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Watch out! The Croatian rock/metal quintet RAPID STRIKE are ready for their ‘big jump’. After crazy and fierce club and festival shows they have started recording their brand new, self-titled album which will be out worldwide in the first half of 2014. Their first Japanese tour is scheduled for the beginning of November and the band is more than ready to give a blazing and fierce demonstration of pure Croatian rock and metal music to their fans in Osaka, Sendai, Imaike, Fukuoka, Tokio… Right after their Japanese adventure, they will play 4 shows with true rock legends – Black Star Riders – on their 2013 European tour. “Playing before your idols is always a challenge and responsibility”, says Hrvoje, the guitarist and founder of Rapid Strike. Copenhagen, Kolding, Cologne and Vosselaar with Black Star Riders and London gig in December will be their last tour dates before the New Year. Watch out! Be ready for RAPID STRIKE!
Find more about Rapid Strike on their official websites:



Tanja Melanie Hrvat – Vocals

Hrvoje Madiraca – Guitars

Ante Pupačić Pupi – Guitars

Dean Brkić Clea – Bass

Ivan Nižetić – Drums


BLACK STAR RIDERS are pleased to announce Russian band REDS’COOL as special guest act

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BLACK STAR RIDERS are pleased to announce Russian band REDS’COOL as special guest act on the following dates:


Wed/Oct-23 Munich, Germany Backstage
Thu/Oct-24 Ludwigsburg, Germany Rockfabrik
Fri/Oct-25 Telfs, Austria Rathaussaal Telfs
Sat/Oct-26 Nurnberg, Germany Hirsch
Mon/Oct-28 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7 Club
Tue/Oct-29 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp
Wed/Oct-30 Berlin, Germany Postbahnoff
Thu/Oct-31 Krakow, Poland Studio
Sat/Nov-02 Dortmund, Germany FZW
Sun/Nov-03 Zoetermeer, Holland Boerderij
Tue/Nov-05 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
Wed/Nov-06 Aarhus, Denmark Train
Thu/Nov-07 Malmoe, Sweden KB
Fri/Nov-08 Gotenburg, Sweden Sticky Fingers
Sat/Nov-09 Skovde, Sweden Valhall
Sun/Nov-10 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis
Mon/Nov-11 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller
Tue/Nov-12 Bergen, Norway Ricks Theater
Wed/Nov-13 Stavanger, Norway Folken
Sat/Nov-16 Helsinki, Finland Virgin Oil


The Reds’Cool debut album “Attraction”released in 2011 was a ten track affair recorded at band’s own studio SPACEX, with mastering done in Helsinki at FINNVOX Studios by legendary Mika Jussila. The song “One night” was a massive radio hit which topped the charts.


A new album titled “Bad Story” is released October 18th 2013, featuring nine tracks produced, mixed and mastered by Michael Wagener (DOKKEN, ACCEPT, MOTLEY CRUE, GREAT WHITE, METALLICA, ALICE COOPER, W.A.S.P., POISON, STRYPER, WHITE LION, etc.)


Having already shared the stage with bands such as Gotthard, Joe Lynn Turner, Whitesnake, W.A.S.P, Alcatrazz, Gorky Park, Doro Pesch, Royal Hunt, Kingdom Come, Lordi, Grave Digger, and Lake of Tears, Glenn Huges, Royal Hunt, UDO & UFO, the band are looking forward to touring around Europe with Black Star Riders.


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Black Star Riders announces THE GLORIA STORY on upcoming European Tour:

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Black Star Riders are pleased to announce that Swedish rockers THE GLORIA STORY will open up on the following dates on the upcoming BSR European Tour:

Wed/Nov-06                         Aarhus, Denmark                               Train

Thu/Nov-07                           Malmoe, Sweden                               KB

Fri/Nov-08                              Gotenburg, Sweden                         Sticky Fingers

Sun/Nov-10                           Stockholm, Sweden                           Debaser Medis

Mon/Nov-11                         Oslo, Norway                                      Rockefeller

Tue/Nov-12                           Bergen, Norway                                Ricks Theater

Wed/Nov-13                         Stavanger, Norway                           Folken

Sun/Nov-17                           Copenhagen, Denmark                   Amager Bio

Mon/Nov-18                         Kolding, Denmark                              Godset

An additional Special Guest Act will be announced shortly on these shows also.

