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Interview with Starrdust



I briefly caught up with my friend Jason Cornwell to discuss one of his new All Star bands, Starrdust.  They will be playing in the New England area for a couple charity events next week.  Make it a point to check them out and support some great charities during this holiday season.

By: Nina McCarthy,  Music Journalist

 December 9, 2016


BRR:  Starrdust is kind of new, so there's not much info online, so can you introduce the members and tell me which bands they have been in or are currently in?


Matt Starr was a member of Mr. Big filling in for drummer Pat Torpey on the band's "...Stories We Could Tell" (Frontiers Records) World Tour.  In 2012 Starr joined guitarist and founding KISS member Ace Frehley.  He played drums on Ace Frehley's 2014 release Space Invader (eOne Records).  Starr was asked to play on the record after performing a few shows with Frehley in 2012.  He is the only drummer other than Late Night With David Letterman drummer Anton Fig, to play on the entirety of one of Frehley's records. The 2014 release drew comparisons to 1970s KISS and Frehley's 1978 solo album. While remaining with Frehley, in 2013 Starr began playing with Burning Rain which was formed by Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich and Montrose vocalist Keith St John.  He also toured the UK and U.S. with Love/Hate.  In 2004 Starr toured with Quiet Riot frontman Kevin DuBrow in support of DuBrow's solo release In For The Kill.  In 2005 Starr co-wrote and recorded Beautiful Creatures sophomore release Deuce (Spitfire Records) and toured with the band the same year. The song "Freedom" was placed in the 2009 Sandra Bullock film The Proposal.  "Anyone", also from Deuce was placed in the FX series Sons of Anarchy  that aired on October 8, 2008.  In late 2004, Starr formed the band Hookers & Blow with Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) and current Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi.  The band toured the U.S. in 2004.  He also played with Bang Tango and recorded the CD Ready To Go (Shrapnel 2004).  The album was produced and mixed by Anthony Focx (AerosmithTaylor Hawkins).

Jason Cornwell, (Eric Martin band, Super Troup, Dream Killer, Road Dawg, Road Steamer)

Scott Laflamme, (Bang Tango, Super Troup,

Patrick Stone, (Adler’s Appetite,  Budderside)

BRR:  How did you come together as a band?

JC:  Well, originally Scott had asked Matt to be part of Super Troup, but with him just joining Mr. Big, he was really busy at the time.  Later that year I was on tour with Super Troup, summer 2015, I was asked if I would like to perform with Matt Starr, Ralph Saenz (Steel Panther) and Stephen Chesney in Hollywood for the Ultimate Jam.  I jumped at the chance, flew out there in between tour dates at that point, and Matt and I connected two months later we started talking about doing something.

BRR: Right now you perform songs by the legendary musicians or bands you all have been a part of.  Do you have any plans for new music/originals?


JC:  We do have some originals ready to go and hope to finalize the tracks within the next two months.


When can we expect an album?


JC:  That’s a good topic.  We do plan to have some music out, ASAP, with full Album to follow by summer 2017.


BRR:  Some of the band lives on the West coast, and you are from the East coast....How do you write together and practice?


JC:  Writing is good having Scott and I here in the East works out well.  We write together like crazy and it works great. We just email the track we are working on to the others. Rehearsals are easy to do before a tour as long as everyone is on the same page it works well.


BRR:  Starrdust is the headlining band out of 8 bands playing in support of 3 charities that Eric Tier is putting on Dec 17th at J.R.'s Fastlane*. How did that come about?


JC: Well Eric and I have been friends since when I was playing the Monsters of Rock for the first time. I always knew about his commitment to the charities. I volunteered way back, but my schedule is difficult.  I do a ton of shows per year with multiple artists.  This year I was open and the rest of the guys were available and it just all came together. We are very excited to play.


BRR:  What do you think about Eric getting his haircut onstage to support Wigs For Kids? **


JC:  It’s impressive to me, and proud of him for doing it.


BRR:  Would you do it?


JC:  I never thought about it, but I’m huge into charities and donating my time, and support as many as I can.


BRR:  Any advice for aspiring musicians?


JC:  Work hard if you really want it. Just like anything in life you need to keep at it and perfect it.


BRR:  What other upcoming shows do you have?


JC:  We are doing Club Jewel, in Manchester, New Hampshire December 15.  Charity is for the Manchester Animal Shelter.  If you bring a bag of food for a cat or dog you get $1 off your ticket.

December 16, Uncle Eddies, Salisbury MA. Charity is for the Salisbury Feline Rescue.  We are collecting food for the charity and part of the money from the show goes to the charity.


BRR:  Any further comments?


JC:  Just it was a pleasure doing this interview. We look forward to seeing you out on this little tour. We are doing for three different charities in New England. Right now we are calling the run XMAS JAM 2016.


BRR:  Thank you and I'll definitely see you December 17th in RI.  I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of the band.


*8 incredibly talented bands under 1 roof at Jr's Fastlane (Inside Mardi Gras) 1500 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI.

3 great non-profit children's charities Wigs for Kids, St Jude's and Toys for Tots.

Over 100 raffle and auction items, food, fun, music and lots of new friends to be made. Please come out and donate and support these charities.

$10 or a brand new unwrapped toy for the cover to get into this great show.


**Eric is also raising money oon GoFundMe for Wigs For kids by getting his long hair cut off onstage: https://www.gofundme.com/3wzx7sxw



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