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Aug

Ann Wilson - You Don't Own Me (Audio)

 
ANN WILSON of HEART, one of rock's most distinctive and powerful vocalists, has released "You Don't Own Me" as the second track from her new album that's due out September 14 on BMG. Fittingly titled IMMORTAL, the album features 10 musically diverse tracks that pay tribute to some of ANN's influences and friends who've recently passed and whose music poignantly lives on.
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Fri
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Jun

ANN WILSON Pays Homage On 'Immortal' Solo Album

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ANN WILSON of HEART, one of rock’s most distinctive and powerful vocalists, will release her new solo album September 14 on BMG, marking her debut for the label. Fittingly titled IMMORTAL, the album features 10 musically diverse tracks that pay homage to some of the singer’s favorite songs and artists, all of whom have passed away in recent years and whose music poignantly lives on (the full track listing is below).
 
For the new release, ANN has teamed with original Heart producer Mike Flicker (Dreamboat AnnieMagazineLittle QueenDog and Butterfly and Bebe Le Strange, among others). Look for the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee to perform some of the album’s songs when she tours North America this summer with Jeff Beckand Paul Rodgers for the “Stars Align Tour” (see below for full upcoming tour itinerary). The songs will also be featured in ANN‘s first-ever solo television special (details TBA), taped this past April at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL, to coincide with the album’s release.
 
ANN chose the album title IMMORTAL after revealing some working titles early on in the project. “The original working titles evolved as the concept for the album evolved; a little bit at a time,” explains ANN. “As my understanding of what I had undertaken grew and clarified, I realized a larger truth; that the souls may have departed but the songs will forever be their resonances. These are the poets of our time and their expressions must be handed down. Poetry is lasting and elemental like carvings in rock.“
 
The finely etched tracks that comprise IMMORTAL cover a lot of musical ground, with many highlights including songs by Leonard Cohen (“A Thousand Kisses Deep”), Amy Winehouse (“Back to Black”), David Bowie (“I’m Afraid of Americans”), Lesley Gore (“You Don’t Own Me”) and Tom Petty (“Luna”). ANN says the criteria for choosing this collection of songs was easy. “First of all, I had to LOVE them! They had to be songs I could get inside of authentically as a singer. Lyrics are important to me but the most important thing is always the marriage of words and melody that makes the song magic!”
 
With sexism at the forefront of the national conversation, ANN says this did factor into the inclusion of “You Don’t Own Me.” “‘You Don’t Own Me’ was originally an early feminist anthem in the 1960’s and ’70’s. Since then the idea of self possession has grown to be more universal…This song is about refusing to be objectified and owned. By anyone.”
 
IMMORTAL includes some very special guests as well. “Warren Haynes plays on Tom Petty’s ‘Luna’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me,'” ANN reveals. “Ben Mink is featured on Leonard Cohen’s ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’ and Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black.’ They are both musicians and great people whom I admire. It’s always a pleasure and an honor to work with them. Their souls shine through on these songs!”
 
Producer Mike Flicker brings an important element to IMMORTAL. “Mike was the first producer to believe in me,” ANN says. “He was my first teacher in the studio and knows how to provide that special support needed to bring out my soul in the recording process. It is exciting to work with him for the first time since 1980. I have traveled many, many miles since then but the old feeling is still there and fresh on Immortal. He has fearlessly helped me bring my ideas to life once again and it’s been a great collaboration.”
 
The IMMORTAL track listing is as follows:
 
“A Different Corner” (George Michael)
“A Thousand Kisses Deep” (Leonard Cohen)
“Back to Black” (Amy Winehouse)
“Baker Street” (Gerry Rafferty)
“I Am the Highway” (Chris Cornell, Audioslave)
“I’m Afraid of Americans” (David Bowie)
“Life in the Fast Lane” (Joe Walsh, The Eagles) in honor of Glenn Frey
“Luna” (Tom Petty)
“Politician” (Cream) in honor of Jack Bruce
“You Don’t Own Me” (Lesley Gore)
 
 
Wed
11
Jan

ANN WILSON of Heart Announces 2017 Solo Dates

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

ANN WILSON New EP Will Be Released Digitally September 18

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“THE ANN WILSON THING” ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ann Wilson is set to release her first solo EP, The Ann Wilson Thing, on Rounder Records. Featured tracks on the EP include “Fool No More,” which was written by Wilson and described by her as “a heavy blues song about bad love and the fleeting of time” and “For What It’s Worth,” described by Wilson as “a melding of some timeless lyrics with meat, hair and teeth.” The Ann Wilson Thing will be released digitally on September 18 and in stores October 9.
Wilson previously announced her first solo mini tour kicking off September 21 in Solana Beach, CA. Additional dates include The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on October 6 and a second show at City Winery in New York on October 7. Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris with be sitting in with Wilson at her Nashville City Winery date on October 15 and Jon Batiste, the band leader of the Colbert show, will join Ann for a song at the New York City Winery show.
In addition, Wilson’s Hartford, CT show at the Kate Hepburn Theater will be filmed by Connecticut PBS as part of their new “Kate Hepburn Series” and will air on PBS in February.
As a songwriter and lyricist, Ann Wilson 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, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing and with this intimate tour, she prepares to blow away her fans with up, close and personal, raw performances of blues and rock songs. The Ann Wilson Thing won’t replace Heart but it will be a new experience for existing Heart fans, as well as for new fans who will love these songs.
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Oct. 6
The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Hartford, CT
Oct. 7
City Winery (two shows)
New York, NY
Oct. 9
Rams Head on Stage
Annapolis, MD
Oct. 10
Rams Head on Stage
Annapolis, MD
Oct. 12
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
Oct. 13
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
Oct. 15
City Winery
Nashville, TN
Nov. 23
Yoshi’s
Oakland, CA
Nov. 24
Yoshi’s
Oakland, CA (two shows)
 
 
 
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