Heart Announce ‘Love Alive’ Reunion Tour

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One of many older images that have appeared on the group’s social media pages in Feb. 2019

On February 10, we wrote that it appeared that sisters Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson were reuniting as Heart. On Feb. 11, the news that their fans have been waiting for was formally revealed.

The group announced their return to the road with a cross-country summer tour, beginning July 9. They’ll be joined by an all-female lineup of classic rock stars including Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlile.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Feb. 15 here.

Since Feb. 6, the group’s Twitter account and Facebook page have posted a variety of pictures and classic songs, leading fans to believe that the sisters were planning to reunite after more than two years.

On February 10, a portion (29 seconds) of the video for the title cut from 2012’s Fanatic album appeared. Heart fanatics began to actively speculate about a reunion. (Watch the clip below.)

If that wasn’t enough, there was a countdown clock on the band’s website that implied that an announcement was coming on Monday, Feb. 11.

The ticking clock on Feb. 9, 2019 at Heart’s website

In the Feb. 11 tour announcement, Nancy Wilson said: “I could see it was time for Heart to have a break. We’d been slogging through tour after tour fairly nonstop and were starting to burn out a little bit. Things had just reached a heavy climax.

“Working with my other new band Roadcase Royale was a life-saver. Writing brand new songs playing shows and delivering a new album with them was the medicine my soul needed. Ryan Waters (who with Liv Warfield worked in Prince’s band) will be joining me on the Heart stage and I know that will inject a wonderful magic into the Heart equation.”

Ann Wilson added: “We come to this tour with fresh energy. It will be unlike any other Heart tour that has been. Some of the songs will be classic of course, but this tour will be a new animal.”

Watch their official announcement

In separate interviews late last year, the sisters indicated that they were back on speaking terms following a family squabble that went public.

When Ann Wilson announced on January 10, 2017 that she was doing a solo tour, it was attributed to a break from Heart, which the sisters have fronted since the early 1970s. Similarly, Nancy announced 10 days later that she had started a Roadcase Royale with several Heart members. She noted at the time: “Roadcase Royale is a side project and not a replacement for Heart.”

Turns out there was a lot more to the sisters’ separate paths in 2017. On April 14 of that year, it was revealed that Ann Wilson’s husband, Dean Wetter, received a suspended sentence for allegedly choking Nancy’s 16-year-old twin sons backstage at an August 26, 2016 Heart concert in Auburn, Wash. Wetters had pleaded guilty on March 9, 2017, to two counts of fourth-degree assault. His plea agreement with the court includes two years of probation, counseling and no contact with his nephews. Wetter did not have to serve jail time.

Roadcase Royale released an album in 2017 and has toured occasionally.

Related: Our 2017 interview with Nancy Wilson

Meanwhile, Ann Wilson had a busy 2018, touring with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers, and releasing a solo album, Immortal.

Related: We asked Ann Wilson who she regretted never recording with

For roughly a year – from June 2017 to June 2018 – Heart’s Twitter account was dormant. (Their Facebook page was inactive for nine months.) Then in the fall, a series of tweets promoted the Jan. 25, 2019 release of Live in Atlantic City in various formats of a concert the band did in 2006 that originally aired on VH1 Decades Rock Live.

Ever since Feb. 6, the group’s social media pages have been posting images of the sisters, alone and together, from over the years. Then on Feb. 10 came the 29-second video of “Fanatic.”

Heart “Love Alive” 2019 Tour Dates

7/9 – St. Louis, MO +& Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/11 – Chicago, IL +& – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/14 – Toronto, ON +# – Budweiser Stage
7/16 – Montreal, QC +# – Centre Bell
7/17 – Mansfield, MA +# – Xfinity Center
7/20 – Hartford, CT +# – Xfinity Theatre
7/21 – Saratoga Springs, NY +& – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/23 – Bangor, ME +# – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/24 – Gilford, NH +# – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/26 – Darien Center, NY ^# – Darien Lake Amphitheater
7/27 – Cincinnati, OH # – Riverbend Music Theater
7/29 – Bethel, NY +# – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/30 – Syracuse, NY +# – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
8/1 – Burgettstown, PA ^# – KeyBank Pavilion
8/2 – Camden, NJ ^# – BB&T Pavilion
8/4 – Cleveland, OH ^# – Blossom Music Theater
8/5 – Detroit, MI ^# – DTE Energy Music Pavilion
8/7 – Indianapolis, IN ^# – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
8/8 – Nashville, TN ^# – Ascend Amphitheater
8/10 – Raleigh, NC ^# – Coastal Credit Union Music Park
8/11 – Virginia Beach, VA ^# – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/13 – Columbia, MD ^# – Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/14 – Charlotte, NC ^# – PNC Music Pavilion
8/16 – West Palm Beach, FL # – Coral Sky Amphitheater
8/17 – Tampa, FL ^# – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
8/19 – Atlanta, GA %# – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
8/20 – Birmingham, AL %# – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/22 – Houston, TX ^# – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/23 – Dallas, TX # – Dos Equis Pavilion
8/25 – Albuquerque, NM ^# – Isleta Amphitheater
8/27 – Chula Vista, CA ^# – North Island Credit Union Amphitheater
8/28 – Phoenix, AZ ^# – Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/30 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
8/31 – Denver, CO ^# – Pepsi Center
9/3 – Portland, OR ^# – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
9/4 – Tacoma, WA ^# – Tacoma Dome
9/6 – Concord, CA ^# – Concord Pavilion
9/8 – Las Vegas, NV ^ – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
9/9 – Hollywood, CA ^# – Hollywood Bowl

+with Sheryl Crow
^with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
&Lucie Silvas opening
#Elle King opening
%with Brandi Carlile

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  1. Navarro
    #1 Navarro 10 February, 2019, 18:27

    Ann and Nancy are going to tour as Heart, but not with the Heart band. They are using Ann’s solo band and letting go of rhythm section and drummer of 25 years who happened to follow Nancy after Ann’s husband assaulted her kids. They may be touring under the Heart brand, but the whole situation still smells really bad.

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  2. Jim
    #2 Jim 11 February, 2019, 08:55

    I am happy if they together together in any format. I love this band and would love to see them get over their differences, no matter how difficult it might be. It would be a shame to not include the players that have been with the band over the majority of their years together.

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  3. K-Mac
    #3 K-Mac 12 February, 2019, 06:53

    I have news for BCB and anyone else thinking of going to Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in ‘Chicago, IL’: That ‘amphitheater’ is NOT in Chicago. It is in Tinley Park and is one of the worst venues ever to see a concert. Unless you are in the front section of the Pavilion, the acoustics are terrible, lines are long for overpriced booze, and the location is inconvenient for anyone who doesn’t live near there. It has been changing hands and names for decades now. Someone has to enlighten these musicians that think this is an acceptable venue to showcase their work. There are numerous better outdoor places like Northerly Island (in CHICAG0), or Ravinia in Highland Park.

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  4. Gregorio
    #4 Gregorio 12 February, 2019, 12:34

    So very glad to hear of this reunion tour! Hopefully there has been complete healing, restoration and reconciliation between all relationships concerned. Life is too short to allow estrangement.
    I do feel that it is unfortunate that they are not touring with the regular Heart band. However it will be great to see Ann and Nancy together back up on stage to ” Kick It Out!”

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