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Wilson’s voice still can wow crowds


WARREN — It took the audience and Ann Wilson awhile to warm up to each other Saturday at Packard Music Hall.

It has to be disheartening as a performer to look out on a less than half-full theater, which is what greeted the lead singer of Heart on this date of her solo tour. And the response from the audience seemed muted early on, even as Wilson was delivering her take on Heart hits like “Baracuda,” “Crazy on You” and “What About Love.”

But as the show continued, those ovations lengthened and swelled, and Wilson was beaming. Only the promoter left unhappy.

Saturday’s concert was wholly satisfying … as long as audience members knew what to expect or were willing to abandon their expectations.

This wasn’t a Heart tour without sister Nancy or even a tour that heavily pushed the solo material Wilson has recorded as The Ann Wilson Thing.

There was some of that, but most of the set was one of the most magnificent voices in rock exploring songs that are special to her and seem special for today.

“We’re going to be fellow explorers,” Wilson said.

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