Crack the Sky drops out; replaced by Heart spin-off
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:35

Popular band forced to cancel due to injury

by Bill Gates

    There was a moment last week when Heritage Fair entertainment chairman Bob Fogle feared he would have to stand on the main stage Friday at 8 p.m. and tell several thousand Crack the Sky fans  “Well, guess what ...”
    Depending on how well the word gets out, he may still have to deal with angry fans.
    Crack the Sky isn’t coming to the Heritage Fair, folks.
    The band had to cancel on June 19 due to an injury to one of its members.
    “They really left me hanging,” Fogle said. “I was really fortunate to replace them in a two-day span.”
    Friday night’s feature act on the Main (Shipway) Stage is now Heart By Heart, a “spin-off” band of the group Heart — of “Barracuda,” “Dreamboat Annie” and “Alone” fame.

Fogle said he had returned home on the evening of June 19 and got a phone call saying Crack the Sky might cancel.
    “I checked their website, and they had posted they wouldn’t be doing a couple of different gigs due to medical issues,” Fogle said.
    “Things happen. You can’t control all of that.”
    But now he had to fill an empty stage for a performance that was little more than a week away.
    So Fogle called his contact at Starleigh Entertainment, Tom Moon, who hooked Fogle up with Heart By Heart.
    So, again, if you’ve read this far and still aren’t clear on the message: Do not show up Friday night expecting to see Crack the Sky.
    Instead, you will see a band that sounds remarkably like Heart.
    (A group that only has 20 Top 40 singles, seven Top 10 albums, and has put albums and singles on the Billboard charts in the 1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s and 2010s. So Heart by Heart will still probably be worth listening to, even for diehard Crack the Sky fans.)
    Heart By Heart calls itself a “spin-off” of Heart because it includes bassist Steve Fossen, one of Heart’s co-founders, and original Heart drummer Mike Derosier.
    Both men are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    That original Heart lineup disbanded in 1982 (although it has reformed around lead singers Ann and Nancy Wilson several times since then).
    Fossen and Derosier decided to form Heart by Heart in 2008 along with vocalist Somar Macek.
    According to the band’s website, the decision was made in order to see Heart songs performed by a new band “done right.”
    The new band eventually added guitarist Randy Hansen, backup vocalist and guitarist Lizzy Daymont and keyboardist Bob Rivers.
    Heart By Heart performs Heart’s hits from the 1970s and 1980s, including “Straight On,” “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Alone,” “Dog and Butterfly,” and “There’s the Girl.”
    “I think people will like this band,” Fogle said. “They sound just like Heart.
    “I had a few anxious moments [after Crack the Sky cancelled]. But it happens. I’ve been there before. But I’ll tell you, I don’t like being there.”