Credit: Norman SeeffHeart‘s Ann Wilson says her famous band is “in a cocoon of metamorphosis” and has announced plans for a 2017 solo trek that will take her across the U.S. The “Ann Wilson of Heart” tour features 20 confirmed dates, kicking off March 8 in her hometown Seattle and running through an April 7 show in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Other major cities the tour will visit include Los Angeles; Denver; New Orleans; Charleston, South Carolina; and Annapolis, Maryland. Tickets will go on sale starting this Friday, January 13.
According to a trailer promoting the trek, Wilson will be performing Heart classics, cover songs by some of her favorite artists and material from her solo releases at the concerts. The description seems similar to the shows Wilson played during the last couple of years with her side project The Ann Wilson Thing. Her backing band for the solo outing features guitarist Craig Bartok, a member of both Heart and The Ann Wilson Thing; Ann Wilson Thing bassist Andy Stoller; and drummer/percussionist Denny Fongheiser, who played with Heart during the 1990s.
“People can expect the unexpected in 2017,” Ann says of the solo tour. “A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production…The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life.”
As for the status of Heart, Wilson notes, “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.”
News of Ann’s solo trek comes on the heels of her sister, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson, announcing that she’s launching a new side project called Roadcase with singer Liv Warfield of Prince‘s group The New Power Generation, and three other Heart members.
Here are all of Wilson’s confirmed solo 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, 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 — Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
4/7 — Cranston, RI, Park Theatre PAC
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