Heart Announce First Tour in Three Years After “Nightmare” That Almost Ended the Band
The last we heard from Heart was in 2017, when sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson hadn’t spoken to each other in almost seven months after Ann Wilson’s husband was arrested for assaulting Nancy Wilson’s twin sons backstage at a show after they didn’t close the tour bus doors behind them. Even after the arrest, they continued the remainder of the tour that they were on, but in a Rolling Stoneinterview after the fact, both parties described that experience as “excruciating” and “complete hell.”
But it seems that the family members have made up, and today Heart have announced their first tour in three years, without addressing the controversy that made them go on hiatus in the first place at all. In a Q&A that was included in the press release announcing the tour, both sisters basically pretended like the event didn’t happen.
“Yes, I could see it was time for Heart to have a break,” Nancy Wilson said. “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.”
That’s as close as she gets to alluding to the “nightmare,” instead going on to talk about her new band Roadcase Royale, which she’s toured with over the last few years.
Meanwhile, Ann Wilson was busy touring under the name Ann Wilson of Heart. Here’s all she had to say: “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.”
Their new “Love Alive” Tour will kick off in July and take them through September, and they’ll be joined at different points by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Elle King, and Lucie Silvas. More info and tour dates can be found here.
A version of this article originally appeared on Stereogum.