Life After 50: Heart Kicks Off Royal Flush Tour with Cheap Trick

Heart, the loveable Seattle sisters who have rocked us all these years with classics from "Barracuda" to "Crazy On You," are back on the road with their familiar riffs and soaring vocals.

Last year the women celebrated the band's 50th anniversary. And yet when you hear Ann Wilson's piercing delivery and Nancy's guitar playing it's like from the Dog & Butterfly era.

But Ann admitted on stage last week that she may need to sit down from time to time thanks to a recent knee surgery.

Then, in a very rock n roll way, said to the crowd, "Who's had a knee replacement? Come on!" who cheered, affirmatively.

As they've done throughout their fruitful career, Heart plays many of their hits from the '70s and '80s, delivers a few of the best Zeppelin covers you'll hear, and then add in something unexpected.

On 4/20, at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in South Carolina, the opening night of the Royal Flush Tour, there were a few nice surprises. The first was "This Is Now," a song from Ann's sideband, Tripsitter, which had only been played three times previously.

They also covered the 1983 David Bowie bop "Let's Dance," which they did a few times at the end of last year, perhaps to test out for this tour?

Perhaps the most special moment was when during an acoustic mini-set they played the title track of Dreamboat Annie, something they haven't performed live since 2016.

Any time you can score a flute solo at a rock show, that's a good day.

The pairing of Heart, the Seattle songbirds with Cheap Trick, the Rockford rockers, dates way back. On April 18, 1981 the pair appeared on the same bill alongside UFO, Blue Oyster Cult, and another band not afraid to whip out their metal woodwind, Firefall.

The Tangerine Bowl is now called Camping World Stadium

The sisters, now in their 70s, will be touring the world this year so you have no excuse not to catch them and the rest of Heart, Ryan Wariner, guitar; Ryan Waters, guitar; Paul Moak, guitar; Tony Lucido, bass; and Sean Lane, drums.

Grab your tickets on the Heart website. And get there early.

In the US, Cheap Trick, who also celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, will flick guitar picks at you while singing "Dream Police," while supporting Heart.

In the UK, Squeeze will pull sorta gross seafood from shells while they open.

Heart 2024 Tour Dates:
04/20 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena ^
04/22 – Savannah, GA @ Enmarket Arena ^
04/25 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live
04/26 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena ^
04/28 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05/01 – San Antonio, TX @ Frost Bank Center
05/03 – Thackerville, OK @ Lucas Oil Live at WinStar World Casino and Resort
05/04 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center ^
05/07 – Indianapolis, IN @ Gainbridge Fieldhouse ^
05/10 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena ^
05/11 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center ^
05/13 – Baltimore, MD @ CFG Bank Arena ^
05/15 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center ^
05/17 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena ^
05/18 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center ^
05/21 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena ^
05/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena ^
05/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live
06/20 – Dessel, BE @ Graspop Metal Meeting
06/22 – Berlin, DE @ UberEats Music Hall ^
06/24 – Stockholm, SE @ Grona Lund ^
06/25 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall ^
06/27 – Oslo, NO @ Tons of Rock Festival
06/30 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
07/01 – London, UK @ The O2 %
07/03 – Birmingham, UK @ Utilita Arena Birmingham %
07/05 – Nottingham, UK @ Capital FM Arena %
07/06 – Manchester, UK @ AO Arena %
07/08 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena %
07/09 – Glasgow, UK @ OVO Hydro %
07/11 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal – Club ^
07/12 – Weert, NL @ Bospop Festival
07/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Progressive Field #
08/01 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre ^
08/02 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre #
08/05 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park #
08/07 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre ^
08/08 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre ^
08/10 – Albany, NY @ MVP Arena ^
08/11 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center ^
08/13 – Cincinnati, OH @ Heritage Bank Center ^
08/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum ^
08/16 – Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
08/18 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
08/21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena ^
08/23 – Charleston, WV @ Charleston Coliseum ^
08/24 – Knoxville, TN @ Thompson Boling Arena at Food City Center ^
08/27 – Norfolk, VA @ Scope Arena ^
08/28 – Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair
09/17 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center ^
09/20 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center ^
09/22 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^ = w/ Cheap Trick
# = w/ Journey and Def Leppard
% = w/ Squeeze

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Last updated: 21 Jun 2024, 23:49 Etc/UTC