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Heart’s Ann Wilson brings solo show to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce


Ann Wilson’s soaring soprano was one of the voices that defined rock music through the 1970s, as her Seattle-spawned band Heart pre-dated that city’s heralded grunge movement by nearly two decades.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, Heart’s ’70s hits included “Crazy On You,?” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Heartless,” “Dog & Butterfly,” and “Straight On,” some of which Wilson will perform when her current Ann Wilson of Heart solo tour stops at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday and the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce on Sunday.

That induction came 40 years after the formation of Heart, which rose to prominence with the remaining lineup of guitarist/vocalist Nancy Wilson (Ann’s younger sister), lead guitarist Roger Fisher, guitarist/keyboardist Howard Leese, bassist Steve Fossen, and drummer Michael Derosier. When that sextet performed together at the 2013 ceremony for the first time since 1979, it proved a long-overdue celebration for the trail-blazing group — which started out in an era far removed from today, when female rockers are much more prominent.

“Back when we started, the music industry was a whole different animal,” says Wilson, now a Floridian, by phone from her home in the suburbs of Jacksonville. “There really didn’t seem to be a role for women other than in disco or folk music back then. We started out doing rock, and now there are so many more women doing it that it’s not even unusual anymore. I’m pleased not to even have to think about that now. I think everyone is.”

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