The long wait is over — with Heart reuniting after a three-year hiatus plagued by family issues for a massive 39-city summer trek, dubbed the “Love Alive” tour. The summer run takes its name from the band's 1977 track from their classic Little Queen album. Joining the Heart on tour will be alternating special guests Sheryl Crow and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts — along with openers Elle King, Brandi Carlile, and Lucie Silvas.

Nancy Wilson talked about hooking back up with big sister Ann after taking some time apart from each other and the mighty machine of Heart: “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 lifesaver. Writing brand new songs playing shows and delivering a new album with them was the medicine my soul needed.”

Ann Wilson, who's also been in the studio and on the road as a solo act added: “Both Nancy and I have stretched our wings in life these last three years. We’ve both lived and loved. We have breathed and traveled and experienced life. We come to this tour with fresh energy and oxygen. 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.”

Nancy Wilson went on to say, “I think this year is a good year to show the collective impact of some powerful women in music. We would usually steer clear of the female-centric concept, but in the light of current events it seems like the right statement at the right time.”

Ann Wilson explained it was really a no-brainer selecting the support slots for the upcoming “Love Alive” dates: “Sheryl and Joan we have known for a long time. We have hung out and appreciated each other’s music onstage and off. Brandi Carlile is a fresh and authentic artist that we both love. . . and Elle King is my favorite new artist. She has so much soul and attitude! We are so thrilled to host all these artists on the tour.”

She went on to shed light on hitting the boards and delivering the band's classic hits to the masses, explaining, “It feels good to see people's eyes light up when we play one of the classic songs they know and love. I always wonder how a song like 'Crazy On You' hits the mind and soul of a 17-year-old in 2019. . . they seem to be as into it live as everyone else. When I think of the connection we continue to have with our very diverse audience, I am deeply grateful and always amazed!”

Nancy Wilson told us why no matter what decade or the age of the fan, a Heart show will always deliver: “It's authentic live music with no added prerecorded or auto tuned vocals or tracks blended in. No bells or whistles, smoke or mirrors. I think in many ways that's a whole new thing for young kids who love music and they know the difference and appreciate it. It's completely real.

For Ann Wilson going through the motions with Heart simply isn't an option: “Y'know, Heart was started back in the '70s in an atmosphere of super high ideals, and about it being real and about it being, y'know, authentic. So, I really don't want to see it get to a point of being numb or automatic, or just a cash cow, y'know? That's just immoral to me.”

We asked Nancy Wilson what the real impetus is for her and sister Ann to keep recording and touring as Heart: “Maybe it's fear of the bank (laughs) I don't know. Fear of working at the bank? Fear of the real world? I think we're pretty well versed how to do okay in the real world, but you're not necessarily prepared to live in the real world either when you've done this all your life. So I think continuing to do this it (laughs) is a pretty good idea (laughs).”

JUST ANNOUNCED: Heart tour dates (subject to change):

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

Source: Pulse of Radio