The ultimate woman of rock Ann Wilson explores Heart, samples solo and takes chances on covers
Whether she’s fronting Heart or stretching out on her own, Ann Wilson is one of the most distinctive and celebrated women in all of rock. No, make that one of the genre’s ultimate voices of any gender, a fact she repeatedly hammered home alongside four supporting musicians at a comfortably crowded House Of Blues.
Wilson wet everyone’s appetite with The Who’s “The Real Me,” but then wasted no time consecutively tackling a trio of Heart mega-hits. The snarling “Barracuda” and the buzzing “Crazy On You” found the rugged end of Wilson’s voice coming across as if little time had passed since the 1970s, though she was equally at home with the more sensitive side of a deconstructed “What About Love.”