Heart to perform at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday
Heart’s “Love Alive Tour” will be making a stop at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines on Monday night.
The name of the tour is a take on the titular track from its 1977 sophomore album “Little Queen.”
Led by sisters Ann (69) and Nancy (65) Wilson, Heart has been a hard rock staple on the music scene since its 1973 formation. Known for hits such as “Crazy On You,” “Even It Up,” “What About Love,” “These Dreams” and more, Heart has seen mainstream success, commercial decline, a hiatus, a comeback, side projects, controversial family drama and reformations throughout its four-plus decade career.
Born in California and raised in Seattle, the Wilson sisters grew up obsessed with music, especially Led Zeppelin. By the age of 10, Nancy had become a burgeoning future guitar virtuoso while older sibling Ann developed a powerful set of pipes.
In the band’s infant stages, they first found success over the border in and around Vancouver, Canada area before becoming popular in the United States and then globally. The band saw their hard work pay off when they released their debut album “Dreamboat Annie” in 1975, featuring current live staples “Magic Man” and “Crazy on You.”
This was still a time when seeing female rockers made people do a double-take, but their groundbreaking success paved the way for more female-fronted rock bands.
During the late seventies, Heart started to achieve mainstream success with the hit song “Barracuda” from 1977’s sophomore album “Little Queen,” while also releasing “Magazine” the same year. Following an appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone and performances at the monstrous California and Texas Jams in 1978, along with the release of the double-platinum “Dog and Butterfly,” the band rode out the ’70s in grand fashion.
At the start of the ’80s, Heart released “Bebe le Strange” to massive success, spawning the horn-laden hit “Even It Up,” followed by “Private Audition” in 1983, featuring “This Man Is Mine.” The band were all over MTV at the time with huge budget videos for “What About Love,’ “Never” and “These Dreams” from 1985’s self-titled album. “Bad Animals” was released in 1987, featuring the No.1 hit “Alone,” which also became a massively-popular MTV video and further propelled the band’s successful status into the ’90s.
At the beginning of the decade, their 10th studio album, “Brigade,” became the band's sixth multiplatinum LP and earned the highest-charting album in the UK. However, after 1993’s “Desire Walks On” failed to reach the success of the band’s previous albums, the Wilson sisters briefly put Heart on hold and formed a new group called The Lovemongers.
The sisters reformed Heart in 2004 and released its comeback album, “Jupiters Darling,” which received high critical praise. The band hasn’t looked back since.
However, in 2016 the Wilson sisters were in a family squabble over a well-publicized legal matter that transpired that caused some tension between the Wilson families. Thankfully, the two sisters have since reconciled and are currently wrapping up the summer/fall "Love Alive Tour" trek.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be opening the show at the Well at 7 p.m.
If you go
What: Heart with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
When: Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., Des Moines
Ticket information: $30.50 - $351