The return of Shooting Star
2018 marked the 38th Anniversary of the Shooting Star debut album release from 1980. And, it also marked the return of Shooting Star from what seemed impossible odds to return.
Through the years, Shooting Star has endured industry challenges, member changes and tough times. There were even a few times when it seemed as if the band might not be able to go on. However, founding member and primary song writer Van McLain was the constant rock of the band that always found a way to keep the fire burning and keep the band going throughout the years. So after the passing of Van McLain in March of 2018, many believed this might of signaled the end of this legendary band. But the remaining band members were determined to continue on and to honor Van McLain and to keep his music alive. Van McLain's family also expressed their full support for the band to reform and continue on.
In August 2018, Dennis Laffoon, Steve Thomas and Todd Pettygrove reformed the band with the addition of Janet Jamison (former Shooting Star Violinist) and Chet Galloway (Guitarist who was chosen by Van McLain to fill in for him with Shooting Star at his Benefit Show.)
The band's return debut show was a sold out show Jan. 19th, 2019 at Ameristar Star Pavilion in Kansas City, MO.
Shooting Star is:
Steve Thomas - Drums
Dennis Laffoon - Keys, Vocals
Janet Jamison - Violin, Vocals
Todd Pettygrove - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Chet Galloway - Lead Guitar, Vocals