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Black Star Riders

Postby Chris » Thu May 28, 2015 11:24 pm

Black Star Riders – Saturday, July 18 at 5pm

Ricky Warwick – vocals, guitars
Scott Gorham – lead guitar
Damon Johnson – lead guitar
Robbie Crane – bass guitar
Jimmy DeGrasso – drums

Black Star Riders were formed in 2012 by long-time Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham after it was decided that the current members of Thin Lizzy would record a new album. Gorham decided to record under the name Black Star Riders “out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created.” Starting in 2010, Gorham, along with other members of the band, wrote new songs for a possible future Thin Lizzy release. However, Gorham decided to record under a different name “because this band has to stand on its own.” Long time Thin Lizzy members Brian Downey and Darren Wharton decided not to commit to the time and travel that would be required of Black Star Riders if they were going to be successful. Gorham, along with singer Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson, drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, and bassist Marco Mendoza recorded All Hell Breaks Loose in Los Angeles. The band recorded 12 songs in 12 days and released the album in 2013. While the band name was new, the classic Thin Lizzy sound was still apparent in the album. It reached #25 in the UK (#2 on the Rock Chart) behind the single “Bound for Glory.” The band played festivals the summer of 2013 and then went on a worldwide tour, playing most of the new album while also playing some Thin Lizzy staples. With positive response from fans, the band went to work on a 2nd album. Mendoza left the band in May 2014 and was replaced by Robbie Crane. The band’s 2nd album, The Killer Instinct, was released in February 2015. It reached #13 in the UK behind the singles “The Killer Instinct” and “Finest Hour.” The band will be making their first appearance at Moondance Jam at 5pm on Saturday, July 18.

Did You Know?
The name Black Star Riders comes from the gang of outlaws in the 1993 western Tombstone.
Damon Johnson is a founding member of Brother Cane.
He was also a member Alice Cooper’s band from 2004-2007 and of Damn Yankees for a short period.
Ricky Warwick was previously a member of The Almighty.
Gorham is the only member of BSR who appeared on a studio album with Thin Lizzy and is the only member to have played in the band with Phil Lynott.
He was a member of Thin Lizzy from 1974 until the original band broke up in 1983.
Phil Lynott passed away in 1986 from pneumonia and heart failure due to septicemia after years of drug and alcohol abuse. He was only 36.
The band played their first concerts as Black Star Riders on May 30, 2013 in Milton Keynes in England.
They also played the Sweden Rock and Hard Rock Hell festivals that summer.
Kevin Shirley, who had produced Led Zeppelin and Rush, among others, produced the bands' debut album.
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott initially announced he would produce the band’s 2nd album but pulled out due to conflicts with Def Leppard’s schedule.
Robbie Crane has been a member of Ratt and Lynch Mob.
The band will be playing Planet Rockstock in June in Marrakech.
The band played a co-headlining tour of the UK with Europe in March.
The Moondance Jam date is the only US date confirmed by the band this summer.
The band played the Download Festival in 2013 after Buckcherry backed out.
They will be playing the Download Festival again this summer on June 13.
The Killer Instinct was Eddie Trunks Pick of the Week on VH1’s That Metal Show.
Lynott’s mother and widow both objected to Mitt Romney using the song “The Boys are Back in Town” during his election campaign.
Thin Lizzy had 18 songs reach the top 30 in Ireland but only three in the US.
“The Boys are Back in Town” is the band’s highest charting song in the US, reaching #12 in 1976.
That song, along with “Whiskey in the Jar,” hit #1 in Ireland.
John Sykes originally reformed Thin Lizzy in 1996 and brought back long-time members Gorham, Downey and Wharton. Marco Mendoza played bass.
The 2009 version of Thin Lizzy was signed to play Moondance Jam that year.
However, they cancelled their tour after drummer Tommy Aldridge broke his collarbone and John Sykes subsequently left the band.
Gorham reassembled the band in 2010 with Downey, Wharton, Warwick, Mendoza, and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Cambpell.
That version of the band opened for Judas Priest on their 2011 US tour.
Metallica covered Thin Lizzy’s “Whiskey in the Jar” on Garage Inc. in 1998 and still regularly play the song live.
Megadeth covered their song “Cold Sweat” on their 2013 album Super Collider.
The name Thin Lizzy came from a robot character in The Dandy comic book named Tin Lizzie.
The ‘h’ was added as a play on the Irish accent’s often dropping the ‘h’.
Gorham has said that the band will still occasionally go out as Thin Lizzy on tour.
All members of Black Star Riders are from the US except Warwick, who is from Northern Ireland.

May 24 in Gelsenkirchen, German
Bound for Glory
Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)
Kingdom of the Lost
Are You Ready (Thin Lizzy)
Charlie I Gotta Go
Bad Reputation (Thin Lizzy)
Suicide (Thin Lizzy)
All Hell Breaks Loose
Through the Motions
The Boys Are Back in Town (Thin Lizzy)
Finest Hour
Emerald (Thin Lizzy)
The Killer Instinct
Rosalie (Thin LIzzy)
Whiskey in the Jar (Thin Lizzy)

March 21 in London, England
Bound for Glory
Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)
Kingdom of the lost
Charlie I Gotta Go
Hoodoo Voodoo
Are You Ready (Thin Lizzy)
The Boys are Back in Town (Thin Lizzy)
Sex, Guns & Gasoline
Through the Motions
Hey Judas
Emerald (Thin Lizzy)
Finest Hour
Rosalie (Thin Lizzy)
The Killer Instinct
Whiskey in the Jar (Thin Lizzy)

