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Festival News: Starcastle Cancellation At RoSFest/GPS Announced

Posted on Sunday, March 09 @ 07:43:45 UTC by nightowl

As many of us know, change is inevitable in almost every aspect of our lives. Over a period of a year a lot can happen and as such, unforeseen and unexpected situations do occur from time to time. It is with great regret that we announce that Starcastle will not be able to perform due to a Starcastle member dealing with a serious health issue surrounding a family member. We were requested by Starcastle to respect the wishes of the band and not indulge too much information.

In a letter received by Bruce Botts he stated the following:

It is with much regret that Starcastle must withdraw from performing at ROSfest this year due to unforeseen and unavoidable changes in several members' schedules. Further complicating matters, one of the band members is dealing with health issues within his immediate family adding to the strain of travel for rehearsals and performance. Again, we are sorry we cannot perform this year - ROSfest holds a very special place in our hearts and we hope to see everyone there next year.

Starcastle Replaced By GPS

Fortunately for RoSfest we were able to contact GPS, who was happy to step in. GPS is led by front man John Payne whom for the last fifteen years has been one of the creative and driving forces behind the melodic rock band Asia. John Payne has been known for his strong vocals, powerful bass playing and most of all his instinct for extraordinary songwriting and production. When Geoff Downes recently decided to reunite with the original Asia line-up, Payne moved on and soon founded a new group under the moniker of GPS along with remaining Asia sidemen Guthrie Govan - (Guitar), Jay Schellen - (drums and percussion) and together with Spock's Beard keyboardist Ryo Okumoto.

The chemistry in this quartet is spot on, which can clearly be heard in the songs they create and perform. GPS offers demanding and highly melodic, lavish rock music combined with excellent musicianship that delivers the goods in their strong musical performances.

Look for Window To The Soul offerings as well as some Asia tunes to be played at RoSfest and set your GPS on to the Keswick Theater on May 2nd 2008.

So come join the RoSfest family and enjoy this great band.

For a complete bio of the band head over to the RoSfest website and check out the GPS page rosfest.com/Performers-2008/GPS.htm.

[Source: George Roldan & Tom, RoSFest]

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