Rock trailblazer Heart reunites for a world tour and a new song

(19 Apr 2024)
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Los Angeles – 18 April 2013
1. (L-R) Nancy Wilson and Ann Wilson
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nancy Wilson/Recording artist – on comforting power of music:
"Music is definitely a force to be reckoned with. It’s sort of bigger than all of us put together. I mean, it’s something that is so healing at times. You can turn to it like a best friend, like a confidant, or a partner, and get strength and even energy. If you’re trying to work out, you put your music on – suddenly I can work out better. There’s something completely magic going on with music."
3. Various, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ann Wilson/Recording artist – on comforting power of music:
"Singing of course is a physical act of transcendence. Whoo – but it is. But when I was younger, like the hard years of junior high school, middle school and all that, the worst years of your life – there’s some song that you think is your life. The person is talking to you. And it’s very confidential. It’s like that person singing is your confidant. They’re going ‘Oh, it’s OK.’ That’s so good. It’s worth the trip to do it and to listen to it, to pay attention."
5. Wide Nokia Theatre, site of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ann Wilson/Recording artist: "We’re still just Ann and Nancy now."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nancy Wilson/Recording artist: "I feel like I got into the cool ball team, you know like we got into the team, we’re on the team or something. Because it’s a bunch of great players. And people who are already in the Hall of Fame are some of our biggest influences."

++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++

STORYLINE:
Heart — the pioneering band that melds Nancy Wilson’s shredding guitar with her sister Ann’s powerhouse vocals — is hitting the road this spring and fall for a world tour that Nancy Wilson describes as “the full-on rocker size.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who gave us classic tracks like “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You” and “Alone” will be playing all the hits, some tracks from of their solo albums — like Ann Wilson’s “Miss One and Only” and Nancy Wilson’s “Love Mistake” — and a new song called “Roll the Dice.”

The tour kicks off Saturday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, and will hit cities including Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Detroit, as well as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. International dates include stops in London, Oslo, Berlin, Stockholm, Montreal and Glasgow.

The band’s Royal Flush Tour will have Cheap Trick as the opening act for many stops, but Def Leppard and Journey will join for three stadium dates in Cleveland, Toronto and Boston this summer.

Ann and Nancy Wilson will be filled out by Ryan Wariner (lead and rhythm guitar), Ryan Waters (guitars), Paul Moak (guitars, keyboards and backing vocals), Tony Lucido (bass and backing vocals) and Sean T. Lane (drums).

The tour is the first in several years for Heart, which was rocked by a body blow in 2016 when Ann Wilson’s husband was arrested for assaulting Nancy’s 16-year-old twin sons. Nancy Wilson says that’s all in the past.

The Wilson sisters broke rock’s glass ceiling in the ’70s and Nancy Wilson says they only had male influences to look to, like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Moody Blues.

Heart has made it into the Rock Hall, won Grammys, sold millions of albums and rocked hundreds of thousands of fans but Nancy Wilson has one place she’d still like to shine.

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