The Hollywood Stars – Live on the Sunset Strip

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10/16/2021 3 min read

Band: The Hollywood Stars
Title: Live on the Sunset Strip
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Golden Robot Records
Release date: 29 October 2021

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Tracklist:
1. King Of The Night Time World
2. Escape
3. Sunrise On Sunset
4. Band Introductions
5. All The Kids On The Street
6. Supermen Are Always Gentlemen
7. Modern Romance
8. Tough Guys Never Cry
9. Shine Like A Radio
10. Too Hot To Handle
11. Make It To The Party
12. Habits


Lineup:
Scott Phares - vocals
Michael Rummas - bass
Ruben De Fuentes - guitar
Chezz Monroe - guitar
Terry Rae - drums


The Hollywood Stars are back in a big way with "Live on the Sunset Strip," a high-energy live performance by one of Hollywood's legendary bands of the 1970s, THE HOLLYWOOD STARS, with an introduction by noted radio host and honorary mayor of the Sunset Strip, Rodney Bingenheimer. Songs range from the hard driving, to the extravagant, to the beautiful and back again. The album, was recorded on July 18th, 2019 The Whisky A Go Go’ where Hollywood Stars made a triumphant return. ‘Live on the Sunset Strip’. will be released digitally on October 29th via Golden Robot Records.
After an introduction by Rodney Bingenheimer The Hollywood Stars begin with a rocky version of "King of the Night World", recorded by the band in 1974, later modified by Kiss on the album 'Destroyer'. A great performance with an energetic band that opens this 'album of memories' for those who, like me, witnessed the heyday of the Sunset Strip.
"Escape", the second track is another song originally recorded by the band in 1974 that was later modified and released by Alice Cooper on his Welcome To My Nightmare album. Catchy, energetic and biting, the band is vital and manages to capture the rock atmosphere that hovers with cool guitars, intense rhythm.
If the gentle guitar in the track 'Sunrise On Sunset' (from "Sound City" LP) softens us up, with "All The Kids on the Street" we res-start jumping and singing choruses, this raucous version of the band’s single from the 70s, combines the beat from the "Sound City" version and the vocals from the single.
Written by Mars Bonfire ("Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf), the heavy "Supermen Are Always Gentlemen" shows heavy guitars and drums accompany a sound-effected lead vocal about some who is “weird” and “feared”, but is a gentleman. No use explaining this song, just listen.
"Modern Romance" is a slow song complete with piano and strings played by lead singer, Scott Phares, and beautiful harmonies sung by the band, pretty but probably also the lowest point of the album.
"Tough Guys Never Cry" another of the three songs written by Mars Bonfire for the band, began this track with pounding drums and a throbbing chorus of the band singing in unison. It is about a man who has learned over the years to “hide his feelings well” espousing the credo “Dead men never show emotion, tough guys never cry.”
"Shine Like A Radio" is taken from "Shine Like A Radio" LP, this song is a real crowd pleaser, including audience participation, great track such as the next "Too Hot To Handle" that's a straight-ahead rock piece.
"I Can’t Help It'" is a completely rewritten version of a song from the "Sound City" album, rhythmic tune with brilliant guitars while, "Make It To The Party" throw us back to a 50s rock ‘n’ roll sound.
"Habits" it’s loud, it’s loose and exciting. It’s about people’s habits that can take over their lives and yet it is a lot of fun.
"Live on the Sunset Strip" rocks from first to last track in such an excellent party mood, The Hollywood Stars are back with its amazing verve.
From 1977 to 2021, four albums and all of them made with great rock, what can I say, they are back and they did it in style!

Valeria Campagnale

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