“You could sing the phone book and people would pay to hear you” is an expression that many of us have heard before, but almost none of us believe it to be true. If Ann Wilson of Heart was the person doing the singing, I am pretty sure I would be reaching for my wallet to buy my ticket. She possesses one of the most amazing voices to ever grace a stage and, just like a fine wine, she just keeps getting better with age. She recently headed out on a solo tour and instead of playing large arenas and amphitheaters, she’s chosen to play smaller, more intimate venues. On March 21, 2017, her tour made a stop at The Wilson Center at the Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina where the temperature was unseasonably warm and in the 80s. It may have been hot outside, but Ann was about to heat things up even hotter on the Cape Fear Stage.
The show was a very interesting mix of songs that caught quite a few people in the crowd, including the couple next to me, off guard. You see, the majority of the setlist is comprised of songs that are rich in lyrical content and have special meaning to Ann. If you’re showing up to hear nothing but Heart classics all night long, then you might just end up a little disappointed. Yes, there were Heart selections sprinkled throughout the set, but these shows go way beyond that. We got to hear such classics as “Barracuda,” “What About Love” and “Alone,” as well as a few others, but we found the covers to be the real meat on this night’s musical menu.