April 6, 2017 | Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA – Ann Wilson’s recent April 6 performance at Glenside’s (PA) Keswick Theater can be summed up in a series of one word refrains. Adjectives such as, wow, outstanding, amazing, unbelievable and driving all come to mind. There could be many more added to the list, however the point is; the “Ann Wilson of Heart Tour,” is one of the best shows of this young 2017 concert season.
Taking the stage a modest 11 minutes past the scheduled 7:30 p.m. start, Wilson walked out to tremendous applause as she and her band broke into The Who’s, “The Real Me,” showcasing the still edgy side of Wilson’s vocal ability. With nary a pause, she followed this with a very “Heart-esque” version of “Barracuda,” spearheaded by her Heart band mate Craig Bartock on guitar.
“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it;” it’s a good thing that Wilson pays absolutely no attention to that old cliché as she performed the first of several reworked Heart songs. Try as he may to disguise the intro, keyboardist Dan Walker started “Crazy On You,” as a slow ballad; easily recognizable to the hard core Heart fans. This calmer version of the classic tune was very well received and once again, its retooling allowed Wilson to “stretch it out, “a bit. During the rendition, an admire handed her a bouquet of flowers from the front row which she promptly acknowledged and then placed the offering on the drum riser.