Following a year-long successful solo tour, iconic vocalist ANN WILSON of HEART is spending the early part of 2018 recording her new solo release and debut album for BMG. Due out this summer (exact release date TBA) and with a working title of SONGS FOR THE LIVING: VOL. 1, ANN has teamed with original Heart producer Mike Flicker (Dreamboat Annie, Magazine, Little Queen, Dog and Butterfly and Bebe Le Strange, among others) for an album that will pay homage to musicians lost in the past few years.
“It's a project very dear to me--a collection of songs by artists who have departed in the last several years including Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Chris Cornell and Amy Winehouse to name a few,” ANN explains. “I feel these souls have made a real, lasting contribution to the art of the popular song and to honor them is my deepest pleasure.”
The album will feature some of the singer’s favorite musicians, with the full track list to be announced in the coming weeks. With the recording still in progress in Los Angeles, the first three songs confirmed are Lesley Gore’s “You Don't Own Me,” Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” and The Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” in honor of Glenn Frey.
“Once again I am pushing my limits as a singer and it is thrilling work,” ANN says. “It’s my way of showing gratitude for these amazing expressions in words and music. This record was made in the old school way…on an actual tape recorder, so the sound is vibrant, present and powerful. This sound will not just massage the listener’s ego, it will stoke their heart and soul.”
Following a handful of solo headlining tour dates this spring, WILSON will join Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers for the “Stars Align Tour,” as the album is released. Kicking off July 18 in West Valley City, Utah, the tour stops in 19 cities across the U.S. and Canada including Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto and Nashville, before wrapping August 26 in Tampa. At these upcoming shows, ANN’s fans can expect to hear an assortment of Heart hits, along with tracks from her solo career.
“I am thrilled to have been asked to perform on the ‘Stars Align Tour’ with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers,” shares ANN. “They are both long time favorites of mine! They are masters at their craft and it is an honor to share the stage this summer.”
ANN WILSON OF HEART’s 2018 tour dates are listed below. Meanwhile, on March 15, ANN will be among the artists performing at the LOVE ROCKS NYC! benefit concert--presented by iconic fashion designer John Varvatos and NYC real estate broker Greg Williamson--for God’s Love We Deliver, at the historic Beacon Theatre in NYC.
Ann Wilson to start releasing weekly videos showcasing the tracks and the artists she chose on her upcoming albulm celebrating and honoring recently passed musicians and thier work.
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-- North American Summer Run Kicks Off July 18 --
-- Tickets On Sale to General Public Starting February 2 at LiveNation.com --
Los Angeles, CA (January 30, 2018) – Today, iconic legendary rock musicians Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers announced they will join forces for the “Stars Align Tour,” their co-headlining summer outing with Ann Wilson of Heart. Produced by Live Nation, the outing kicks off July 18th in West Valley City, Utah, and will stop in cities across the U.S. and Canada including Los Angeles, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto, Tampa, and more. The full listing of tour dates can be found below.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public for the “Stars Align Tour” beginning Friday, February 2 at 10 AM through LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Wednesday, January 31 at 12:00pm local time until Thursday, February 1 at 10:00pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
"I always enjoy touring the U.S. in the summer and joining with Paul, and Ann Wilson, should make for quite an exciting night,” said Jeff Beck.
“This is going to be a knock out combination of music and musicians,” said Paul Rodgers. “I've always been a Jeff Beck fan, who isn't? He is in a league of his own. Ann Wilson has an amazing voice and is a brilliant songwriter. 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of 'Free' and I hope we can touch your spirit with the 'Spirit of Free.’”
“I am thrilled to have been asked to perform on the Stars Align Tour with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers,” said Ann Wilson. “They are both long time favorites of mine! They are masters at their craft and it is an honor to share the stage this summer.”
Over the course of Jeff Beck’s distinguished 50+ music career, he has earned an incredible 8 GRAMMY Awards, been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice – once as a member of the Yardbirds and again as a solo artist. In the summer of 2016, guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with an extraordinary concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Jeff Beck: Live At The Hollywood Bowl is available now.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Paul Rodgers has led 3 bands to global success: Free, Bad Company, & The Firm. Rodgers has been named the #3 “Greatest Voice in Rock” in Rolling Stone and the #2 “All Time Best Rock Singer” in Classic Rock Magazine. For his songwriting, he was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Elton John. 2018 celebrates his 50th anniversary as a recording artist who has sold 125 million records. For the first time in 50 years in North America Paul’s set will focus on his Free catalogue.
On this upcoming summer run, Ann Wilson fans can expect to hear an assortment of Heart hits along with tracks from her solo career. Heart’s critically acclaimed Beautiful Broken album was released in 2016, the same year she toured with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick.
Happy New Year Humans!
Already, 2018 is shaping up to be a super exciting year for myself and many of my close musician friends and heroes. In the coming weeks I will be announcing a new recording project that is very near and dear to my
heart. I am deeply inspired to make this music and can't wait to take you
> all on the journey with me.
Elsewhere in AWoH news, the road is calling! My fantastic band and I
will be announcing a killer summer tour that you will not want to miss. I
promise the minute all the details are confirmed I will be spreading the
news to all of you. We start our touring year tomorrow in Louisiana and we are stoked to get going again.
We’ll see you all out there!
Ring in the new!
Love and respect,
This Saturday (December 9), the 29th annual Warren Haynes Presents The Christmas Jam will take place at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. While tickets to the benefit concert sold out shortly after they went on sale, there’s an option to watch from home or wherever you have an internet connection.
nugs.tv is offering a webcast featuring all the festivities live from Asheville on Saturday night. The action starts at 6 p.m. ET and webcasts are currently available for pre-order in both HD and SD formats.
Haynes will perform with Gov’t Mule, who will welcome Ann Wilson of Heart for a special appearance. Trey Anastasio will be on hand with Classic TAB, while others on the lineup include The Avett Brothers, Les Bros., Blackberry Smoke and Margo Price. Marcus King, Jake Shimabukuro, Holly Bowling, Bandon “Taz” Niederauer, Kevn Kinney and Mike Barnes are confirmed as special guests.