The Gloria Story’s official website is:

The Gloria Story is a mashup of punk rock attitude with 70’s hard rock energy – always with a dark twist and a catchy analogue sound. Their debut album “Shades of White” instantly hit the #1 spot on Swedish rock charts upon it’s release in 2011. The band has also been awarded with a platinum disc for their hit single “OH NO (2010)”. On their latest effort “Born to Lose (2013)” you will find a dirtier, more bass driven and heavier sounding The Gloria Story. No ballads, no fillers, no AoR. Just catchy punk rock melodies over chewy riffing. The concept of mixing party oriented, lo-tech rock and roll with pure entertainment has made The Gloria Story into one of the most promising Swedish touringmachines in recent years. It’s all about reinventing the sounds of the 70’s, and stopping at nothing to give their audience a great show.



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BLACK STAR RIDERS will be embarking on a full scale UK and Ireland tour this November/December with Special Guests The Dead Daisies and support from Western Sand on all dates except Nov 29th.

THE DEAD DAISIES formed around the nucleus of Australians Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix/Mink), the powerful musical collective is completed by a lineup that speaks volumes. They include Charley Drayton (The X-pensive Winos/The Cult), Richard Fortus (Guns ‘N’ Roses/Thin Lizzy), Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) and Dizzy Reed (Guns ‘N’ Roses).

Marco Mendoza “We came across The Dead Daises when we were touring Australia and what a great band they are. I was lucky enough to play with them on their Aus tour with Aerosmith and again on the Uproar Tour in the US. It’s a pleasure to have them out with us in the UK!”

Ricky Warwick “We are all looking forward to having The Dead Daisies out with us. Its also going to be great to be on the road with Richard Fortus again.”

WESTERN SAND are four-piece southern hard rock revival band from Bournemouth, UK.

BLACK STAR RIDERS featuring THIN LIZZY members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper / Megadeth), will be touring in support of All Hell Breaks Loose which was released in the UK through on Nuclear Blast Entertainment on the 27th May 2013.

Confirmed headline and festival appearances for BLACK STAR RIDERS in 2013 include the below.

  • Friday 22nd Nov O2 Academy, Bournemouth
  • Saturday 23rd Nov O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
  • Monday 25th Nov O2 Academy, Bristol
  • Tuesday 26th Nov Junction, Cambridge
  • Wednesday 27th Nov UEA, Norwich
  • Friday 29th Nov Hard Rock Hell 6, Wales – FESTIVAL CO-HEADLINE
  • Saturday 30th Nov Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
  • Sunday 1st Dec Solus/University, Cardiff
  • Monday 2nd Dec O2 Academy, Oxford
  • Tuesday 3rd Dec O2 Academy, Liverpool
  • Thursday 5th Dec Ironworks,Inverness 
  • Friday 6th Dec Picturehouse, Edinburgh
  • Saturday 7th Dec O2 Academy, Newcastle
  • Sunday 8th Dec O2 Academy, Leeds
  • Tuesday 10th Dec The Assembly, Leamington Spa
  • Thursday 12th Dec Rock City, Nottingham
  • Friday 13th Dec Ritz, Manchester
  • Saturday 14th Dec Academy, Dublin, EIRE
  • Sunday 15th Dec Limelight, Belfast 

Tickets for headline shows are priced 22.50GBP / 25.00 GBP London (subject to booking fees) – Dublin is E25. Tickets are available on general sale through all normal outlets.

VIP Packages available for all shows – including meet and greet and special acoustic performance –via the VIP package link at:


Scott Gorham will be appearing live as Johnnie Walker’s guest at the Edinburgh Fringe this Saturday!

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Scott Gorham will be appearing live as Johnnie Walker’s guest at the Edinburgh Fringe this saturday! Come out and see Johnnie interview Scott live. Come on out and be a part of the Fringe!

The show is as follows:

Johnnie Walker’s Guest Night – with Scott Gorham

Saturday 17th August, 6.15pm

New Town Theatre, Freemason’s Hall, 94 George Street, Edinburgh

Tickets and info here:

Twitter: @newtownedfringe and @piratejw


Black Star Riders nominated Best Album at Classic Rock Roll of Honour – VOTE TODAY!

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Black Star Riders have been nominated as Best Album at this year’s Classic Rock Roll of Honour.












Orange Amplification Presents The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in association with enters its ninth year and is proud to announce the first of this year’s winners: Black Sabbath as Living Legends. The biggest award of the night will be presented to the Godfathers of Heavy Metal at London’s Roundhouse on Tuesday, November 14.

Also, this year’s proceedings will be brought to a close by Suffolk’s finest glam-rockers, The Darkness. Justin and co. will wrap up the evening with their high-octane theatrical rock in front of an audience of the great and good of the music world.

