The Love Alive tour follows a three-year hiatus that had cast doubt about the band's future.
Some wondered if it would ever happen. But on Monday, Seattle rock greats Heart announced they are reuniting for their first tour together in three years.
Led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will hit the Tacoma Dome on Sept. 4, with tickets on sale to the general public 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Primo seats through Ticketmaster’s “Official Platinum” program go on presale beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, while a separate presale for Citi cardholders begins 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Along their anticipated 39-city Love Alive tour, Heart will be joined by several heavy-hitting women in rock, including Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Elle King for the Tacoma stop. (The now-ubiquitous Brandi Carlile, one of the stars of last night’s Grammy Awards show, joins the Wilsons on a few select dates outside the Northwest.)
The Love Alive tour is Heart’s first since family tension stemming from an incident at a Seattle-area concert created uncertainty around the band’s future.
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“I could see it was time for Heart to have a break,” Nancy said in a news release. “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.”
In 2016, Ann’s husband, Dean Stuart Wetter, was arrested at the band’s White River Amphitheatre concert on investigation of assaulting Nancy’s two teenage sons. Wetter later pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in a deal that spared him jail time and required that he have no contact with the teens. Though Heart finished that tour, the Wilson sisters have since done their own things, Ann touring as Ann Wilson of Heart and Nancy playing with Roadcase Royale, featuring Liv Warfield and Heart members Ben Smith, Dan Rothchild and Chris Joyner. Roadcase Royale’s ace guitarist Ryan Waters will also join Heart on tour.
“Both Nancy and I have stretched our wings in life these last three years,” Ann said in the announcement. “We’ve both lived and loved. We have breathed and traveled and experienced life. We come to this tour with fresh energy and oxygen.”
Last month Heart released a star-studded concert album, “Live in Atlantic City,” featuring Alice in Chains, Duff McKagan, Carrie Underwood and others.