by Amy Harris
Freshly-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers play Riverbend Saturday
Heart introduced a fresh, rebellious sound in the early
1970s when a particular voice was truly needed. That timeless voice
belonged to singer Ann Wilson. In a time when the female frontwoman was
just gaining steam, Heart found their identity in theirs. To this day
Wilson embodies the band’s sound and message. She helped make it
possible for generations of others to find their voice in Rock &
The band's legacy was celebrated on a grand scale this
year when Ann, her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, and the rest of the
Heart family were inducted into the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame with the likes of fellow legendary groups Rush and Public
CityBeat had the privilege of speaking with the
legendary vocalist in advance of Heart's performance Saturday at
Riverbend Music Center. Audiences can anticipate hearing classics like
“Barracuda” and "Crazy on You," as well as fresh music off of the 2012
album Fanatic, which nicely continues the Heart legacy. Don’t
miss the finale with Jason Bonham (opening the show with his Led
Zeppelin tribute) joining them on stage.
CityBeat: What was the highlight of your Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction this year?
Ann Wilson: The highlight of my (RRHOF) induction
this year was standing beside Nancy at the podium. That was a feeling of
great pride I will never forget.
CB: What is the most number of days you have gone without playing music?
AW: I have gone months sometimes without playing a guitar, but never a day goes by where I don't sing.
CB: What does your ideal day look like these days?
AW: Sleep in late, have a great pilates/yoga
workout, hang out with my kids and their kids, cook dinner, meditate,
sleep with my dog nearby.
CB: If you could trade places with someone for a month who would it be and why?
AW: I guess I couldn't do that. I don't envy anyone else that much!
CB: You have seen music recording formats
change from vinyl and 8-track to cassette, CD and MP3 through the
years. Do you feel like music sounds better or worse with the use of
AW: Music definitely sounds worse to my ears
because of digital technology. There is a hard, brittle sound to it.
Analog music sounded warmer and deeper, though maybe not as " perfect."
Auto-Tune makes me crazy because it removes all individuality from a
person's voice. Everyone ends up sounding anonymous. The imperfections
are where the soul is, I say leave them in. Leave in the humanity.CB: How did the latest tour come about with Jason Bonham? Any favorite tour stories from the current tour?
AW: Many people saw the Kennedy Center Honors show
on TV or YouTube and loved the tribute to Led Zeppelin. The management
was listening and everyone agreed it would be a beautiful idea. We've
only done two weeks so far, and it's been amazing. No train wrecks yet!
CB: Do you journal or take photos over the years with special tour memories. How do you document your stories and memories?
AW: We record every night and have photographers on
sight. Occasionally I will blog, but I am usually pretty wound up after
a show. Maybe this will be the year I take up a journal. A person can't
count on their memory forever!!
CB: Does it ever get tough being on the road with family? How have you handled it for so many years?
AW: Yes, the road is rough. Traveling and
performing together takes a lot out of you and sometimes things do get
emotional. We are lucky to have each other for support. I don't know how
I would have made it all these years without Nancy's love, strength and
sense of humor!
CB: Are you working on new music while on the road?
AW: My head is full of new songs at the moment.
CB: What can fans looks forward to when the tour hits Cincinnati?
AW: The show in Cincinnati will open with Jason
Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Next will be the heart show, after
which there will be a finale consisting of about 30 minutes of Zeppelin
songs with Jason Bonham and (Bonham's guitarist) Tony Catania joining
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We are two weeks into summer and there
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