Ann Wilson of Heart Sandy June 27, 2017 Sandy Amphitheater
When someone from a well-established band heads out on a solo tour, two things can happen. Seeing them solo is not the same and you wish the whole band was there, or you get to see a new side of this artist and it’s an entirely different experience altogether. I found the latter to be the case with Ann Wilson of Heart.
I was able to catch Ann at her second Utah show in as many nights (Night one was in Layton), at the beautiful Sandy Amphitheater. I must say, in recent years the Sandy Amphitheater has really become one of the better venues in the Salt Lake Valley. There isn’t a bad seat in the venue, and they have continued to improve their summer lineup year after year while keeping a light and easy atmosphere. The staff I engaged with were extremely friendly and kind as well.
I will admit that it was a little weird at first to see Ann walk onstage without her sister and Heart counterpart Nancy Wilson beside her. But that was really the only time I thought about it. Ann sent the message loud and clear that this wasn’t a Heart concert. Of course, Ann mixed some of our favorite Heart songs into the set. Songs like, “Barracuda”, “Crazy on You”, and my personal favorite “Alone” to name a few. I imagine the best part about touring solo is having the freedom to be creative with the set, and these songs. Ann didn’t allow herself to be tied to the expectations that might come with a Heart show. When fans see Heart in concert, they want to hear the song performed in a certain way. But with this show, Ann was able to do some creative and interesting versions of the Heart songs she performed. I thought it was refreshing to hear these songs in a new way.