From 1973-1977, the Hollywood Stars were one of the most popular live acts at the Whisky and the Starwood. They were treated as royalty at Rodney’s English Disco and the group toured with the Kinks. First signed to Columbia Records, and later, Arista, the Hollywood Stars played support gigs to the New York Dolls, Bo Diddley, Ramones, and Iggy Pop. In turn, a cavalcade of newcomers opened shows for the Stars, including Van Halen, Journey, the Runaways, the Knack, and Quiet Riot. The Hollywood Stars were the first to record the classic rock anthems “King of the Night Time World” and “Escape”; those tracks later appeared on platinum-selling albums by Kiss and Alice Cooper, respectively.
Building on the success of last summer’s Sound City archival release, The Hollywood Stars today announce details for three upcoming Los Angeles concerts. The band will headline shows at the Redwood Bar and Grill and the Grand Star Jazz Club in downtown L.A., as well as perform at the upcoming “Burgerama” festival in Echo Park.
February 28: The Hollywood Stars with special guests Nico Bones, Crazy Squeeze, and Bad Sex at the Redwood Bar and Grill, 316 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles 90012. Tickets: https://bit.ly/382Q9kS
March 6: The Hollywood Stars with special guests Hammered Satin, Nico Bones, The Blessings, plus Velvet Tinmine DJs at the Grand Star Jazz Club, 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles 90012. Tickets available at the door. http://www.grandstarjazzclub.com
March 14: The Hollywood Stars perform at “Burgerama” hosted by Burger Records at The Echo/Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park 90026. Also appearing are The Mummies, Flamin’ Groovies, Apache, and dozens more. For tickets and additional information: https://www.spacelandpresents.com
These will be the first area concerts The Hollywood Stars have performed since headlining an SRO show at the Whisky A-Go-Go on July 18, 2019. To coincide with that appearance, LA Weekly’s Brett Callwood published an interview with the band’s vocalist Scott Phares and designated the show as one of the paper’s weekly “Concert Picks.” The following month, Callwood chose Sound City as his “Album of the Week.”
Sound City was a “lost” album the group had recorded in 1976 but it didn’t see release until August 23, 2019. The LP was greeted with enthusiasm in both the USA and the UK. Shindig! Magazine called the album “as fine an example of powerpop perfection as one is likely to encounter” while Pandora Radio posted a hour-long conversation in which Phares discussed highlights from The Hollywood Stars’ discography. Sound City is available now via all digital retailers. It is also available on CD: https://burgerrecords.com/product/the-hollywood-stars-sound-city/
Having survived various lineup changes since 1973, the current lineup of The Hollywood Stars includes original members Scott Phares (vocals), Ruben De Fuentes (guitar) and Terry Rae (drums), alongside more recent recruits Chezz Monroe (guitar, vocals) and Nigel Taylor (bass, vocals).
During the 1970s, The Hollywood Stars toured with The Kinks and played support gigs to The New York Dolls, Bo Diddley, Ramones, Iggy Pop, and disco star Sylvester. In turn, a cavalcade of newcomers opened shows for the Stars, including Van Halen, Journey, The Runaways, The Knack, and Quiet Riot, among others.
The Hollywood Stars were the first to record classic rock anthems “King of the Night Time World” and “Escape”; those tracks later appeared on platinum-selling albums by Kiss and Alice Cooper, respectively.
The Hollywood Stars album discography:
The Hollywood Stars (Arista Records; recorded in 1976, released in 1977)
Shine Like a Radio: The Great Lost 1974 Album (Last Summer/Light in the Attic; recorded in 1974, released in 2013)
Sound City (Burger Records; recorded in 1976, released in 2019)