Heart Begins ‘Love Alive’ Reunion Tour

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Five months after announcing their first tour in years, Heart began the “Love Alive” tour on July 9 with an 18-song set of band favorites and well-chosen covers. While they’re not calling it a reunion, the “Love Alive” tour is Heart’s first since 2016. Sisters Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson had some family issues to work out and the sisters had taken a sabbatical from the classic rock band that they lead.

The setlist at the opening night performance at the Hollywood Casino & Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Missouri (near St. Louis) naturally featured the Heart hits “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda” and “Crazy on You.”

Watch them perform “Barracuda” on opening night

The concert also paid homage to the sisters’ love of Led Zeppelin, with a performance of “The Battle of Evermore,” as well as covers of Marvin Gaye (“I Heard it Through the Grapevine”), Pink Floyd (“Comfortably Numb”), and even Simon and Garfunkel (“The Boxer”).

Watch the “The Battle of Evermore” on July 11 in Tinley Park, IL

On February 10, we wrote that it appeared that the Wilson sisters were reuniting as Heart. The group announced their return to the road on February 11 with a cross-country summer tour. Several weeks before it began, the band added 11 shows to the tour, with dates now well into October. See the full itinerary with purchase links below.

They’re being joined by an all-female lineup of classic rock stars including Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlile.

Related: Ann and Nancy Wilson performed on stage together on March 7, 2019

Since Feb. 6, the group’s Twitter account and Facebook page had 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

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.”

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

Watch the official tour announcement

Related: Our 2017 interview with Nancy Wilson

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.

On Feb. 6, the group’s social media pages began 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 (Tickets are available here and here)

7/12 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
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
9/20 – Las Vegas, NV – I Heart Radio Music Festival @ T-Mobile Arena
9/26 – Wantagh, NY ^ – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre
9/27 – Newark, NJ ^ – Prudential Center
9/28 – Toledo, OH ^ – Huntington Center
10/1 – Little Rock, AR ^& – Verizon Arena
10/2 – Tulsa, OK – Bok Center
10/4 – Memphis, TN ^& – FedEx Forum
10/5 – Lafayette, LA ^ – Cajundome
10/7 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
10/8 – Kansas City, MO ^& – Starlight Theatre
10/12 – Milwaukee, WI ^& – Fiserv Forum
10/13 – St. Paul, MN ^& – XCel Energy Center

+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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  5. Jack Harper
    #5 Jack Harper 11 June, 2019, 16:53

    No mention of the band members on this tour. I was hoping to see Mark Andes on bass. He is currently touring with Firefall.

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