Since the comeback of JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR in 2009 with the brilliant studio album called "Defiance", both band's career and Jack Starr's (ex-VIRGIN STEELE) solo career have been on the rise. In 2010 the band signed with Limb Music, the German label who promptly released next studio album, "Land Of The Dead", in 2011. The LP received rave reviews and is considered by many to be one of the best albums of 2011. The album featured the exact same lineup as "Defiance", including the fiery drumming of the ex-MANOWAR drummer Rhino, the spot-on vocals of Todd Micheal Hall and the solid bass playing of Ned Meloni — longtime member and songwriting contributor of the band — and guest appearances by Ross The Boss (ex-MANOWAR, SHAKIN' STREET, DICTATORS) and David Shankle (ex-MANOWAR, DSG). One year later, Skol Records reissued the legendary and classic second BURNING STARR album "No Turning Back!" from 1986, with brand new front cover artwork, and which is often listed as one of the very best U.S. power metal albums.
The recent activities of Jack Starr also include guest solos on new album of the Australian band DRAGONSCLAW, Lebanese band ZIX, where he played on a track with former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin, and various compilations, including the Italian tribute album to STRANA OFFICINA, and Texas metallers WITCHMARK's debut album. Earlier in 2013, BURNING STARR recorded live DVD at the Keep It True festival in Germany. 2013 also saw the re-release of "Out Of The Darkness", the much-acclaimed solo album from 1984 that featured Jack Starr and Rhett Forrester — former singer of RIOT, and members of THE RODS and RAINBOW. Even more reissues are planned for this year: the two legendary PHANTOM LORD albums and DEVIL CHILDE mini album, that were recorded in the '80s by Jack Starr with Ned Meloni (another JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR member) and Joe Hasselvander (RAVEN, PENTAGRAM), will be reissued by Italian label Minotauro Records. In 2014, another reissue will see the light of the day: the ultra-rare self-titled album from 1989 (so-called "The Orange Album"), will be released in CD format in its original form first time ever, with all tracks recorded during that particular session — mastered from the original tapes — and with fat booklet with many previously unseen photos.
Jack Starr and the boys have been busy, but the real news is the impending release of an all new original album, scheduled for 2014, entitled "Stand Your Ground", which promises to be a fire-breathing monster of an album. As Jack has said in a recent interview: "Some bands from the Eighties lose steam and make albums that are less and less powerful as the years go by. BURNING STARR does the opposite: as the years go by, our albums are getting heavier, better played and feature stronger songwriting."
BURNING STARR will be back in Europe in 2014 playing festivals and clubs in a full tour that promises to see the band doing what it does best: delivering classic U.S. power metal with virtuoso playing and melodic songwriting that rocks.