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Ann Wilson of Heart, The Wiltern Theater Review

 

Ann Wilson of Heart truly possesses one of the most captivating voices on the planet, one which was in rapturous display on one magical night at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Combining Heart songs, selections from The Ann Wilson Thing, and influential covers, Ann Wilson and her band unveiled a thoroughly bewitching evening of tunes that set the imagination in flight.  Ann Wilson looked absolutely radiant when arriving onstage, and when she and the band burst into a stunning rendition of The Real Me by The Who, one could instantly realize that this would be the beginning of an absolutely memorable show.

Those who wanted to hear Heart tunes were treated to classic cuts such as Barracuda, What About Love, and Tall Dark Handsome Stranger.  The Who would remain was a major part of this event, with glorious interpretations of Won’t Get Fooled Again and Love Reign O’er Me enrapturing the filled to capacity auditorium. Other choice selections on display within this tremendously wondrous night included tunes originated by artists such as Yes, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Aretha Franklin and so much more – all delivered with a stunning amount of passion and conviction by Ann Wilson.

In addition to Ms. Wilson’s powerful performance and superbly fascinating story telling between songs, her band was in top form featuring some of the very best musicians in the business – including the participation of Craig Bartock on guitar (Heart member for a dozen years, who also performed in The Ann Wilson Thing for two years); Andy Stoller on bass (The Ann Wilson Thing member for two years); and Denny Fongheiser on drums and percussion (Heart member in the 1990’s for two years). When the entire membership launched into the Heart classic Crazy On You towards the end of the show, the audience was fully enveloped within the world of Ann Wilson, and what a tremendous delight the entire performance was! Thanks to Ann Wilson and her wonderful band for treating us all to a dazzling night of rock and roll here in the City of Angels!

(Review by Ken Morton – Photo by Jack Lue)

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