Stardust reunion to bring back ‘the good ol’ days’

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Stardust members Ronnie Troesch, left, Joe Vonderheide, Ralph Troesch and Tim Hopper line up for a photo in 1980. The band is reuniting for a show in Fulda this weekend for the first time in 25 years.


FULDA — Those wishing to go back in time to the 1970s, ‘80s or even early ‘90s can do so Saturday at the Fulda Sportsman Club when the band Stardust takes the stage for the first time in more than 25 years.

The band first formed in 1975 as Country Stardust, and through the mid-1990s, played across Dubois, Perry and Spencer counties at weddings, benefits, dances and other parties.

“In the ‘70s, on Friday and Saturday, you could find three bands playing in Huntingburg,” Tim Hopper of Huntingburg said about the area’s music scene. “Just about every town had something.”

Hopper was a guitar player for Stardust through the mid-’80s, and will play Saturday night.

Doors open at the Fulda Sportsman Club at 5 p.m. CT Saturday, and music will begin at 6 p.m. CT. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $10 at the door, and concertgoers will get a free “Troesch Brothers” CD while supplies last. Concessions and soft drinks will be available at the club, and Louie’s Tavern will sell beer (ID required). No carry-in alcohol is allowed.

Hopper’s looking forward to “just having a good time.”

“Just seeing all them guys (fellow band members) and doing what we used to do,” he said, adding that he’s “62 years old, going on 16.”

In 1992, Stardust members Ronnie Troesch, Dean Hanloh, Marvin Troesch, Ralph Troesch and Kevin Kress gathered around "Ol Purple" for a photo.

Fellow band members include Ronnie Troesch, Ralph Troesch, Charlie “Tex” Schnell, Joe Vonderheide, Ron Kemp, Ron Meyer, Gerry Elliot, Marvin Troesch, Art Gasaway, Don Shaeffer, Kevin Kress, Dean Hanloh, Chris Main and the late Alan McKinney.

Ronnie Troesch, 59, of St. Meinrad, is one of the band’s founding members, and described the band’s style as “older country with a little rock ‘n roll.” While they played covers from bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, fans may remember some of their originals like “Easy Lovers” and “Changing Times.”

Even after the band dissolved in 1994, Ronnie and his brother, Ralph, continued to play and make music together. They recorded three CDs, including the “Troesch Brothers.”

Stardust has had two jam sessions leading up to Saturday’s event, and Hopper said it’s amazing, because even though they haven’t played together in years, no one would ever know it.

Ronnie agreed. He said the band spent a lot of time together during their playing days, and while they all still live in the area and keep in touch, Saturday will be a treat — for the band and for their fans.

“We’ll kind of reminisce about all the good ol’ days, getting everybody together,” Ronnie said. “A lot of people followed us. Seeing everybody again, it will be fun.”

Stardust played at the Bunkhouse in Evanston in 1986. The band included Don Schaeffer, Ronnie Troesch and Joe Vonderheide.


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