"She was a party animal"… "She was the Manc Madonna"… "She was star material from the off"… "You'd see her on Market Street in Manchester on Saturday afternoon, full of whisky just shouting at everyone"… "Pretty dark shit, man…"
Those who were around Madchester back in the day have lined up tributes to Tracy Star – everyone from John Robb to Dave Haslam to Clint Boon, Jah Wobble, Mike Joyce and Bonehead. She was one of those who exploded out of the Hacienda scene, and then, well…the name sounds familiar but she's kind of hard to recall….
Not to worry, the `Manc Madonna' is being brought back to lurid life this week via Stella Grundy in her new one woman show, The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star.
Stella knows a bit about stardom, having blitzed it with top band Intastella back in those same daze. More recently she's been blitzing the stage with the sell out, critically acclaimed Nico Icon play, as well as doing loads of community drama and film work in Salford and beyond.
In Rise and Fall, Stella portrays the life and times of Tracy Star, from wanting to emulate her hero David Bowie, to being slap bang in the middle of the Madchester scene with all the hopes, let downs, highs, lows and big gobbed tossers that entailed. It's comic, it's tragic. And it's got some brilliant new songs stuffed in there too.
If Nico Icon was anything to go by, this is definitely not one to be missed. Tracy Star - does the name ring a bell yet? It will do…
See the ace YouTube video for Now And Then, complete with Ordsall graffiti wall in the background – click here
The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star
Friday 6th September – Friday 13th September
Kings Arms, Studio One
11 Bloom St, Salford, M3 6AN
7:30pm tickets £7.50 no concessions – click here to buy
For further information see also www.stellaproductions.co.uk
See also Tracy Star Fanzine site on Facebook
Full Salford Star review of Rise and Fall - click here