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Shooting Star

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  • Years Active: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Muscular '80s rockers Shooting Star formed in Kansas City late in the 1970s with vocalist/guitarist Van McLain, guitarist Gary West, violin player Charles Waltz, bassist Ron Verlin, and drummer Steve Thomas. The group signed to Virgin before the end of the decade and delivered their self-titled debut album late in 1979; the single "You've Got What I Need" was a modest hit, as was "Hollywood" from 1981's Hang on for Your Life, but Shooting Star disbanded by 1985. Four years later, McLain and Verlin were present at the formation of another edition of the band, with vocal duties being handled by newcomer Keith Mitchell.

The new Shooting Star debuted in 1989 with the single "Touch Me Tonight," which became their biggest hit (a not-quite awe-inspiring number 76); the group's sixth album overall, It's Not Over, was released in 1991.

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Prog on the Prairie: Midwestern Bands Roll Over Beethoven

By Chuck Eddy, Contributor

On the back of Kansas's self-titled first album, which came roaring out of Topeka in 1974, the band looks like six long-haired farmboys, out standing in their field: Blue jeans, Daniel Boone fringe jackets - one big guy even has overalls on. The front cover is a famous portrait of insurrectionary 19th-century Bleeding Kansas abolitionist John Brown; the last track a eulogy for Mother Nature. Though released on a label run by Don Kirshner, the… more »