Star One


Star One

Infobox musical artist |
Name = Star One


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Landscape = Yes
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Netherlands
Genre = Space rock
Progressive metal
Years_active = 2002–present
Label = InsideOut Music
Associated_acts = Ayreon
URL = [http://www.arjenlucassen.com/starone/so_index.html starone.com]
Current_members = Arjen Anthony Lucassen
Ed Warby
Russell Allen
Damian Wilson
Dan Swanö
Floor Jansen
Past_members =

Star One is a Dutch progressive metal side-project of Arjen Anthony Lucassen of Ayreon fame.

Origins

Star One was born out of the remnants of an abandoned collaboration between Lucassen and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson proposed the idea and the two exchanged ideas and put together four songs, Lucassen writing the music and Dickinson writing the lyrics.The project was abandoned however after Lucassen mentioned the project on the internet and Dickinson's manager called off negotiations. Instead of completely abandoning the material that had already been produced, Lucassen decided to put his own lyrics to the music and created Star One. cite web|url=http://www.ragnarokradio.co.uk/2008/05/episode-19-into-electric-castle.html|title=Ragnarök Radio Interview Part Two|accessdate=2008-05-09]

Music

The music of Star One is heavier than that of Lucassen's progressive rock opera project Ayreon and draws influences from seventies space rock and blends them with modern progressive metal. They have released one studio album, 2002's Space Metal and a live recording with material by Ayreon in addition to that by Star One. At present there are no known plans for any future Star One releases: Arjen Lucassen has stated that the project was merely a chance to write some less serious, more stylistically unified songs, as opposed to the material he normally writes for Ayreon. The project's name is a reference to the British science fiction television series Blake's 7.

Future

Lucassen has stated that he does not want to make another Star One album:

It is important to note however that the possibility of a reunion has not been entirely ruled out.

Album line-up

*Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Guitars, bass, keyboards
*Ed Warby (Gorefest) - drums
*Russell Allen (Symphony X) - Vocals
*Damian Wilson - Vocals
*Dan Swanö (Nightingale, Edge of Sanity) - Vocals
*Floor Jansen (After Forever) - Vocals

Additional musicians:

*Jens Johansson (Stratovarius) - Keyboards
*Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists) - Keyboards
*Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) - Guitar
*Robert Soeterboek (Cotton Soeterboek Band) - Backing vocals
*Dave Brock (Hawkwind) - Lead and backing vocals (Hawkwind Medley only)

Live line-up:

For the live shows, Arjen Lucassen played guitar and synths. In addition, he reprised his vocal role as the "Hippie" character for the songs from Ayreon's "Into the Electric Castle" concept album. Furthermore, Dan Swanö could not commit to the tour, being in the middle of work on Nightingale's "Alive Again". (It's interesting to note that Arjen Lucassen contributed a guitar solo to this album.) Swanö's vocal parts and certain sections of the Ayreon material were handled live by Robert Soeterboek, who has appeared on several previous Ayreon albums. Apart from this, the central line-up was unchanged. The following guest musicians took part in the performance:

*Russell Allen - Vocals
*Floor Jansen - Vocals
*Damian Wilson - Vocals
*Robert Soeterboek - Vocals
*Irene Jansen - Vocals
*Ed Warby - Drums
*Peter Vink - Bass
*Joost van den Broek (After Forever) - Keyboards
*Ewa Albering (a.k.a. Ewa Smarzyńska) - Flute

Discography

*Space Metal (2002)
*Live On Earth (2003, live album)

References

External links

* [http://www.arjenlucassen.com/starone/so_index.html Star One official website]


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