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Ann Wilson finding liberation in solo shows: ‘There’s not 40 years of Heart baggage there’


Heart vocalist Ann Wilson is playing back-to-back shows in Utah next week, at the Kenley Amphitheater in Layton on Monday night, then at the Sandy Amphitheater on Tuesday.

Not Heart the band. Just "Ann Wilson of Heart."

After an incident this past August in which Ann Wilson's husband, Dean Wetter, was arrested for assaulting the teenage sons of Nancy Wilson (Ann's sister and Heart's guitarist) and ultimately pleaded guilty to two nonfelony charges, Heart is on indefinite hiatus, and the sisters are doing their own thing.

"We have played in Utah a bunch, and people always receive Heart well there," Ann Wilson said in a phone interview with The Tribune. "I guess we'll just see in the moment how they respond to me without Nancy."

While the circumstances behind the split are obviously troublesome, Wilson has maintained that episode was also simply the most visible flashpoint in a relationship already fraught by the sisters' disagreements over the band's future.

As a result, going out on tour by herself has afforded her a certain level of creative freedom she said is simply not there in the confines of the band.

"Fundamentally, it's different in that we don't have the same expectations put on us. I can do basically whatever I want. There's not 40 years of Heart baggage there," Wilson said. "Nothing against Heart, but it just feels really good to stretch out and wander free for a while."

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