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Crack Is Back

June 30, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
Who remembers Crack the Sky?

Just the other day I saw a "Crack the Sky" sticker on the back of a vehicle and thought to myself, "Gosh, I've not thought about them for years."

Then, just a couple of days later as I was outside pulling weeds, B.E. Taylor walked by my house and as we started talking, he mentioned that Crack the Sky was getting together for a concert in Pittsburgh in July.

So, for those interested, the original members of Crack the Sky will be at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. July 19, featuring Rick Witkowski, Joe Macre and Joey D'Amico.

According to the New Hazlett Theater Web site:

"Crack the Sky is returning to play where it all started.

"After more than 30 years and 20 albums, they are currently touring to support their new CD 'The Sale.' Since their eponymous release in 1975 which Rolling Stone named 'debut album of the year,' the band has continually evolved and kept its reputation for stellar live performances. Songs known for their intricacy, quirkiness, and sometimes scathing remarks on the American condition, have been cemented in the progressive/pop/rock culture.

"For the first time since 1978 the band reunites four of the five original members: John Palumbo (guitar/lead vocal), Rick Witkowski (guitar), Joe D'Amico (drums) and Joe Macre (bass) together again with long-standing members Bobby Hird (guitar) and Glenn Workman (keyboards)."

I had to listen to the song I remember from way back when, "Safety in Numbers," which was released in 1980. I could picture the album cover, with the birds and the familiar lightning logo. I really loved that album. I listened to a few other songs; very Beatlesque with a bit of Phil Collins/Genesis thrown in.

So if you liked Crack the Sky, or you just want to see Rick Witkowski's Chuck Taylors dancing around the stage, check them out July 19!


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