Ann Wilson’s heart is still in music
ROCHESTER — There have been some big changes for Ann Wilson, the voice of most of the Heart catalogue.
Ann and her Heart bandmate and sister, Nancy, will both be in Rochester this year, but they will not be sharing the same stage. Ann will headline a solo performance on Sunday at The Kodak Center Main Stage on Ridge Road, Nancy will be in town in September opening for Bob Seger.
Ann and Heart are one of the most popular bands to come out of Seattle, and pre-dated the grunge bands that dominated the charts in the 1990s. Ann has not only left Heart, she has moved away from the city she called home for many years.
“My husband I are both from Seattle, but as the years have gone by, we found the weather more challenging, and we found a place in Florida that was really nice and we could enjoy the weather and the scenery,” Wilson said during a recent phone interview. “We don’t necessarily agree with some of the political philosophies espoused here (laughs), but we live in place we don’t encounter it much.”
Leaving Seattle is one thing, stepping away from Heart, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and huge concert draw, is another. Tensions between Ann and Nancy have been well chronicled, but Ann hardly seems to feign sincerity when she discusses the real reason she is out on the road as a solo artist.
“I knew I just needed to take a break from it because I felt like I was wasting my time, so I decided to do a solo thing and see where it takes me.
“It was numbing for me. At my age, I don’t want to be wasting time on a treadmill, I just really want to be doing stuff and live life the way I want to. It got to the point where every night was one classic rock tour package after another where, if you tried to change the meat and potatoes hit set list, people would get upset, promoters and fans.”
Wilson’s solo set opens with a cover of The Who’s “The Real Me,” which Ann states is “not an anti-Heart thing, it’s a pro-me thing.”