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HEART “Love Alive” Summer Tour: Critical Acclaim And Live Photos

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The Love Alive” tour by HEARTANN and NANCY WILSON–is crisscrossing the country, along the way attracting packed audiences and earning critical acclaim. Having kicked off July 9, it marks the band’s first tour in three years and was recently extended, now wrapping October 13. ANN and NANCY are backed by Craig Bartock (guitar), Dan Walker (keyboards), Denny Fongheiser (drums and percussion), Andy Stoller (bass) and Ryan Waters (guitar) for these shows hitting (among other cities) Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Denver and Los Angeles (the historic Hollywood Bowl) before wrapping October 13.
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Produced by Live Nation, the massive trek by the trend-setting, multiple-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legends includes a stellar line-up with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts joining the majority of shows. The first leg of the tour includes Sheryl Crow (who wrapped in July), Brandi Carlile, Elle King and Lucie Silvas as special guests. See the full itinerary and details below for a breakdown of which shows these artists will be appearing on the shows. HEART has partnered with REVERB for this tour, to reduce the environmental footprint of the events while also engaging fans in local and national causes each night in the concourse. For more information, visit REVERB.org.
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Read an interview with ANN and NANCY here.
Here’s some critical feedback from the LOVE ALIVE tour:
“…The rock ‘n’ roll of Heart is still beating…performed with renewed vigor…the women sounded exceptionally great throughout.”
–Kevin C. Johnson, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (Maryland Heights, MO), 7/10/19
“…Power-ballad ‘Alone’ and the crowd-rousing ‘Barracuda’ capped off the night, confirmed what was already plainly obvious: any way you cut it, Heart still rocks. Hard.”
–T’Cha Dunlevy, MONTREAL GAZETTE (Montreal, Quebec), 7/17/19
“The recently reunited Heart confidently re-claimed their throne in front of more than 20,000 fans on Sunday night at the Blossom Music Center in Akron, Ohio.”
–Matthew Wilkening, ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK (Cuyahoga Falls, OH), 8/9/19
“Heart…was in excellent form for their return to Darien Lake last Friday night…Ann Wilson’s rock goddess pipes remain impressive…Her sister sang harmony throughout (along with the rest of the band), repeatedly nailing down the blended sound of their voices that’s essential to their musical signature. Nancy also sang lead and switched to mandolin for a run through 1985’s wistful ‘These Dreams.’ Overall, Heart still projects a powerful sound…the hiatus seems to have imbued the Wilson sisters with renewed sense of purpose.”
–Christopher Treacy, BUFFALO RISING (Darien, NY), 7/30/19
“Heart’s performance onstage was empowering and entertaining, leaving many fans with-pun intended-heavy hearts when the show ended.”
–Mary Galkowski, ST. LOUIS MAGAZINE (Maryland Heights, MO), 7/10/19
“The encore was one of the best I’ve seen in a while. ‘Barracuda’ rocked the roof off. But it was the band’s biggest hit, ‘Alone,’ that capped the night. The slowed-down version of this power ballad was something else. Ann’s stunning vocals are unmatched by anyone in the business. The heart and soul of the lyrics in this song were brought to surface. It was an amazing moment and something I can cross off my bucket list.”
–David T. Farr, STURGIS JOURNAL (Grand Rapids, MI), 7/20/19
“The rejuvenated Heart started with the surprise of “Rockin’ Heaven Down” for the first time in at least three decades, sounding in line with the group’s prime. That trend continued on the gasoline-doused “Magic Man,” along with spectacular versions of oldies as unrelated as Yes’ “Your Move,” Motown’s regularly shared “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.”
–Andy Argyrakis, CHICAGO CONCERT REVIEWS (Tinley Park, IL), 7/11/19
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“A revitalized Heart wasted no time dropping fan favorites ‘Rockin’ Heaven Down’ and ‘Magic Man,’ the latter of which highlighted Nancy Wilson’s sultry syncopated strums. Soon, “Straight On” represented the first ‘Dog & Butterfly’ song of the night–the album’s title track and ‘Mistral Wind’ also made welcome appearances during the performance–providing each Wilson sister with a platform to showcase their distinct styles and the many ways they effortlessly bob and weave together. Nancy’s flower child energy, shrouded in a mysterious aura, juxtaposed Ann’s unflinching command of center stage, a sly smile fixed on her face each time she stepped towards the microphone.”
