Heart by Heart took the main stage at the 23rd Hempfest at Myrtle Edwards Park on Sunday. You could feel, and smell, the excitement in the air. Total attendance for the weekend was estimated at 250,000. Sunday afternoon at 5 the weather was perfect, and the crowd was packed tightly as far as the eye could see. After Somar Macek belted out a blazing set that included “Magic Man”, “Alone”, “Crazy On You”, “Mistral Wind”, and “Barracuda”, the crowd would not let the band leave the stage. Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” was the encore. The crowd was in a frenzy, and guitarist Randy Hansen did something we’ve never seen him do before: he launched his guitar into the air towards the audience.
It was a gift… the ultimate souvenir. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Bassist Steve Fossen and Drummer Mike Derosier were all smiles afterwards. This show capped off a week of 6 performances that included record breaking attendance at two city festivals. The Taste Of Edmonds and Snoqualmie Railroad days had their largest crowds ever, and the band also played three private gigs for a little airplane company they call Boeing.
Watch the schedule on this website for upcoming shows at The Point Casino, and The Historic Everett Theater. Check out the pictures below. A sample from this wild week. See if you can spot Randy’s flying guitar.
The story of Heart By Heart must begin with the formation and success of the band Heart from the early 1970s to the early 1980s. Co-founding member and bassist Steve Fossen, together with drummer Mike Derosier and the rest of the group, wrote and performed hits such as Magic Man, Barracuda and Crazy On You. They continued performing for millions of fans across the globe until the lineup’s eventual disbandment in 1982.
Fast-forward to 2008 when Steve Fossen met vocalist Somar Macek. Romance stirred and the two began playing Heart songs together; bass and vocals, side by side, heart by heart. Blatant talent coupled with an extensive inventory of songs made forming the new band an easy and exciting decision.
Like Steve, Mike Derosier had turned down many previous opportunities to perform Heart songs with a new band. He agreed, however, to join his former bandmate in Heart By Heart on the condition that it was ‘done right’. And done right it was…
Seattle guitar legend Randy Hansen joined the group, bringing his Hendrix-esque showmanship and skill to the stage. The band, sometimes joined by various other Seattle musicians, played local fairs, gigs and small events to much acclaim.
When Heart (including Steve and Mike) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, Heart By Heart was fast-becoming a Seattle success story of its own.
Multi-instramentalist Lizzy Daymont joined the band as a guitar player and backup vocalist. The value of bringing another talented female to the group was immediately apparent. Additionally, Bob Rivers - veteran radio talk-show host and certified-gold recording artist – rounded out Heart By Heart’s sound with the implementation of keyboards.
Today, Heart By Heart plays shows all over the Pacific Northwest. From fairs and festivals to casino ballrooms, corporate events and more, fans delight in hearing their favorite ’70s and ’80s Heart tunes performed just as they remember them.
As for the future of Heart By Heart, the band plans to go on tour in 2015.
Heart fans know that the story of the band Heart is a love story, a story of art and passion, of losing and finding your way. It’s the story of amazing talent coming together and breaking new ground with a unique sound. Its the story of the breakup of that original group, an amazing comeback, and a second generation of hits and even greater success. It’s also the story of women succeeding in a mostly male genre. Ann and Nancy Wilson are the stars of that story, and they are amongst the greatest rockers of 2 generations.
After selling millions of albums and 7 years recording and touring during Heart’s Classic Rock heyday, the band came to a parting of the ways with much of its original lineup. It’s a long tale, full of classic rock and roll stories and personal struggles and growth. Much of the story is well told in the Charles R Cross Heart biography “Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll”. http://www.amazon.com/Kicking-Dreaming-Story-Heart-Soul/dp/0062101676
That story is still going on.
Heart with Ann and Nancy have toured and evolved over the years with many great players and with much success. Ever wonder what happened to the guys who were also Rock Stars? They continue to Rock, of course.
Around 1990 Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier, together with Heart lead guitarist Roger Fisher played in Alias, their album went gold and the hit “More Than Words Can Say” was a #1 single in Canada and #2 in the US. The band toured with REO Speedwagon, and appeared twice on the Tonight Show, once with Johnny Carson and once with Jay Leno. Roger Fisher just this year released a solo album with plans to tour his original material. Howard Leese, who played with Heart the longest (for 22 years), now tours with Paul Rodgers and Bad Company and is currently performing with Raiding the Rock Vault in Las Vegas.
When Heart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, all 6 original members reunited on stage to perform. Ann and Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher and Howard Leese on guitars, and Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier laying down the rhythm. That was a class act thing to do, considering how many groups refuse to give the fans and each other that moment of gratitude and celebration. Heart also played with a veritable who’s who of Seattle rockers, and their current line up. Seattle is known for its camaraderie amongst artists, and Ann and Nancy celebrated the honor of being inducted in a historic way.
Watch the video and you’ll notice Heart by Heart’s Steve Fossen on bass, Mike Derosier on drums.