ANN WILSON has extended her in-progress and acclaimed ANN WILSON OF HEART tour with a second leg of dates running from May 19-July 2.  The iconic vocalist will make tour stops in ChicagoSan DiegoPhoenixDallas and Atlanta, among other cities.
“Expect to see some Heart songs, amazing covers, and new songs that I’ve written,” said ANN recently in an interview with WHAT’S UP? MAGAZINE (Maryland).  “They’ll see things that really influenced me and they’ll see me stretching out as a singer and improving, hopefully.”  She went on to explain her song selections for the tour to OFFBEAT (Louisiana): “I just stretch out, try stuff…Cool lyrics.  Tender, human lyrics. Meaningful for the times…It’s cool to find some things that really represent how I feel now.”
 Photo credit: Jess Griffin
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; and Dan Walker on keys.
ANN‘s musical gifts are legendary. Throughout her career, she has created a truly impressive body of work (“Crazy On You,” “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On,” “Even It Up,” “Mistral Wind,” and many more).  However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing. Her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power and sheer musicality. It has inspired legions of great singers, across every genre of music.
Here’s some early critical praise of the ANN WILSON OF HEART tour
“[The evening] proved nothing short of spectacular. The two-set lineup included her dynamic solo work, Heart classics and exceptional covers. And Wilson’s delivery was thrilling. It seemed to be a very personal, almost storytelling concert that spanned her expansive career and influences. It wasn’t a Heart show, but it was a rock show.”
“This was an amazing show. Ann’s voice was complete gold as always! She is Seattle’s rock daughter and always will be. There is no one like her and there never will be anyone who can replace her…This is a show you don’t want to miss!”
“Wilson is performing an epic combination of iconic rock covers, combined with recently released solo material along with reworked versions of a handful of Heart’s biggest hits.”
MARTINEZ TRIBUNE, 3-11-17 (SF Bay Area)
“Ann Wilson is doing her own thing, which ranges from Heart songs to cover songs & what an amazing job!  Wilson sounds & looks amazing…”
“Unforgettable Heart classics and a mix of covers, Wilson immersed both heart and soul into these re-inspired arrangements and backed by a solid band…Her voice filled the room, mixed way out front, showing off her incredible prowess and ability to sing just about anything.”
“Ann Wilson of Heart truly possesses one of the most captivating voices on the planet, one which was in rapturous display on one magical night at The Wiltern in Los Angeles…Combining Heart songs, selections from The Ann Wilson Thing, and influential covers, Ann Wilson and her band unveiled a thoroughly bewitching evening of tunes that set the imagination in flight…In addition to Ms. Wilson’s powerful performance and superbly fascinating story telling between songs, her band was in top form featuring some of the very best musicians in the business…”
ANN WILSON OF HEART‘s current tour itinerary is as follows:
Wed 3/29 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Thu 3/30 Westbury, NY The Westbury Theatre
Sat 4/1 Peekskill, NY Paramount Hudson Valley
Sun 4/2 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Tue 4/4 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Thu 4/6 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
Fri 4/7 Cranston, RI Park Theatre PAC
Fri 5/19 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Casino
Sun 5/21 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
Tue 5/23 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Fri 5/26 Florence, KY UC Health Stadium
Sun 5/28 St. Louis, MO River City Casino
Wed 5/31 Dallas, TX Bomb Factory
Thu 6/1 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theater
Sat 6/3 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Pavilion
Sun 6/4 Houston, TX Arena Theatre
Tue 6/6 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
Thu 6/8 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.