Australian band Stars have reformed for their first shows since the death of Andy Durrant in 1979.
Stars started out in Adelaide in 1975 and moved to Melbourne where they signed with Mushroom Records.
The band recorded two albums ‘Paradise’ (1978) and ‘Land of Fortune’ (1979) and generated a handful of hits with ‘Quick On The Draw’ (no 25, 1976), ‘With A Winning Hand’ (no 34, 1976), ‘Mighty Rock’ (no 22, 1977), ‘Look After Yourself’ (no 21, 1977) and ‘Back Again’ (no 33, 1978).
Stars toured Australia in 1978/1979 with the Beach Boys and then Linda Ronstadt.
The second album ‘Land Of Fortune’ was released in June 1979 just as guitarist and songwriter Andrew Durrant was diagnosed with cancer. Andy died on 6 May 1980, in his mid-20s.
Stars broke-up with the death of Andy but got together to pay tribute at the Andrew Durrant Memorial Concert, now available as a live DVD and album.
Stars members Mick Pealing, Roger McLachlan and Glyn Dowding were rehearsing for their reunion show at Sydney Blues and Roots Festival on October 29.