Ann Wilson Calls A Nikki Sixx Song ‘Idiotically, Essentially Simple’

During a recent appearance on Billboard’s Behind the Setlist podcast, Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson talked about what drove her to cover Nikki Sixx‘s ‘Permission’ on her show at the Neptune Theatre in 2021.

Ann Wilson has always enjoyed bringing new life and energy to some classic songs. Her first two solo studio albums, ‘Hope & Glory’ and ‘Immortal,’ were cover albums in which she performed very well-known songs from Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Chris Cornell. Her latest album, ‘Fierce Bliss,’ again included cover songs, but there was also some original material.

Her interest in covers has not been just limited to albums, though. The Heart singer has performed covers also some of her shows. During a recent podcast, Ann Wilson talked about the setlist of her concert at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, Washington, on October 13, 2021. Besides some Heart songs, her setlist included covers from John Lennon, The Who, Jeff Buckley, and surprisingly Sixx:A.M., Nikki Sixx’s side project with DJ Ashba and James Michael.

Wilson covered the Sixx:A.M. song, ‘Permission,’ which appeared on the band’s 2007 debut album, ‘The Heroin Diaries.’ When asked why she chose to cover this intense song, the singer replied that she liked that song due to its simplicity. The song tells the story of an addicted person who wants to heal. They realize at some point that they need self-permission to do that. Ann Wilson likes this simple message behind the song, and that’s why she chose it alongside the other covers.

Speaking on covering ‘Permission,’ Ann Wilson said:

“I like this song. It is taken from the Sixx:A.M. album called ‘The Heroin Diaries.’ It deals with the monster of addiction. In this song, the person wants to get well and they want to heal. They figure out the only way to do that is by giving them self-permission to change. That’s why I like the song. It is just so idiotically, essentially simple. You can’t do it unless you want to. Nobody can tell an addict that they should quit being an addict. They have to decide for themselves when they are going to stop, so permission is needed. That is what the song is based on.”

You can listen to the entire podcast and Wilson’s cover below.