With sister Nancy tied up with another project, Ann Wilson has hit the road with her appropriately named “Ann Wilson of Heart” tour. The first leg included 20 shows that kicked off March 8 at the Moore Theatre in Wilson’s hometown of Seattle and wrapped up on April 7 at the Park Theatre PAC in Providence, RI. The second leg, including 23 concerts, is slated to launch May 19 at Indio, CA’s Fantasy Springs Casino. It continues through early July, wrapping up in Anaheim, CA.
In a pre-tour statement, Wilson said, “the stage is a magical place where I can be beautifully in and out of control, where I can build a fire and then jump into it. I’ve never been much good at talking, but I can sing, and when I sing, I connect with people in a much deeper, higher way.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vocalist added that fans “can expect the unexpected. The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart.”
And in this regard, she definitely delivered, with the tour providing Wilson with the opportunity to reinterpret some Heart classics, plus dive into a wide array of covers from her heroes including Jimi Hendrix, Yes, Peter Gabriel — and even Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Ray Charles — among many others. She’s pushing herself, her band and her crew to long two-plus hour shows and getting rewarded by the crowds for doing so.