[Cover photo courtesy of Ann Wilson]
Rock mainstay and Heart vocalist Ann Wilson has announced her latest album, Fierce Bliss for April 29th, 2022, via Silver Lining Music. Lead single “Greed” has also been released to give us a sense of what’s to come. The album artwork comes from the mind of fantasy artist Roger Dean, who aside from his work in fantasy art is also renowned for his Yes sleeve artwork. Wilson will also soon be hitting the road with her new band.
Wilson introduces “Greed”:
‘Greed’ is that thing in our animal nature that makes us want MORE. Whether it be money, sex, power or ecstasy, it fires our craving! It happens with all of us. When you turn around and catch yourself making decisions because you want the money, or because you’re caught in the headlights of glory, well, those are greedy moments. I think people who claim to have made every decision from a root of pure idealism, and never done anything dark or greedy, is lying. I think everybody who ventures into especially the music industry hoping for a career with big success, ends up making these Faustian bargains at some point even if only briefly. It’s an aggressive song and I think I write best when I’m angry.
A meeting with veteran ‘artist’s lawyer’ Brian Rohan in Summer of 2020 provided the catalyst for Fierce Bliss’s creation, according to Wilson, since Rohan recommended Nashville musicians Tom Bukovac and Tony Lucido and meeting with them inspired Wilson to work on a new album. Working on the album “took on a life of its own”. Bringing in other collaborators completed the album in a very natural way with a mixture of original songs, covers, and collaborations. Covers include Queen’s “Love of My Life” and Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs”.
Ann Wilson comments on sharing many personal experiences via the songs on Fierce Bliss:
I think that for someone who’s been through as much as I have, and has lived to tell the tales, it’s okay to share my experiences. I’ve heard from a lot of younger musicians and listeners too who have thanked me for staying around and for just keeping upright, just making it through, making the concessions once but not twice, and being able to live through it all with dignity.
‘AN EVENING WITH ANN WILSON OF HEART & THE AMAZING DAWGS’ Tour will kick off on February 19th at Family Gras in Metairie, LA, with more dates to be announced soon.
FEB 19 – Metairie, LA – Family Gras
MAY 4 – San Francisco, CA – Great American
MAY 5 – Napa, CA – The Uptown Theatre
MAY 7 – Pala, CA – Pala Casino
MAY 9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
MAY 10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
MAY 13 – Los Cabos, MEX – Hard Rock
JUNE 11 – Peachtree City, GA – Fred Amphitheater
JUNE 13 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
JUNE 14 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
JUNE 16 – Tampa, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
JUNE 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Parker