Ann Wilson of Heart has just rolled out 13 new solo shows for this spring and summer. Wilson, who’ll once again be backed by her band the Amazing Dawgs, has just dropped a new cover of the Eurythmics‘ 1986 hit, “Missionary Man,” which will be featured on Wilson’s upcoming solo set, Fierce Bliss, which is set for release on April 29th.
Guitarworld.com posted Wilson talking about the new album, explaining, “I had originally intended to go in, record a few songs and see what I had, but it just took on this life. (Then) at Sound Stage in Nashville, Kenny Wayne Shepherd came in and played on a couple songs. He was a whole other influence coming in. He just played his butt off, and with the gospel singers and everything else coming together, the whole project just started to grow.”
Ann Wilson told us that she’s confident that fans are open to see her forge new creative paths beyond Heart’s legendary work: [“I think that artists are just people, and once you go over the same old ground enough times, you just wanna stray off on a tributary a little bit. Hopefully it’s something that really does represent you, so that people will recognize you enough to give you a chance (laughs). I think it’s really important for artists to lead the way and to, at least, give people a chance to hear something new. We’re not just going over the same ground endlessly (laughs). It’s gotta be new.”] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . gotta be new)
UPDATED: Ann Wilson of Heart & The Amazing Dawgs tour dates (subject to change):
May 4 – San Francisco, CA – Great American
May 5 – Napa, CA – The Uptown Theatre
May 7 – Pala, CA – Pala Casino
May 9, 10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
May 13 – Los Cabos, Mexico – Hard Rock
May 16 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
June 11 – Peachtree City, GA – Fred Amphitheater
June 13, 14 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
June 16 – Tampa, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
June 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Parker
June 24 – Joliet, IL – ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium
July 30 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest
- Heart‘s Ann Wilson has just dropped a new cover of the Eurythmics‘ 1986 hit, “Missionary Man.”
- The album’s cover for Ann Wilson‘s Fierce Bliss is by legendary artist Roger Dean, best known for his string of prog rock album art — most notably on Yes‘ legendary collections.
- Fierce Bliss features Vince Gill guesting on Wilson’s cover of Queen‘s “Love Of My Life.” Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is also featured on the album, which includes several co-writes with Gov’t Mule‘s Warren Hayes.
- Although Ann Wilson does tackle such Heart classics as “Crazy On You,” “Barracuda,” “Alone,” and “What About Love” in concert, her solo sets have primarily been made up of covers — including the Who‘s “The Real Me,” Yes‘ “I’ve Seen All Good People,” the Black Crowes‘ “She Talks To Angels,” Peter Gabriel‘s “Don’t Give Up,” and the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s “Manic Depression,” among others.