Heart's Ann Wilson Reveals She's Three Years Sober
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Heart's Ann Wilson Reveals She's Three Years Sober
Among the revelations in Heart's upcoming autobiography, Kicking And Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul And Rock And Roll, is that Ann Wilson battled alcoholism and is celebrating three years sober. Although Wilson chose to go cold turkey, entered into therapy, and avoided any 12-step programs, she told Ultimate Classic Rock, that having a clear head made the music on the group's upcoming album, Fanatic, come together, revealing, "(It's like) the effect of kind of lifting a tarp off of me, creatively. I was having so much trouble writing songs and just coming up with ideas when I was still drinking. Once I stopped, and have been going through this whole process of recovery and everything, it's just as if the tarp has come off and I'm just more aware."
She went on to add: "It's all about mindfulness and being aware that the very reason why you drink is to protect yourself from all of these things that hurt and in the meantime, you protect yourself from everything good too. So it really has helped a lot."
Ann said that when she and sister Nancy Wilson started compiling Heart's new box set, Strange Euphoria, there was no committee of management, label heads -- or even friends -- that had input on the way the collection ended up: "Well, the interesting thing is that we've never thought of Heart as sounding like anything in particular. Y'know, we've always had a way that we've gone about doing our music; it's been outside forces that have said, 'Well, this is what Heart is supposed to sound like.' So on this box set, we don't even address what people outside of the Nancy and Ann world think. Y'know, we've got this together ourselves, there's just no outside influence on this, really." 
UPDATED: Heart tour dates (subject to change):
September 7 - Blackfoot, ID - Eastern Idaho State Fair Grandstand
September 9 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
September 10 - Puyallup, WA - Puyallup Fair at Western Washington Fairground
September 11 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Festival at Britt Pavilion 
September 14 - Hutchinson, KS - Kansas State Fair Grandstand
September 15 - Catoosa, OK - The Joint at Hard Rock Casino / Tulsa
September 16 - Carterville, IL - Walkers Bluff Winery
October 3 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre 
October 5 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid-Hudson Civic Center
October 6 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods - 
October 7 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion (with Alejandro Escovedo)
October 9 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre 
October 10 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount 
October 12 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre 
October 13 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center 
October 14 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre 
November 2 - Saint Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
November 7 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre 
November 9 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
November 10 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Northeast Exchange Club's Ribfest at Vinoy Waterfront Park
November 13 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall 
November 14 - Richmond, VA - Landmark Theater 
November 16 - Robinsonville, MS - Harrah's Event Center At Harrah's Casino Tunica
November 17 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live Biloxi
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