Love Alive tour begins for Heart

Rock Hall of Fame inductees Heart, officially kicked off their ‘Love Alive’ tour with a performance in St. Louis last night. The Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy Wilson, had been estranged for a couple of years, but old wounds have healed and the band was on fire.

The band opened their set with “Rockin’ Heaven Down” from its 1980 albumBebe le Strange.’ While much of their newer was not heard (the most recent track was 1993’s ‘Back to Avalon,’ with the exception of the 2016 Ann Wilson solo track “Anguish.”), the show did hit on classic points of the band’s varied catalogue, as material from six other LPs were included.

Another aspect that has always been part of Heart’s live shows, was the inclusion of cover songs. Last night the band threw in tunes by Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel and Yes. They closed the show two of their biggest hits, which coincidentally were also covers, “What About Love,” originally recorded by Toronto, and  “Alone” by I-Ten.

The St Louis show marked Heart’s first headlining show in three years. The band had been on hiatus dating back to 2016 as the Wilson sisters spent the next few years working on solo projects.

Heart announced the ‘Love Alive’ tour — named after a song from their 1977 album ‘Little Queen — in February. At the time of the tour’s announcement, Nancy said, “I think the tour will spark some positive new energy as we rediscover some of our iconic songs and also some fan favorites,” She added, “Calling the tour Love Alive was something Ann and I felt instantly good about. We have always had many love-themed mottos along the way like ‘Love Rules,’ ‘Love Wins,’ ‘Love Is It’ – and, of course, it’s a very cool song as well.”

For this tour, they are being joined by Joan Jett, Sheryl Crow, Elle King and Brandi Carlile at various dates.

Heart, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, St. Louis, 7/9/19 Set List
1. “Rockin’ Heaven Down”
2. “Magic Man”
3. “Love Alive”
4. “Dog and Butterfly”
5. “Heard it Through the Grapevine”
6. “Straight On”
7. “The Boxer”
8. “Comfortably Numb”
9. “Back to Avalon”
10. “These Dreams”
11. “Your Move”
12. “Anguish”
13. “Mistral Wind”
14. “Crazy on You”
15. “Barracuda”
16. “What About Love”
17. “Alone”


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