Ann Wilson Announces 2017 Solo “Ann Wilson of Heart” Tour Dates

Now here is an interesting tour for sure, and especially if you love the music of the band Heart as their incredible lead singer Ann has just announced a string of solo performances. I’ll let the press release give you the full on scoop but don’t worry I’ll return after the commercial break ?

The Press Release:
ANN WILSON has announced her 2017 20-date solo tour. The ANN WILSON OF HEART cross-country trek kicks off Tuesday, March 8 at the Moore Theatre in WILSON’s Seattle hometown before moving onto Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Englewood, NJ and New Orleans, among other cities. Tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, January 13. See the itinerary below and view the trailer here.

“The stage is a magical place where I can be beautifully in and out of control, where I can build a fire and then jump into it,” says the esteemed and pioneering Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend who’s known for her force-of-nature vocals. “The stage is where I have always lived; where I’ve expressed my deepest emotions and supreme joys.” ANN continues: “I suppose I am addicted to it. I’ve never been much good at talking, but I can sing, and when I sing I connect with people in a much deeper, higher way.”

What will fans experience at these shows? “People can expect the unexpected in 2017,” ANN says. “A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production…The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart.”

Musicians on board for the ANN WILSON OF HEART tour include Craig Bartock on guitar (Heart member for a dozen years, who also performed in the Ann Wilson Thing for two years) from San Francisco; Andy Stoller on bass (the Ann Wilson Thing member for two years) from Seattle; Denny Fongheiser on drums and percussion (Heart member in the 1990’s for two years) from Los Angeles. The name for the upcoming tour, explains ANN, “is to give people a point of recognition; to help people understand who I am and where I came from.”

The ANN WILSON OF HEART dates follow the release of HEART’s critically acclaimed 2016 BEAUTIFUL BROKEN album and summer headlining tour with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick, along with HEART solo shows before and after. “Heart is always evolving, changing,” says ANN. “It is a living organism. Right now it’s in a cocoon of metamorphosis, and we will see what emerges when the time is right.”

Look for ANN to continue to announce more ANN WILSON of HEART tour dates. Here is the current itinerary:

The Tour Dates:
3/8: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
3/10: Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
3/12: Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
3/14: Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
3/15: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
3/16: Salina, KS @ Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts
3/18: Lake Charles, LA @ Golden Nugget
3/19: New Orleans, LA 2 House of Blues
3/21: Wilmington, NC @ Cape Fear Community College Theatre
3/22: Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
3/23: Greenville, SC @ Peace Center for the Creative Arts
3/25: Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/26: Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
3/29: Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
3/30: Westbury, NY @ The Westbury Theater
4/1: Peekskill, NY @ Paramount Hudson Valley
4/2: Londonderry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
4/4: Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
4/6: Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
4/7: Providence, RI @ Park Theatre PAC

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m not sure how this ended up being the case for me but despite loving so much of the bands original catalog I’ve only ever caught them once in concert and that was only a few years ago when they toured as support for Journey. I’d love to catch Ann doing her solo thing since she hasn’t seemed to lose an ounce of melody in her superpowered register but sadly she isn’t bringing this tour to my immediate vicinity for me to be a part of or even cover. I’ll cross my fingers for a second leg if this goes according to her plans. I wondered what you readers think about it though, will you be attending and are you a fan at all? You can let me know what you think down in the comments section below.

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