Heart lead vocalist and founding member Ann Wilson is currently embarking on a solo tour. The most recent stop was at the House of Blues in New Orleans on Sunday evening March 19. Billed as 'Ann Wilson of Heart,' the two hour show was about 30 minutes longer than a typical Heart concert and included many covers, a few original songs and a selection of recordings from the Heart catalog. Wilson relied on a Heart heavy beginning, belting out rock classics "Barracuda" and "Crazy on You." The latter was a more acoustic version that was first recorded on The Lovemongers' (Ann and Nancy Wilson side group) first EP The Battle of Evermore in the early 1990s. I actually prefer the more acoustic version to the classic rocker and Wilson's voice perfectly conveyed the power of the song.
Other Heart hits from the 1980s and 1990s, "What About Love?" and "All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You," were also featured in the first part of the concert. Both were more acoustic than the original versions, but "What About Love?" does not sound nearly as good as it used to. Wilson saved her always terrific version of "Alone" until late in the show and the song never fails to resonate with the crowd. One of the biggest surprises of the evening was the inclusion of "Tall, Dark Handsome Stranger" from Heart's Brigade album. The arrangement was completely changed for the underrated song and the retro music was reminiscent of The Doors from the late 1960s.