(Australian 1975 - 1980, 2019)
The Stars toured extensively to sell-out performances Australia-wide during 1975 to 1980, and chose to name their third album 1157 after the number of live gigs they had played.
Sadly, on May 6, 1980, Andy Durant died of cancer aged just 25. A shooting Star that dazzled us was gone. Eastick organised the Andrew Durant memorial concert in Melbourne and the big names of the Australian music industry offered their support, including Cold Chisel. The tribute performance on August 19, 1980 produced the double live album Andrew Durant Memorial Concert and profits from the concert and album went to The Andrew Durant Cancer Research Centre.
The following is an early gig review of The Stars while they were the supporting act for Joe Cocker when he toured Australia in 1977, and provides an insight into why so many people and fellow Australian artists respected this popular Aussie band from the 70's
Slugging It Out With Stars(Review by Annie Burton)
RAM Mag, Dec 30th, 1977 - #74
When they filled the support spot during Joe Cocker's last tour, Stars proved their ability by being one of the very few Australian support bands to a main act to keep the people in their seats while they played.
It doesn't matter all that much, because what Pealing is doing is declining to be a front man. He stands back and lets the rest of the band steam ahead, almost as though he's slightly in awe of being part of such a machine.
Mal Eastick, second guitarist and founding member, said of its demise: "lf we ever get the opportunity to go to America, and got billed with the Charlie Daniels Band. or Elvin Bishop, or something like that, the tag 'Rock 'n' Roll Cowboys' would iust be ridiculous, cause they're cowboys playing rock 'n' roll. we're rock 'n' rollers playing cowboys." Eastick's statement displays not only the band's influences, but also a certain naivete; if Elvin Bishop has ever been closer to a cattle ranch than face to face with a Holiday Inn steak, l'll eat his Stetson.
And they've kept working solidly, refusing to give up despite the lack of general recognition. Their recent "Mighty Rock" single deserved to go a lot further than it did, a really good, solid rock song with a hook you could pick up a beef carcass with. Stars remind me of an Australian Sanford Townend Band. Solid musicianship, good lead and harmony vocals, excellent lead breaks, gutsy and neat, and a distinct lack of glitter, satin, smoke bombs and all the rest of the step-over
throw hold stage stuff.
throw hold stage stuff.
They've now got a new single out ["Mighty Rock" Ed.], but the real buzz is about their forthcoming album. It's finished and reputed to be shit hot, and it's also being kept under wraps till January or February next year ['Paradise' Ed.].
Just before Christmas, (apparently), is not the time to launch promising new artists. (Aunts and Uncles will insist on sticking to Names They Know and buy the latest Queen and Rod Stewart for young Roderick or Jane).
|The Stars from 1979|
This post consists of FLACs ripped from my 'near mint' Vinyl, and includes full album artwork for both CD and vinyl. 40 years later, this album sounds as fresh as it was when released in 1980 and I also discovered why they named it 1157. Also included is a live B-side single entitled "Red Neck Boogie', a regular song on their gig play list.
01 Watching The River Flow 3:34
02 Living A Lie 3:19
03 Cocaine 3:24
04 I’d Rather Be Blind 3:38
05 Paradise 3:09
06 Watch Out For Lucy 3:23
07 Mainline Florida 3:44
08 Since You’ve Been Gone (Sweet, Sweet Baby) 3:16
09 Jive Town 3:21
10 Rescue Me 3:03
11 Never Coming Back 5:43
12 Red Neck Boogie (Bonus Live B-Side Single) 3:33
Drums – J. J. Hackett
Bass - Ian McDonald
Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals – Andy Durant
Lead Guitar – Mal Eastick
Lead Vocals – Mick Pealing
Stars FLAC Link (334Mb)