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the city interview

Ann Wilson, possessor of one of the most bombastic voices in rock, is soft spoken on the phone. Maybe she’s nursing her voice from a recent performance, maybe she’s been doing press interviews all day, but you have to lean into the phone to hear her. When you do hear that familiar voice though, you get tingles. The singer (and, frequently, writer) of some of the biggest songs to come out of rock music, her resume of hits reads like a jukebox in a biker bar. “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You,” “Alone,” and “Bad Animals,” are just a few of the songs that have kept Wilson a major draw on the tour scene from the late ‘70s and onward.

Best known as the lead vocalist for Heart, a band she fronted with lead guitarist and sister, Nancy, Ann is doing her own thing right now. Family drama has split up the act (for the time being), but Wilson has the recognizable pipes you’ll be expecting if you head down to her show at the Centennial Terrace on Thursday, August 10.

We couldn’t wait that long, and neither should you. We asked Ann a few questions about what she does best— here’s what she had to say:

Have you ever played Toledo before?
I remember the first time we played there, I was walking around in the street. I think we went shopping. It was really cold and bitter.

You were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How was that experience?
It was a cool night. It was quite an honor as you can image. For one night, you get to be queen for a day. And then the next day, you go back to work.

How did Chris Cornell end up being the one to induct you?
I think that the Rock Hall went and solicited him and asked him if he wanted to do it. They always try to come up with someone who’s a really big fan who’s well known, or who they feel just applies to your type of work. It was cool though.