VANCOUVER, BC – 2011 marks the 35th anniversary of Heart’s debut record Dreamboat Annie. Heart’s groundbreaking album was recorded in Vancouver, B.C., where they lived at the time, and was first released in Canada.
Today, Heart announces that they are coming home to Canada in 2011, with their first coast-to-coast Canadian tour in three decades. With a 20-concert run starting on January 28 in St John’s, NL and ending in their Canadian hometown of Vancouver, BC on February 26, Heart at last fulfills a long held desire to play for their Canadian fans in every region of the country on one tour. As Ann and Nancy put it themselves: “Heart had its musical genesis in Vancouver and as artists Canada has always been our spiritual home. Canadians love to rock and we are happy to be bringing Heart as it is now back to Canada. It's like Heart is coming home.”
On August 31, 2010, Heart released Red Velvet Car, their first new studio album in six years. Produced by Vancouver-based Grammy winning producer Ben Mink, Red Velvet Car entered the Billboard 200 best-selling album charts at #10, becoming the seventh Top 10 album of the group's career. Released on Eagle Rock Records in Canada and on Sony Legacy in the United States, the critically acclaimed new album reached #1 in sales on Amazon.com on Sunday, September 4.
The critical response to Red Velvet Car has been universally ecstatic. "The barracudas are back and at the top of their game," wrote Rolling Stone (September 2, 2010) while USA Today (August 25, 2010) called the album "Intimate, intense and anchored by Ann’s powerhouse vocals and Nancy’s aggressive acoustic guitar...." The New York Times (August 4, 2010) found Red Velvet Car "aggressive, delicate and enduring" while the Los Angeles Times noted that "Thirty-four years after the band's debut, Heart's dreamboat sails on."
Over the course of their remarkable career, Heart has sold over 30 million albums and had 22 Top 40 hits. In America, their current AC single “Hey You” has been in the Top 30 for three months, while their classic rock single, “WTF” hovers near Top 10.
Over the past decade, Heart songs have achieved ubiquity in pop culture in films (Shrek 3, The Dilemma), television (American Idol, Glee, Dancing with the Stars), commercials (Honda, Swiffer), and videogames (Rock Band, Guitar Hero), as well as in performances by other top artists (Eminem, Fergie, Gretchen Wilson, et al).
They were 2008 recipients of VH! Rock Honors, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Grammy Foundation and received ASCAP’S award for Excellence in Songwriting in 2009.
Heart is coming home, Coast to Coast in Canada, in February 2011.
Heart Comes Home - Canada Tour 2011
Tickets On-Sale November 5
January 28 St. John’s, NL Mile One Centre
January 29 Corner Brook, NL Pepsi Centre
February 1 Charlottetown, PE Charlottetown Civic Centre
February 2 Moncton, NB Moncton Coliseum Complex
February 3 Halifax, NS Halifax Metro Centre
February 5 Montreal, QC Place des Arts
February 7 Ottawa, ON Civic Centre Theatre
February 8 Kitchener, ON The Centre in the Square
February 9 Hamilton, ON Hamilton Place
February 11 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
February 12 Kingston, ON K-Rock Centre
February 14 Sudbury, ON Sudbury Arena
February 17 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
February 18 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place
February 19 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
February 21 Grande Prairie AB Crystal Centre
February 22 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
February 24 Prince George, BC CN Centre
February 25 Kamloops, BC Interior Savings Centre
February 26 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Centre