Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 4, 1976 · Page 61
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 61

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 4, 1976
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The Kanawlia Valley Soap Box Derby will be held at 11 a. m., Saturday, July 10 at Little Creek Park in South Charleston. The racers will be on display from 7 to 9 p. m., Friday, J u l y 9 near the race track. "THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRAM,"(1947) *'/ 2 , with Betty Grable and Dick Haymes. Tedious bore about womens suffrage and the first lady secretary set in 1874 Boston. Routine Gershwin score as. uninspired as the film. 9 a.m., cable channel 10. "NOTORIOUS,"(1946) *"/ 2 , with Gary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. A government agent and a refugee girl undertake a dangerous mission in Brazil, and are suspected by a master spy chief. Spine-tingling Hitchcock suspense only pauses for glittering romance. 11:30 p.m., O GD Starz good, tight rock band By Jim Games How does a young, new band make it to stardom? That's the question I asked Starz recently when they opened a set here for Aerosmith. Starz is a new band hoping for the break into the big time. Entam's Phil Lashinsky escorted me to the group's dressing room and told the band I was there for an interview. Manager Allan Miller motioned for me to have a seat on the table. Guitarist Richie Ranno cluched a sweaty teeshirt to his bare 'chest and pleaded,- "No press!,"while lead singer Michael Lee Smith began: "How long you been in the business? What makes you think you can do something that hasn't already been done?" "Wait a minute," I said. "I'm asking the questions; you're answering them." "Oh, that's how it works," Smith said. Once I had the interview in hand, things went better. The night Starz came out in Charleston, they were opening a tour Their album not yet out, they played to an audience completely unfamiliar with them, but they converted some fans. What I wanted to know of the band was how they expected to become stars. The answer J got was something like: The same way Z Z Top, Aeros- mith and Kiss made it--by going all over the country, getting in front of crowds and playing your ax off. Smith said the only way to make it is to draw attention. "That's how' you have to do it these days. You ulv-l. 1976 Freaks how play and play and play and hope enough people like what you do enough to go out and buy your album." Starz spent much of the last year (they formed in 1975) doing just that. They built a hefty reputation with exciting live performances when they played with Peter Frampton and with Z Z Top. And when they finished those gigs, they returned to New York and did a big show to which representatives from several major record companies were invited. The record people liked what they heard, and with several offers, the band chose Capitol and signed on. They cut their album, called Star*, and made plans to start touring again. The Charleston appearance came just three weeks after completion of the album--and three days before its release. It was the first of several shows planned with such "name" acts as Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Z Z Top, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, Rod Stewart and Robin Trower. With big acts like that as headliners, Starz is sure to get a lot of needed exposure. I asked Smith to characterize the music on the band's first album, and he said, "It's basically an FM Ip. It's got good, solid music- heavy music-- and though we may not get a hit single out of it, it's a good piece of music. I like it. The band's proud of it." Starz is a good, tight rock'n'roll band and that first album i« a good one. Capitol Records apparently thinks so, too. One indication of that is this: Capitol released only two albums in June: The Beatles' Rock'n'Roll Music to the World repackage and Starz. That's some company to be keeping. the hi fidelity centers hold free amplifier clinics! any make or model no matter where you bought it in Huntington, Wed., July 7th noon 'til 8 PJN. in Charleston, Thurj., July 8lh noon 'til 8 PjM. Bring your amplifier or receiver to our Free Clink While you watch, Mclntosh engineers will measure the performance of your equipment. The analysis is done on 55.000 worth of Hewlett-Packard laboratory equipment. While you're here, ask the Mclntosh engineers ony technical question--their knowhow may iclp solve your problem. "lease be prepared to wait for your unit to be tested.We can give you the best possible service if you are present when your unit is being tested. Only one system per customer, please. KIT BUILDERS... Make sure you're getting all the performance you should. Bring your kit to this clinic, HAVE IT MEASURED PROFESSIONALLY The Amplifier Clinic will measure component Hi-Fi or Stereo Amplifiers, Receivers and Preamplifiers. All musical and non-slondard amplifiers cannot be measured. Sorry, we ore not equipped to test tuners. monday 10-9 tuesday-saturday 10-6 603 brooks street, Charleston 346-5562 1253 third avenue, huntington 529-1941 free parking SATISFIED CUSTOMERS FOR OVER 25 YEARS ALUMINUM REPLACEMENT WINDOWS ·*· Cuts fuel costs ·*· Insulated twin pane glass * Tilts in for easy cleaning * White aluminum finish ALCOA ALUMINUM SIDING Complete Home Modernisation ·*· Porch Enclosures * Room additions ·*· Recreation Rooms * Roofs * Bank Financing Available 346-5701 NIGHTS-SUNDAYS--HOLIDAYS CALL 935-7104 CHARLESTON HOME IMPROVEMENT CO. 1721W. WASHINGTON ST., CHARLESTON, W.VA. CHARLESTON.'W.VA. i; m

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