Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee ANN WILSON of Heart – Solo Concert Re-envisioned Heart Classics & Covers
In the 1970s and 1980s Heart produced some of the most memorable rock songs of the era, and along with heavy radio rotation and MTV videos, Ann and Nancy Wilson came to dominate the charts and sell-out concerts. Aside from her touring and recording schedule with Heart, Ann Wilson, the sister with the pipes, has managed to squeeze in a 20-date North American solo tour of Heart classics and re-envisioned covers.
On Sunday, March 12, Ms. Wilson graced the Wiltern Theater for a night of stripped down elegance. When the tour was announced earlier this year, Wilson told Rolling Stone Magazine to expect “a rich eclectic blend of rock, pop and soul music, with new arrangements.” And that it was. Unforgettable Heart classics and a mix of covers, Wilson immersed both heart and soul into these re-inspired arrangements and backed by a solid band, which included Heart guitarist Craig Bartock, bassist Andy Stoller, former Heart drummer Denny Fongheiser and keyboardist Dan Walker, performed a solid 2-hour set.
Preferring to remain seated during most of the performance rather than rocking out on their feet, the older crowd set the tone for the show as Wilson sang her way through 70’s Heart classics, Barracuda and Crazy on You, to 80’s mega hits Alone, What About Love and All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, a song which Ann disliked for many years because of the lyrics, but has now made peace with it.
Wilson’s voice was on point sounding stronger than ever. She wore a stunning red dress with her hair in colorful purple strands and stood surrounded by candles. Her voice filled the room, mixed way out front, showing off her incredible prowess and ability to sing just about anything. Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix), Your Move (Yes), Won’t Get Fooled Again (The Who), She Talks to Angels (Black Crowes), We Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Animals), and Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel) are some of the songs she covered, bringing new life to these timeless classics.
The night was divided into two sets with a brief 10-minute intermission. Wilson returned to sing A Million Miles, a song she wrote about a personal relationship she missed while on tour and a soulful edge to Aretha Franklin’s Ain’t No Way. She ended with a story about her mother, who single-handedly raised both her and her sister and it was through her mother she learned to appreciate music. The last song was a heartfelt rendition of the Ray Charles classic The Danger Zone.
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Ann Wilson of Heart 2017 Tour Dates
3/8 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
3/10 Berkeley, CA UC Theatre
3/12 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
3/14 Aspen, CO Belly Up
3/15 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
3/16 Salina, KS Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts
3/18 Lake Charles, LA Golden Nugget
3/19 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
3/21 Wilmington, NC Cape Fear Community College Theatre
3/22 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
3/23 Greenville, SC Peace Center for the Creative Arts
3/25 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/26 Annapolis, MD Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
3/29 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
3/30 Westbury, NY The Westbury Theater
4/1 Peekskill, NY Paramount Hudson Valley
4/2 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
4/4 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
4/6 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
4/7 Providence, RI Park Theatre PAC
The Real Me
I Put a Spell on You
What About Love
Tall Dark Handsome Stranger
Fool No More
A Million Miles
Your Move (I’ve Seen All Good People)
She Talks to Angels
Don’t Give Up
We Gotta Get Out of This Place
Love, Reign O’er Me
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Crazy on You
For What It’s Worth
Ain’t No Way
All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You
The Danger Zone