Fans of the rock group Heart get a special treat this week. Lead singer Ann Wilson plays the Keswick Theatre, at 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, Thursday night as part of her solo tour.
So why tour without sister Nancy and Heart? I put that question to Ann Wilson in a telephone interview last week. “It’s a chance to stretch out and do something different,” she replied. A quick look at her recent set lists confirms her statement. Among the artists Wilson is covering on this solo tour are The Who, Ray Charles, Yes, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Gabriel, Black Crowes, Peter Gabriel and Aretha Franklin. That’s the definition of stretching out.
If that isn’t enough motivation for you to see this show, consider that Wilson also will perform a handful of Heart favorites, too. Asked what dictates her set list for her shows, Wilson said, “What I feel like singing. I want to play new songs.” And given that she has been singing with her sister since the early 1970s, that is a reasonable goal at this point in her career.
I’m always amazed that music stars can sing the same songs night after night, year after year, without going crazy. What does Wilson do?
“We switch the set list around,” she stated. “It isn’t static.” But what is the secret ingredient to successful touring? “(It’s) doing the music you enjoy and having a good band like the one (on this tour),” Wilson said. Recent sets have shown Wilson stretching out on the classic rock songs “I Put a Spell on You,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “She Talks to Angels” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”