Black Star Riders Albums
2013 All Hell Breaks Loose (#25 UK)
2015 The Killer Instinct (#13 UK)

Black Star Riders Singles
2013 Bound for Glory
2013 Hey Judas
2013 Kingdom of the Lost
2014 The Killer Instinct
2015 Finest Hour

Thin Lizzy UK Album Charts
1975 Fighting #50
1976 Jailbreak #10 (#18 US)
1976 Johnny the Fox #11 (#52 US)
1977 Bad Reputation #4 (#39 US)
1978 Live and Dangerous #2 (#84 US)
1979 Black Rose: A Rock Legend #2 (#81 US)
1981 Chinatown #7
1981 Renegade #38
1983 Thunder and Lightning #4
1983 Life (live) #29

Thin Lizzy Singles Charts (UK/Ireland/US)
1972 Whiskey in the Jar #6/#1/
1973 Randolph’s Tango /#14/
1973 The Rocker /#11/
1976 The Boys Are Back in Town #8/#1/#12
1976 Jailbreak #31//
1976 Cowboy Song //#77
1976 Don’t Believe a Word #12/#2/
1977 Dancing in the Moonlight #14/#4/
1978 Rosalie/Cowgirl’s Song #20/#14/
1979 Waiting for an Alibi #9/#6
1979 Do Anything You Want To #14/#25/#81
1979 Sarah #24/#26/
1980 Chinatown #21/#12/
1980 Killer on the Loose #10/#5/
1981 Trouble Boys #53/#30/
1982 Hollywood (Down on Your Luck) #53//
1983 Cold Sweat #27/#23/
1983 Thunder and Lightning #39/#22/
1983 The Sun Goes Down #52//
1991 Dedication #35/#2/
1991 The Boys are Back in Town (reissue) #63/#16/

Thin Lizzy songs they have been playing live
Are You Ready
Bad Reputation
The Boys Are Back in Town
Whiskey in the Jar

Original Songs
Bound for Glory
Kingdom of the Lost
Charlie I Gotta Go
Hoodoo Voodoo
Sex, Guns & Gasoline
All Hell Breaks Loose
Through the Motions
Hey Judas
Finest Hour
The Killer Instinct

My Take
I remember being completely bummed when Thin Lizzy cancelled Moondance Jam back in 2009. I had been listening to Thin Lizzy for years and I was finally getting a chance to see them live, albeit without the legendary Phil Lynott. I think their Live & Dangerous album is one of the finest live albums ever released and I couldn’t wait to hear those songs on the jam stage. The live combo of "Cowboy Song" into "The Boys Are Back In Town" would have been absolute bliss! Well, due to a variety of problems the band had to cancel and I was never able to see them live. Fast forward to today and I am equally excited to see Black Star Riders. At first I was skeptical when the band decided to record under a new name but this band completely blows me away with their sound that still harkens back to their Thin Lizzy roots but also expands into new territory. I truly believe if current hard rock radio would just give them a chance, the band could have a string of Mainstream Rock hits today. I’m actually surprised that Thin Lizzy was not as popular in the US as I had figured back in their heyday. They only had 3 top 100 hits in the US while having 18 in both the UK and their homeland of Ireland. I rank them right up there with other big name classic rock bands of the 70’s. The US largely missed out on their greatness. It is a shame that Lynott battled drugs and alcohol and died at such a young age. Really any incarnation of the band since his death has been a tribute so I fully agree with the band recording as a new band yet still celebrating the music of Thin Lizzy. If you haven’t listened to BSR yet, I strongly encourage you to give them a listen. Songs like “Kingdom of the Lost,” “The Killer Instinct,” “Bound for Glory,” and many others are great rock songs that all jam fan should enjoy. For me, they are #2 on my list of bands I can’t wait to see at this year’s jam and the only reason they aren’t #1 is because Peter Frampton is on the bill and I’m pretty sure I’ve made myself clear on what I think of Peter Frampton! While I’m excited to hear BSR on the jam stage, I am even more excited that their appearance is bringing longtime jammer Ian back to Moondance Jam for the first time in way too many years. He has been touting BSR (and Thin Lizzy before that) every since they formed and I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t first hear of Moondance Jam from him! It is going to be great to have him back at the jam and it would not have happened had Black Star Riders not signed. I can’t wait to watch this show with Ian!

Read Ian’s review of The Killer Instinct:
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Re: Black Star Riders

Postby IanR » Fri May 29, 2015 2:32 am

Good write up Murph. Just a quick note though, Mr Downey didn't come across from Lizzy with the others mainly because he couldn't or didn't want to commit to the amount of touring involved with the new band. Everyone in BSR is American, except for Ricky, but he spends a lot of time in California now, so almost has dual nationality. If you look at their tours since they came about, they have been all over the world, and Brian didn't want to be involved in that. He's a Dublin lad born and bred, and enjoys his home comforts lol.
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Re: Black Star Riders

Postby Reddog » Sat May 30, 2015 6:58 am

Right on Chris! Thin Lizzy is one of my all time favorite bands. In fact, Jailbreak was in the stack of the first 5 albums I ever bought with my own money. I remember the day Phil passed away, I locked myself in my room and did nothing but play my bass all day. Super excited to see them...finally!

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