Wikkid Starr unveil ballad “Face The Day” for streaming
California rockers Wikkid Starr consisting of band founder and lead vocalist Toney Richards as well as Markus Plattner on guitar, Jimmy Caterine (Sacred Rite) on acoustic guitar, Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) on bass, and Andy Plattner on drums and keyboards have released a video for their new ballad “Face The Day.”
Wikkid Starr will be releasing their new studio album Sudden Impact on July 4, 2020.
Richards spoke to Sleaze Roxx back in May 2019 and indicated as follows about Wikkid Starr‘s history:
“When Ashlyn [Childs] and I started writing songs for Collision Course, we found out right away that we had great chemistry and could write good, catchy songs that sounded really good. Ashlyn and I started recording in summer of 2007 but unfortunately by the end of year in 2007, Ashlyn disappeared and lost all contact with me due to personal reasons that I will not discuss. He was going through a lot at that particular time in his life and I’ll leave it at that. South Bay engineer Bill Krodel, owner of Media Kitchen Studios in Gardena, CA. was intrigued and impressed by what we were doing. Bill liked our songs so much, that he offered to help us out by turning us on to world renowned drummer David Raven. David played with people like Slash, Nora Jones, Keith Richards and many other top notch artists. His resume was very impressive. When David came into the studio to record the drums for “Zombie TV”, “Feed Me” and “Karma”, Ashlyn and I couldn’t help but be blown away by how good he was.
We knew that we would have our work cut out for us finding a drummer that was on David Raven‘s level. Bill was no slouch either. He had an impressive resume himself having worked with Don Dokken, Gilby Clarke, and bands like Ratt, Great White and Bullet Boys. Bill was super funny and would tell us all kinds of stories about people he had worked with. It was unfortunate that he passed away on September 19, 2008 at the age of 59. Bill passed away from complications from aplastic anemia disease. It was at this time that I was faced whether to continue on with this project or completely abandon it and move on to something new. When I played the songs that Ashlyn and I wrote together to friends that were fellow musicians, I would always get positive feedback like, “Why aren’t you finishing this album? These songs are really good.”
It took me a year and a half after Bill‘s death to figure it out. I decided to finish what I had originally started with Ashlyn in March of 2010. That’s when I began writing new songs. The two that stood out were “Feels So Right” and “Shooting Star.” I worked with Gutter Boys guitarist Brian Abretski on “Feels So Right” and Flamenco guitarist Giorgio DeLamus Bankells on “Shooting Star.” Brian had jammed with me in 1994-1995 when he played guitar in Road Angel with me for a brief stint. Drummer Richie Rivera, who had done a gig with me, along with guitarist Damon Valley under the name Bang Sherri in 2001 at one of the Glitter Glam Fests at The Coconut Teazer played drums for me on “Feels So Right” and “Shooting Star.” Richie now plays drums for Janet Gardner, the [former] vocalist for Vixen, on her solo project.
My long-time friend and engineer Raphael DiGiorgio, helped me finish the project when I contacted him to record, mix and master at his Diamond Dream Studios in the Carbon Canyon area of Orange County. Raphael also played bass on “Feels So Right” and “Shooting Star” as well as keyboards on “New Beginning” which is an acoustic instrumental that features myself on guitar and “Shooting Star.” DiGiorgio and Richards co-produced the Wikkid Starr debut release Collision Course. The last song on the album was a collaboration between German musicians and brothers Marcus Plattner (guitar) and Andy Plattner (drums) and myself on vocals. That song is “Get It, Got It, Good.” Raphael DiGiorioplayed bass on that song.”
Wikkid Starr‘s “Face The Day” single:
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