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Heart says key to summer tour was all about the setlists

Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic via Getty Images
Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic via Getty Images

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart couldn’t be more thrilled at how the band’s recently-wrapped “Love Alive” tour went down, which followed a three-year hiatus from the Hall of Famers. The trek featured alternating special guests Sheryl Crow and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts — along with openers Elle KingBrandi Carlile, and Lucie Silvas.

Blabbermouth.com posted a Q&A with the Wilson’s, in which Ann said that the band felt the need to cover all eras of the band’s career this time out, explaining, “It was important that we played to our early stuff just as much as our radio hits. Songs like ‘Rockin’ Heaven Down,’ ‘Mistral Wind,’ ‘Love Alive,’ ‘Little Queen,’ and ‘Dog And Butterfly,’ were in balance with the radio hits like ‘Magic Man,’ ‘Crazy On You,’ ‘Barracuda,’ ‘These Dreams,’ and ‘Alone’. We did only a very few covers that spiced up the set and honored our solo sides: ‘Your Move’ by Yes, ‘The Boxer’ by Simon & Garfunkel, and ‘Stairway To Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin. This mix was very important to show what this band can do now. I feel this was the best all the Heart songs have been played ever. They took on power, weight and meaning in 2019.”

Nancy added: “The set list for this tour was the key to the tour. Fan favorites and new versions of the classics kept it fresh and surprising. . . Coming back together this time felt not only sweet, but more relevant than the past few tours. We had renewed inspiration to play together after the long absence and we both brought along some new inspirations from our solo ventures.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is Heart‘s latest live collection, Live At The Royal Albert Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • The tracklisting is: “Magic Man,” “Heaven,” “Dreamboat Annie,” “What About Love,” “I Jump,” “Sweet Darlin,'” “Two,” “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “Beautiful Broken,” “Mashallah!,” “Silver Wheels / Crazy On You,” “Sand,” “No Quarter,” “Barracuda,” and “Kick It Out.”

FAST FACTS

  • In April 2017, Ann Wilson‘s husband Dean Witter accepted a guilty plea to two counts of assault against Nancy Wilson‘s then-16-year-old sons. The incident took place on August 26th, 2016 backstage at the band’s show in Auburn, Washington, when Witter punched and strangled Curtis and Billy Crowe, the twin sons of Nancy Wilson and ex-husband Cameron Crowe.
  • According to seattlepi.com, Witter “pleaded guilty (on) March 9th, 2017 to two counts of fourth-degree assault. He received a suspended sentence of 364 days in jail, meaning he will not serve any time. His plea agreement includes restitution, two years of probation, counseling and no contact with his nephews.”

CHECK IT OUT: Heart on July 27th, 2019 performing “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”/”Straight On” live in Cincinnati: