'I'm in it for love,' says Ann Wilson of Heart
The powerhouse vocalist behind “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda” is bringing her raspy, soprano voice to the Beehive State.
Ann Wilson, the lead singer for the rock band Heart, gained widespread popularity in the 1970s for her equally widespread vocal range. With lead guitarist and younger sister Nancy Wilson by her side, the sister-duo formed one of the first female-driven hard rock bands, according to their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame page.
Yet, as Wilson prepares for her two performances in Utah — one on June 26 at the Kenley Amphitheater in Layton and the other at the Sandy Amphitheater on June 27 — she makes it extremely clear that her shows represent a significant break from Heart.
“This is not a Heart show, the singer told the Deseret News. “So don’t expect to see the total Heart set. It’s still rock. It’s still beautiful ballads and cool, kickin’ rock songs. I do about four Heart songs that have been reimagined, some new songs I’ve written in the last year or so, and some outstanding, incredible covers that I love that really inspire me.”
Wilson kicked off her solo tour “Ann Wilson of Heart” in her Seattle hometown in March. The tour extends throughout the summer and is a manifestation of her own music preferences, with the inclusion of songs such as The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up.”
But there’s also a symbolic element to the tour as it seems to forge a new path for Wilson.
“The main purpose (of the tour) is for me to stretch out and get to do something different, and begin to lead the evolution of Heart into cooler waters,” she said. “I’m doing exactly what I want to do, and it’s been so fun. We’ve been getting a fantastic response.”
Wilson’s move away from her Heart roots isn’t completely unanticipated. The singer told Rolling Stone magazine in a recent interview that as of a few years ago, she and her sister “no longer had a shared vision for what (they) wanted for Heart.”