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Ann Wilson of Heart at Celebrity Theatre


One of the great 70s female rock singer came to the valley on Tuesday to play at the Celebrity Theatre.  Ann Wilson and her sister Nancy are the founders the rock group Heart.  Ann is currently touring on her own and has a new band.  She joked that the band is the “No Name Band” and is made up of Craig Bartock (Guitar), Andy Stoller (Bass), Dan Walker (Keyboards) and Denny Fongheiser (Drums). Both Craig and Denny have played with Heart in the past.

The show started with Ann and the band performing the classic The Who song, “The Real Me”.  I have seen Ann and Heart a number of times over the years with the first time in 1978.  It was amazing after almost 40 years, Ann’s voice was still clear and strong.  She is still an amazing singer and was able to show her range with a number of the songs including the opener, “The Real Me”.  They then moved into a trio of Heart hits, “Barracuda”, Crazy On You” and finally “What About Love”.  Then band played a wide range of songs from a number of different bands, including Elvis, The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Ray Charles, etc.  Ann also sang a couple of her own songs, “Fool No More” and “Anguish”.

About ½ way through the set, Ann and the band took a short break.  They started the second half with a classic Heart song, “A Million Miles”.  Again in this part of the show they covered a number of songs for other great bands including The Animals and Peter Gabriel.  They ended the main set with another The Who classic “Love, Reign O’er Me”.  Most bands come back after the main set for a single song encore.  Ann and the band did 2 encores of 4 fantastic songs.

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