Stars of Boulevard was formed in the summer of 2008 from 3 rivaling Vancouver bands.
Ken Abbey, a ‘roots of rock’ trained shredder and Johnny Kaye, an aggressive styled rock bass player, were members of the same band for several years, sharing stages on several occasions with another band fronted by Josh Abel, a charismatic, melody and lyrics minded front man. Having established a friendly acquaintanceship with the two, Josh emailed Ken and Johnny just after parting ways with his band, and the timing was right as they were looking to start a new project too. After realizing they shared a similar passion for "true rock n’ roll", the trio locked down a jam room and went on a writing spree, while still going out most every night in the city of Vancouver, spreading the word about their newly formed band, later named Stars Of Boulevard - the name came from a local Casino that the group used to frequent named Boulevard Casino. At this point the band still didn’t have a definitive drummer because all the good drummers were either taken, or played in multiple bands at the same time, which didn’t appeal to the boys of SOB. Stars of Boulevard would go on to play with 3 different drummers that year, all of which didn’t work out for one reason or another. With frustration setting in, and even talks of relocation, everything quickly changed when their manager at the time mentioned a local band had broken up. That band's drummer, Matty Carolei, had a style all his own and the boys were familiar with him too, having seen his band in concert several times. With one quick email from Ken to Matty this trio was now a quartet. Matty felt that there was no better way for him to harness his fun loving antics & aggression behind the kit then with SOB. While rehearsing for the first time, the four finally discovered what they’d been searching for and Stars Of Boulevard was finally complete.
In 2009 SOB signed on with RockGamer Studios to release several tracks on the smash hit video game Rock Band. Tracks like “Limousine” and “Sabertooth” have received a lot of positive YouTube and fan support. Both songs have become popular among the users of the Rock Band Network.
In early November of 2009, the boys met producer Jeff Dawson and went into Mushroom Studios to record a single with him and legendary Mixer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Metallica). The single “You Can Take The Money“ was mixed at the infamous Warehouse Studio.
The band instantly began crafting their songs, sounds, and live performance and after playing a handful of local clubs and festival shows, Stars of boulevard were offered their first record deal. After a period of legal negotiations with the label, SOB gracefully declined and pushed forward. Stars of Boulevard then set their sights on the highly coveted 99.3 The Fox (Canadian Radio Station) Seeds competition. Taking place in June of 2010. With more than 400 bands entered, fans voted SOB in the top 50. Industry leaders then narrowed 50 bands down to 20 and held a showcase to decide who the final three would be. After two weeks of anticipation Stars of Boulevard was announced in the top 3. The finale would be held at the infamous Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. With all three bands performing, a panel of judges from the Canadian music industry would decide which band would receive the Platinum number 1 spot.’ After performing for a sold out crowd Stars Of Boulevard was crowned the “Platinum Award Winners.”
Their single “You Can Take The Money” is currently enjoying regular rotation in Vancouver and other parts of Western Canada.
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