling, and a ban on contact with Nancy’s children.

 

Though this incident has now been settled, it is very unlikely that we see a Heart reunion in the future, if at all.

Ann Wilson: Heart Won’t Reunite Without Counseling

According to Ann Wilson, counseling is the only way Heart will reunite. This comes from the falling out between Ann or her sister Nancy Wilson over a family assault drama.

The incident in question, occurred during a Heart performance in Auburn, Washington last August. Ann’s husband, Dean Wetter, was arrested for attacking Nancy’s children after one of them left a tour bus door open, letting out one of the pet dogs.

 

The last twenty shows were rough on the sisters, causing a major rift, including them using separate dressing rooms for the first time since the 1960’s. Since the tour, The Wilsons have only communicated via text and Ann has launched a solo tour, while Nancy has formed Roadcase Royale.

Ann Wilson told Rolling Stone,  “I wouldn’t say it’s a temporary hiatus, I would say it’s a hiatus. We don’t need that little qualification in there. When I came offstage and Dean told me what happened, the first thing he said was, ‘Go onto Nancy’s bus and clear the way, because I want to apologize.’ I went over, and everyone in the Heart camp was sitting around. They wouldn’t listen. I know him and I know he was really provoked. It was wrong of him to get into it, but he’s a person of extremely high moral fiber. It was just totally unfortunate all round.”

In March of this year, Wetter plead guilty to two non-felony assault charges, which means he won’t face any jail time when he is sentenced later this week (April 14th).

Even though both sister’s have agreed this isn’t a short-term hiatus, Ann does not rule out a reunion in the future. “I do see a positive way forward, and that’s our friendship,” Ann said. “Nancy and I didn’t do this thing. Nobody in this situation is evil. Nancy and I love each other. We want to be friends. My side really hurt her side, her side really hurt my side. We’ve got to let those heal, and get some counseling.”

 

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Officially Announces Roadcase Royale

Heart‘s Nancy Wilson is taking some time off this year from the band, and she’s starting up a new project, Roadcase Royale.

The group finds Wilson and a trio of Heart vets — keyboardist Chris Joyner, bassist Dan Rothchild and drummer Ben Smith — working alongside former Prince vocalist Liv Warfield and lead guitarist Ryan Waters to produce what a press release promises is “muscular rock with some R&B/Blues and in depth ballads thrown in.”

Wilson has stressed that this band isn’t replacing Heart, but is excited to take this band as far as it can go.

“When I came up with the name Roadcase Royale, it was an interesting symbol to me,” said Wilson. “The big heavy-duty road cases that our amps, drums, and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road — strong and regal looking, yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”

Roadcase Royale’s debut single, “Get Loud,” leads off a promised EP’s worth of new material that’s set to arrive in conjunction with tour dates.

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Collaborating With Former New Power Generation Member

Founding Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson is launching a new side project with Liv Warfield, a former member of Prince’s backing group New Power Generation. The project will be called Roadcase.

Wilson’s posted on her Facebook page, three other Heart members — drummer Ben Smith, bassist Dan Rothchild and keyboardist Chris Joyner, will be part of the project.

Wilson and Warfield both posted a photo of them together, along with the note, “Brand new year. New friends. New music… #Roadcase.”

 

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