Richie Ranno’s All-Starz – Tickets – Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA – July 14th, 2018

Richie Ranno's All-Starz

Praying Mantis Entertainment presents

Richie Ranno's All-Starz

Mantis, The Defiance, Rat Rod

Sat 07/14

6:30 pm

Trocadero Theatre

$26.00 - $76.00

This event is 21 and over

Richie Ranno's All-Starz
Richie Ranno's All-Starz
Richie Ranno's All-Starz
Featuring: Richie Ranno Guitar & Vocals, Joe X. Dube Drums, and George DiAna Bass & Vocals
Performing the Music of Starz plus Rock Classics
Starz was formed out of the ashes of an early 1970s pop music band, "Looking Glass" which had the No. 1 Hit single Brandy (“You're a Fine Girl”) in the summer of 1972. In September 1975 they were joined by former Stories "Brother Louie" Guitarist Richie Ranno. During the Seventies when disco and punk were the rage, only a handful of bands were daring enough to play hard rock and heavy metal music. "You could almost count those bands on one hand," said Starz lead guitarist Richie Ranno. "They were Aerosmith, KISS, Queen, Ted Nugent, Starz and Angel. We kept the flame alive between the original hard rock groups and heavy metal today."All together Starz recorded four studio albums,Starz, Violation, Attention Shoppers,and Colesium Rockand gathered critical acclaim with their ability to mesh the smooth with the hard. "We loved pop melodies," admitted Ranno in retrospect, "and we also loved heavy guitars. We liked to combine hooks with a harder edge. Our singer Michael Lee Smith had a great sense of melody. In the course of four albums, we only used orchestrations or keyboards once, preferring to mix heavy rock productions with melodic overtones."Their success has been documented in the historical chapters of hard rock and heavy metal. In Kerrang's critical listing of the 100 greatest heavy metal albums of all time,Starzwas listed at #94, with Violationat #84. In a similar poll in Hit Parader magazine,Violationwas listed at #82. Starz's greatest asset was their live performance and until a chance meeting between Metal Blade's founder and Starzguitarist Richie Ranno, one of rock's greatest secrets was buried in the archives. At the height of their career, Starz released a special "radio only" live record intended for broadcast, but not licensed for sale. It was called Live In Louisvilleand only a scant 2,000 copies were pressed. It was heralded by Kerrang as the greatest live record never released! "One day" Richie said, "out of the blue, I got a letter from Brian Slagel, who wrote that he was a big Starz fan and was interested in re-releasing the Starzalbums for the first time on CD. He asked if I owned the licenses to any of the records, and I told him I had the rights to the live record."Starz“Live In Action”is a combination of the famous "Live In Louisville" We always considered ourselves a live band," Richie confessed. "In fact, we toured with Peter Frampton in major halls before we even had any product to sell! We felt confident that we could get any audience up on their feet and got encores wherever we played." This same spirit is captured on Starz "Live InAction".If you are a Starz fan, this special recording is a must for your collection. If you are unaware of this great band, consider these thoughts. Many of the Eighties most successful bands were influenced by Starz, from Cinderella and Poison to Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. Tom Keifer said the first concert he ever went to was a Starzshow... "They really kicked ass," he remembered. Jon Bon Jovi met guitarist Richie Ranno backstage at a Bon Jovi concert in New Jersey and took the time to tell 30,000 screaming fans that when he was young, he looked up to Starz. They were the band he imitated when practicing in the garage. In Jon's words, "What ever your dreams may be, always shoot for the Starz!"
Rock journalist Doug Brod,who has worked for Spin Magazine and many others,has interviewed hundreds of Rockstars over the past 32 years. He always asked everyone he
interviewed who their biggest influences were. He kept a running total and concluded that the four most influential rock bands were Kiss, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick & STARZ!
He is now working on a book about the subject.
The Defiance
Rat Rod
Venue Information:
Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107

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