“There are no expectations, except whether I can pull it off,” she said. “At a Heart show, fans expect certain songs. If we don’t play ‘Magic Man,’ for instance, they walk away, disgruntled. All veteran bands that have been around for 40 years go through this. For this tour, I get the hardcore fans, or just people curious about what it is. There’s a full video program for every song. It’s a total experience, with hopefully great singing.”
Female-fronted hard-rock bands were unheard of when the Wilson sisters came up in the 1970s. Ann has often reflected on the struggles they faced at the time.
“It was really sexist in ways that wouldn’t be acceptable today,” she said. “Our major obstacle was finding credibility and players. They would see (my sister) Nancy playing guitar and not know what to do with that. So they just watched us for awhile. We kept showing up, and I guess they got used to us. But we really had to fight for it, so it drives me crazy when I see how much apathy there is today, people who don’t remember what the world was like before.”
Last summer there was a widely publicized altercation between Ann’s husband, Dean Wetter, and Nancy’s teen-aged children. As a result, Heart is undergoing an uncertain hiatus.
“(Heart) doesn’t have any plans at the moment,” Ann said. “We are on a walkabout. The solo tour will continue to nearly the end of the year. Then, my husband and I are going to travel and then come back home and just live and do other projects in our studio. That’s as far as I have it.”
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How to go
What: Ann Wilson of Heart
When: 6 p.m. Friday, May 26
Where: UC Health Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Ky.
More info: 859-594-4487 or www.florencefreedom.com