Out on the road, Ann Wilson evolving musically — alone
“It’s never going to come back to hat old way,” admits Wilson, nearly a year after a much reported family disagreement on a tour bus involving her husband and sister Nancy’s twin sons that resulted in the former’s assault charges and the near dissolution of the Wilsons’ personal and professional relationship. While Ann Wilson says she doesn’t “really know” if Heart will survive after the fracas, her thoughts are instead focused on the future.
“I’m not putting a deadline on that right now. My mission currently is about evolving and I expect anything I do musically also to evolve,” she says, currently on the road again and headed to House of Blues June 16. “I’m just out here exploring and seeing what I still can bring to this world because I don’t just want to be chasing a paycheck for lifestyle maintenance. That’s not enough for me. I’m doing this project now for love.”
That project is Wilson’s latest solo tour that combines selections from Heart’s incredible four decades-long rock catalog (“Crazy On You,” “Barracuda” and “Alone” among them) with a carefully curated selection of covers such as The Who’s “The Real Me,” The Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels” and a chill-inducing rendition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put A Spell On You” that exemplifies just how well one of the best vocal ranges has stood the test of time.
“I chose the songs for completely selfish reasons,” Wilson says, admitting that getting a good night of sleep and regularly taking vitamin C has kept her instrument in shape. “When I was learning how to sing way back when, I was always doing other people’s songs so even today it doesn’t really matter to me if it’s something I wrote or something someone else wrote — if it’s a great song then I love performing it.”