–Laurie Fanelli, EPONYMOUS REVIEW(Tinley Park, IL), 7/12/19
“…they still sound every bit as good as they did back in the ’70s and ’80s. Actually, I’m convinced that they’re ageless rock goddesses who will always sound exactly the same and have all the energy they always have had-because their talent seems to keep them young no matter how much time goes by.”
–Angelina Singer, BOSTON SPORTS DESK(Mansfield, MA), 7/18/19
“Appearing onstage to the hard rock classic ‘Rockin’ Heaven Down,’ which quickly veered into their famously lusty ‘Magic Man,’ Ann Wilson sang with a thunderous voice that could’ve out-roared Indycar, which had happened throughout the weekend nearby. Over four decades her voice’s raunchy, raw force remains undiminished and chill-inducing. Guitarist and some-time vocalist Nancy’s presence was equally felt as she pounded on her guitar and swung her mass of blond, wavy hair around like flag.”
–Chaka V. Grier, NOW TORONTO (Toronto, ON), 7/15/19
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“Ann still sounds amazing and Nancy still plays and sings as well as ever, and yes, it is still magic when these two side by side on stage. The band is already tight and the sisters seemed to pick up right where they left off. As this tour gains momentum, I’m confident it will only get better…This tour delivered on every level–production, sound, quality performance, it was all in place. I did not see or hear one single disappointed concertgoer on this night. The bottom line is that Heart still delivers an amazing rock-and-roll show well worth your time and I highly recommend seeing these two icons if you have the chance.”
–Keith Brake, THE TELEGRAPH (Maryland Heights, MO), 7/11/19
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DATE
CITY VENUE
Tue 8/13 Columbia, MD ^# Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 8/14 Charlotte, NC ^# PNC Music Pavilion
Fri 8/16 West Palm Beach, FL # Coral Sky Amphitheater
Sat 8/17 Tampa, FL ^# MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
Mon 8/19 Atlanta, GA %# Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Tue 8/20 Birmingham, AL %# Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Thu 8/22 Houston, TX ^# Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Fri 8/23 Dallas, TX # Dos Equis Pavilion
Sun 8/25 Albuquerque, NM ^# Isleta Amphitheater
Tue 8/27 Chula Vista, CA ^# North Island Credit Union Amphitheater
Wed 8/28 Phoenix, AZ ^# Ak-Chin Pavilion
Thu 8/30 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
Sat 8/31 Denver, CO ^# Pepsi Center
Tue 9/3 Portland, OR ^# Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Wed 9/4 Tacoma, WA ^# Tacoma Dome
Fri 9/6 Concord, CA ^# Concord Pavilion
Sun 9/8 Las Vegas, NV ^ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
Mon 9/9 Hollywood, CA ^# Hollywood Bowl
Thu 9/26 Wantagh, NY^ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Fri 9/27 Newark, NJ^ Prudential Center
Sat 9/28 Toledo, OH^ The Huntington Center
Tue 10/1 Little Rock, AR^& Verizon Arena
Wed 10/2 Tulsa, OK* BOK Center
Fri 10/4 Memphis, TN^& FedExForum
Sat 10/5 Lafayette, LA^ CAJUNDOME
Mon 10/7 Des Moines, IA* Wells Fargo Arena
Tue 10/8 Kansas City, MO^& Starlight Theatre
Sat 10/12 Milwaukee, WI^& Fiserv Forum
Sun 10/13 St. Paul, MN^& Xcel Energy Center
 
*non-Live Nation show
+with Sheryl Crow
^with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
&Lucie Silvas opening
#Elle King opening
%with Brandi Carlile
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About HEART:
When Ann and Nancy Wilson formed HEART, the idea of two women leading a rock band was still groundbreaking. From the moment 1976‘s Dreamboat Annie was released, they became stars. With hits like “Magic Man,” “Crazy On You,” “Barracuda,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” and “These Dreams,” the band became one of the biggest hit-makers in the seventies and eighties selling more than 35 million records. In 2012, their memoir Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll became a New York Times bestseller, and in 2013 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Photo credit: Kimberly Adamis

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