Thanks to Shanna Torp:
HONORING MIKE STARR MEMORIAL SHOW
CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF ALICE IN CHAINS BASSIST, MIKE STARR
March 7, 2013
Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton Street, Seattle, WA
doors open at 7 PM – downbeat at 7:30
Blacklist Union with Tony West (L.A. Guns)
Grind (Alice in Chains Tribute)
Amanda J. Hardy
Garden of Eden
Plus special surprise guests!
SEATTLE, WA (March 7, 2013)—Thursday night at Studio Seven is a night dedicated to the life and memory of Mike Starr, co-founder & original bassist of Alice in Chains.
Mike’s sister, Melinda, has gotten together with some of his dear friends and fans to put together an evening open to everyone interested in sharing the love, and celebrating Mike’s life through music and friendship.
Come check out some of Mike’s personal, never-before-seen pictures and memorabilia, on display throughout the night, as well as honor this hometown hero with a righteous party.
Tickets are $10.00 – available at www.etix.com
Check out the Facebook Event Page
About Mike’s career…
Michael Christopher (Mike) Starr (April 4, 1966 – March 8, 2011) was an American musician, best known as the original bassist and co-founder of Alice in Chains. He played with them from the band’s beginning in 1987 until 1993.
In the early 80s, Mike was part of the glam metal band, SATO. Sato’s original track, Leather Warrior, was included on the Northwest Metalfest compilation album in 1984.
By 1987, Mike was performing with Gypsy Rose. The first lineup was the best known, and featured several members who went on to achieve musical prominence: vocalist Tim Branom, guitarist Brock Graue (Lipstick), bassist Mike Starr (Alice in Chains), and drummer Mike “Bones” Gersema (L.A. Guns). Guitarist Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) briefly played in the band, and teamed up with Mike after the second Gypsy Rose lineup fell apart.
During the same time period, Jerry Cantrell was also busy creating the band Diamond Lie, which included drummer Sean Kinney, singer Layne Staley, and Mike. Diamond Lie eventually took the name, Alice in Chains, and was signed to Columbia Records.
The band was fundamental in ushering in the grunge rock movement of the early 90s, and enjoyed widespread success. Mike was with AIC for the albums Facelift, Dirt, and the EP, Sap.
Starr left the group in 1993, while it was touring behind Dirt. According to a 1994 Rolling Stone interview with Layne Staley, Starr’s departure was “just a difference in priorities. We wanted to continue intense touring and press, Mike was ready to go home.”
Mike was in a band called SUPPASTARR which performed with special guests Ace Frehley & Steven Adler at The Henry Fonda Music Box Theater in Hollywood, California on July 25, 2009 for a live taping of “Sober House”, in which Starr was an active and successful participant.
Sober House, a follow-up to Celebrity Rehab, reached 35 million viewers per episode in the US. Mike also appeared in a season 4 episode of Celebrity Rehab, celebrating more than 6 months of sobriety.
In 2011, Mike Starr began playing with Travis Meeks of Days of the New, recording and preparing for a tour that would also feature Charlie Colin of Train. Unfortunately, Starr passed away on March 8, 2011, before touring began.
Alice in Chains discography, featuring Mike Starr…
We Die Young (1990)
Music Bank (1999)
Nothing Safe: Best of the Box (1999)
Greatest Hits (2001)
The Essential Alice in Chains (2006)
About the performers…
Headliners Blacklist Union was formed in 2004 by frontman Tony West, and released their debut album, After The Mourning, to critical acclaim. They continued marking their territory in the underground rock scene with the follow up, Breakin’ Bread With The Devil in 2008. Blacklist Union tours nationally, gaining 5 star reviews from industry publications, fanzines, and music reviewers – as well as fans both here and abroad. The new release, Til Death Do Us Part, features a “Who’s Who of Rock” list of contributors, and is their best work to date.
Grind, A Tribute of Alice in Chains, earned international acclaim with their chilling musical and visual resemblance to the original AIC lineup. Formed in Lexington, South Carolina in 2010 by singer Gary Allen, Grind’s mission is to pay tribute to Layne Staley, Mike Starr, and the memory of his own departed son Aaron. Performing all the hits and even B-sides, a recent review stated, “Grind is a great surrogacy for fans that miss Layne or never had the pleasure of experiencing him live. A must see.”
Grind has headlined at multiple House of Blues locations and across the nation. The band is set to make their Sunset Strip debut this year, headlining the world famous Viper Room in Hollywood.
Sin Circus are members of the South Hill-based teenage rock band who can say they played a Motley Crue song in a bar and Vince Neil came up to them afterward to say how impressed he was by their rendition.
They have nine original songs and are going into the studio to record their CD in April 2013. The Unger brothers write the lyrics and much of the music. Then the other two add their input and build it into a full song. Devon said “they like to experiment with different time signatures”.
Their cover tunes by artists such as KISS, Avenged Sevenfold, Van Halen, Poison, Blink 182, and Motley Crue, which reveals much of their musical tastes.
The Unger boys’ father and manager, Steve Unger, has been a rock musician for many years, most recently playing bass in the last incarnation of Metal Church.
Amanda J. Hardy is a Seattle rock band, currently working with producer and engineer Scotty Olson, former guitarist for Heart and Alice in Chains Unplugged. Not only are they hitting the studio next month to produce their first single – they’re also working on the music video with Director Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films.
Garden of Eden is the Los Angeles Music Awards Metal Band of the Year. Over the last 25 years, they have opened for and toured with groups such as AC/DC, Great White, L.A. Guns, Tesla, Krokus, Whitesnake, and more. Currently, they are on their Stormy Winter 2013 tour on the west coast of the US and will be in Japan in June.
Steal Beans is completing the highly anticipated album, Firedance. Steal Beans combines’ funky grooves, solid vocals, vintage and new instrumentation to create their unique flavor of psychedelic-metal-funk-punk. Catchy hooks and visually rich content make for an unforgettable show, and they continue to build an active cult following in the Pacific Northwest.