Ann Wilson is putting Heart aside again for a minute this spring to take her Ann Wilson Thing on the road.
The 20-date theater tour begins March 8 in Seattle and wraps April 7 in Providence, R.I., with Wilson joined by Heart guitarist Craig Bartock and bassist Andy Stoller as well as former Heart drummer Denny Fongheiser.
The set list will include material from her three Ann Wilson Thing EPs, including both covers and originals, and Wilson tells us that having the Thing on the side has impacted the way she sings with Heart now:
"The Ann Wilson Thing impacted my vocals big time because I've been able to go out and do other types of things outside of the Heart box, and it's really helped me open back up 'cause after years and years and years of redoing these same songs over and over and over you need to broaden your horizon, so it really did help me. It does help me. It's an ongoing thing."
Among the songs Wilson has covered with the Thing are favorites by Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, the Animals and Aretha Franklin.
The full tour itinerary includes:
March 8 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
March 10 - Berkeley, CA - UC Theatre
March 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
March 14 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
March 15 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
March 16 - Salina, KS - Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts
March 18 - Lake Charles, LA - Golden Nugget
March 19 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
March 21 - Wilmington, NC - Cape Fear Community College Theatre
March 22 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
March 23 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center for the Creative Arts
March 25 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
March 26 - Annapolis, MD - Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
March 29 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
March 30 - Westbury, NY - The Westbury Theater
April 1 - Peekskill, NY - Paramount Hudson Valley
April 2 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
April 4 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
April 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theatre
April 7 - Providence, RI - Park Theatre PA
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.