Out on her own — Ann Wilson just as powerful as ever
Ann Wilson, the powerful lead singer of Heart, helped pave the way for thousands of women in rock music. Appearing Aug. 15 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, Wilson and her sister Nancy created a body of work that not only stands the test of time, but has influenced a diverse array of musicians.
"There are some that you wouldn't expect, like Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains," Wilson says. "Some of those guys you think are really heavy dudes, when you meet them they say, 'Oh yeah, I grew up on your music.'"
Currently, Ann and Nancy Wilson are not speaking to each other because of incident that took place in August 2016. Ann Wilson's husband, Dean Wetter, was charged with two counts of assault against Nancy Wilson's teenage sons. Wetter plead guilty to two non-felony assault charges in the fourth degree in March 2017.
Ann Wilson didn't want to talk about the incident, but did speak at length about touring as a solo artist and her future plans.
Question: In addition to songs by Heart, you're doing some interesting covers on this tour, including "I've Seen All Good People" by Yes, the Who's "The Real Me," and "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel. What do you look for in a cover song?
Answer: I look for a really interesting melody and lyrics, because I'm a singer and that's the most important thing to me. Especially lyrics, because I want all the songs I choose for this project to have a message and to be relevant to today's world. When I was choosing the songs for this show, I put together a great big wish list. It didn't matter if I had written it or somebody else had written it, I just wanted great songs.
Q:One of the more interesting choices is "Manic Depression" by Jimi Hendrix. Why that song?
A: It's real rocker. It's got lyrics that are not the usual type of formulaic words. It spoke to me, Jimi Hendrix's mental imagery on top of all the rock. You kind of have to just relax and listen to the phrases to understand what he's talking about: the frustration of multi-polarity, being a moody person, being a depressed person.