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Going Solo: With Heart on Hiatus, Ann Wilson Brings Her Show to Fantasy Springs


The year 2016 was going fantastically for Heart.

The band had a new hit album on its hands, with Beautiful Broken reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. The band performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recording the obviously named Live at the Royal Albert Hall With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and embarked on a tour with Joan Jett and Cheap Trick.

Then, on Aug. 27, that fantastic streak came to a halt: Ann Wilson’s husband, Dean Wetter, reportedly assaulted Nancy Wilson’s two teenage sons after a concert in Auburn, Wash., resulting in his arrest.

The sisters have each issued statements regarding the incident—and have decided to play as solo acts, for at least the time being.

Ann Wilson will be performing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at 8 p.m., Friday, May 19.

During a recent phone interview, Ann Wilson discussed her solo trek, which includes a couple of members of Heart: lead guitarist Craig Bartock and former drummer Denny Fongheiser.

“Craig Bartock has been playing with Heart for 15 years, and he and I were writing songs together before this latest thing, and I thought he’d be a perfect fit,” Wilson said. “Denny Fongheiser played in Heart back in the ’90s, and I’ve always thought that he was my favorite drummer out of all the Heart drummers. He’s a fantastic percussionist and a great all-around guy with imagination and capabilities. I went back to him, and I’m really glad I did.”

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