Classic Rock has also announced its shortlist for the coveted reader-voted categories for this year’s Roll Of Honour, and fans can cast their all-important vote now at

Speaking in his own inimitable way about the Living Legend award, Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne says: “It’s good to be a living legend. It’s better than being a dead one.” Following their triumphant return to the top of the album charts with their first release with Ozzy in three-and-a-half decades, the band are being hailed by critics and fans alike. The CRROH Living Legend Award will be the icing on the cake of the Brummies’ all-conquering return. Joining Ozzy to collect the award will be fellow band members Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi.

The Living Legend Award has become one of the most highly coveted awards in the music industry. It is only ever awarded to those artists who have truly cemented their place in the rock pantheon – with past winners including ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page, Lemmy and Iggy Pop. This year Ozzy Osbourne picks up his second title – he won as a solo artist in 2008 – alongside his bandmates.

Rock has hit the headlines even more this year with groundbreaking gigs and tours including the Rolling Stones returning to Hyde Park and headlining Glastonbury, Bon Jovi helping out the Spanish and European economies with cheap tickets on sale, Status Quo hitting the silver screen, Pink Floyd’s one million plays on Spotify and of course the unexpected return of David Bowie. This year’s Roll Of Honour will doubtless cause a few more headlines!

MD of Team Rock Chris Ingham says: “It’s been another amazing year for high-voltage rock’n'roll and Classic Rock is honoured to be hosting our annual awards show at the Roundhouse again. We’re delighted to welcome Black Sabbath to collect our Living Legend Award. It’s wholly deserved as not only do they have a career to celebrate, but Ozzy, Geezer and Tony blasted back with a brilliant new album in 2013 that reminded us all how it should be done. Rest assured, the Roll Of Honour will be another great night of rock’n'roll celebration and moving speeches, and will close with a live set from The Darkness that will no doubt need to be seen to be believed!”

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of the most highly respected ceremonies of the music year and always attracts the biggest names in the world of rock. Recognition at this must-attend event is the pinnacle of every musician’s career as they join the list of past winners.

This year’s awards will again be held at the legendary Roundhouse in Camden, London on Thursday November, 14

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Classic Rock premieres the latest video from Black Star Riders – “Hey Judas”


Classic Rock is proud to premiere the latest video from Black Star Riders. View Hey Judas below.

It’s taken from their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose, which was released to acclaim last week, and which Classic Rock debuted.

Despite only have just begun their recording career, frontman Ricky Warwick says they’re in for the long haul, with more studio sessions an important part of the plan. He reports: “Kevin Shirley captured an energy and attitude that does not sound like anyone else. Yes, we have a connection to Thin Lizzy – but I do think we have a unique sound, which I really love and I don’t see the point of changing that.

“I like to think we’ll keep recording the best songs we can, keep the sound that we have and try to develop it even more.”

All Hell Breaks Loose is on sale now via Nuclear BlastiTunes and Amazon. BSR play the Download Festival this weekend and tour the UK and Ireland later in the year.

All Hell Breaks Loose tracklist

01. All Hell Breaks Loose
02. Bound For Glory
03. Kingdom Of The Lost
04. Bloodshot
05. Kissin’ The Ground
06. Hey Judas
07. Hoodoo Voodoo
08. Valley Of The Stones
09. Someday Salvation
10. Before The War
11. Blues Ain’t So Bad

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Black Star Riders Announce Download Festival Appearance 2013!!


Black Star Riders are pleased to announce their addition to this year’s Download Festival line up.

The band, featuring Ricky Warwick (Vocals), Scott Gorham (Guitar), Marco Mendoza (Bass) and Damon Johnson (Guitar) from the last Thin Lizzy line up, together with Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth / Alice Cooper) released their debut album “All Hell Breaks Loose” on Nuclear Blast Entertainment Worldwide last week to phenomenal critical acclaim and a UK National album chart debut at 25.

The band play the festival on Saturday June 15th on the main stage and take the slot previously allotted to US band Buckcherry, who cancelled their performance for reasons beyond their control.

Download Promoter Andy Copping “The BSR Machine is going from strength to strength and when the opportunity of a slot became available it was a no brainer who should be offered it …and we are very happy to have Black Star Riders on the bill this year”

Ricky Warwick “Download is one of my favourite festivals and to be added to the main stage bill for this year with such a fantastic line up ….well to say we are ecstatic is an understatement.  It’s going to be a great day and thanks to all the support from everyone that’s contributed to our success to date”

Tickets are still available for this years event at in both weekend and one day formats.