Groove – Episode #57: Steve Fossen
When you think of rock n’ roll hall of famers, Heart, it’s easy to think about Ann and Nancy Wilson, but the origin story is a little different. Heart can be traced back to 1967 when bass player Steve Fossen formed The Army – a band that eventually morphed into Heart in 1969 after a series of different names and personnel changes – key among them being the addition of Ann Wilson in 1972 followed by sister Nancy in 1974.
Heart went on to release six top ten albums and landed twenty hit singles on the Billboard top 40 charts, including “Crazy On You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Even it Up,” and countless others. Steve was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the original Heart lineup in 2013.
Steve left Heart in 1982 following the recording of Private Audition. I first met Steve when he joined the supergroup, Alias, in 1988 with vocalist Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi (of the Canadian arena rock band Sheriff), along with two other Heart founding members, guitarist Roger Fisher, and drummer Mike Derosier. Alias released its self-titled debut album in 1990, which went platinum, scoring hits with the power ballad “More Than Words Can Say,” “Waiting for Love,” and “Haunted Heart.”
Steve along with drummer Michael Derosier are now touring as Heart By Heart. “Our mission is to perform the classic Heart music as faithfully as we can,” Steve says. The band features vocalist Somar Macek, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Lizzy Daymont and guitarist Chad Quist. We had the chance to discuss this rock bassist who has lived and played through over four decades of rock n’ roll.
Enjoy the conversation…