Founded in Champaign, Illinois, USA in 1972 and disbanded in 1987. Reformed in 1997 and active until 2007. Reformed again in 2018.

Starcastle is a well known USA band, but sadly they are better known for cloning YES, what is a real shame, because they are talented musicians that could easily be making albums with their own ideas and style.

The history of Starcastle goes back to 1968, when Steve Hagler (guitar), Mike Castlehorn (Drums) and Paul Tassler (bass guitar) formed ST. JAMES, a cover band that had some success playing in local pubs and bars. Soon after Herb Schildt joined the band and with a keyboardist they were ready for greater things, but tragedy hit them, Mike Castlehorn died in a car accident and was replaced by Steve Tassler.

After years of practicing and writing new material, Starcastle released their eponymous debut in 1976, and even when they were cataloged as YES clones, the band was well received in USA and Canada.

Despite having several lineup changes, Starcastle managed to release three more albums, "Fountains of Light" (1977), "Citadel" (1977) and the mainstream oriented "Real to Reel" in 1978, after that, the band disbanded, but had several reunions for short periods.

In 2004 the band decided to make a tribute for Gary Strater who had pancreatic cancer since 2003. They performed together with Gary (this was his last performance with the band). Gary passed away a year later, but not before recording enough material for their last record called "Song of Times" that was released in 2007.


PEA 33914 Starcastle - Starcastle album art Starcastle Starcastle (Album) Epic PEA 33914 US 1976 Sell This Version
RL 10-76 Starcastle - Give Us A Wink / Starcastle album art Sweet* / Starcastle Sweet* / Starcastle - Give Us A Wink / Starcastle(LP, Transcription) Afrts RL 10-76 US 1976 Sell This Version
PE 34935 Starcastle - Citadel album art Starcastle Citadel (Album) Epic, Epic PE 34935 US 1977 Sell This Version
S EPC 81665 Starcastle - Fountains Of Light album art Starcastle Fountains Of Light (Album) Epic S EPC 81665 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
EPC 82916 Starcastle - Real To Reel album art Starcastle Real To Reel (Album) Epic EPC 82916 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
RMED00705 Starcastle - Alive In America album art Starcastle Alive In America (Album) Renaissance Records (3) RMED00705 US 2006 Sell This Version
PRR380 Starcastle - Song Of Times album art Starcastle Song Of Times (Album) ProgRock Records PRR380 US 2007 Sell This Version