No disappointments. [K]nowing what these guys are capable of . . . everything holds up with seamless energy. ”
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Today, direct from Hollywood, California at 3 p.m. PACIFIC / 6 p.m. EASTERN / Midnight CET, long-time music journalist & Inside Metal filmmaker Bob Nalbandian will be hosting BLACK STAR RIDERS vocalist Ricky Warwick for a live interview about his prolific career and the band’s second studio album The Killer Instinct, which is due out in North America on February 24th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
The interview can be streamed live on TradioV.com. Fans can call the studio line with their questions: 855-878-4652.
Recorded with heralded producer Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON), The Killer Instinct is a rich collection of story-based tracks (“Soldierstown,” “Finest Hour,” “Blindsided,” “Sex, Guns & Gasoline”) rooted in master craftsman performances by vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson, guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, and bassist Robbie Crane.
Watch the lyric video for the album’s title track + two studio reports on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4brr7vf-P7rdX5OYLLJov84TnTea0Aq
BLACK STAR RIDERS’ second studio album can be pre-ordered from The Killer Instinct Landing Page in the following formats: digi-pak + exclusive band logo t-shirt bundle, jewel case CD, black vinyl LP gatefold, and an exclusive clear vinyl LP gatefold (imported & limited to 300 copies).
The 2-CD digi-pak version includes two bonus tracks and acoustic versions of four album tracks. The track listing is:
01. The Killer Instinct (purchase the single on iTunes)
02. Bullet Blues
03. Finest Hour
05. Charlie I Gotta Go
07. Through The Motions
08. Sex, Guns & Gasoline
09. Turn In Your Arms
10. You Little Liar
01 – Gabrielle
02 – The Reckoning Day
03 – The Killer Instinct (acoustic)
04 – Blindsided (acoustic)
05 – Charlie I Gotta Go (acoustic)
06 – Finest Hour (acoustic)
After their appearance at the U.K.’s Giants Of Rock Festival in February 2015, BLACK STAR RIDERS will co-headline a 16-date tour throughout the U.K. and Ireland with EUROPE beginning in early March 2015. They’ll return to the U.S. to perform on the Monsters Of Rock cruise to the Caribbean in April 2015.
Black Star Riders Announce New Album “The Killer Instinct”
23rd February 2015
UK & Eire Tour – March 2015
Fresh from the critically acclaimed debut album “All Hell Breaks Loose” in 2013, Black Star Riders are set to release a new studio album, “The Killer Instinct”, in February 2015. The album will be followed by a full UK and Eire co-headline tour
The band toured 2013’s “All Hell Breaks Loose” for a year – playing across the globe. October 2014 saw them gather in Nashville, TN and enter the studio with heralded producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon) to start recording the follow up. The result is The Killer Instinct. Ricky Warwick explains, “Life’s not fair, never has been, never will. Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the ongoing pursuit of happiness. Because nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself.” Full tracklisting is as follows
1. The Killer Instinct 6. Blindsided
2. Bullet Blues 7. Through The Motions
3. Finest Hour 8. Sex, Guns & Gasoline
4. Soldierstown 9. Turn In Your Arms
5. Charlie I Gotta Go 10. You Little Liar
The energy in the studio from a year of touring, and Black Star Riders gelling as a creative force has resulted in a truly powerful sophomore effort. From the Irish-tinged rock of “Soldierstown” to the balls-out twin guitar riffing of “Sex Guns & Gasoline”. From the dirty groove of “You Little Liar” to the acoustic “Blindsided”, this is a band coming of age. “The Killer Instinct” will see Black Star Riders cement their place as one of the most exciting contemporary rock acts.
Damon Johnson says, “Nick Raskulinecz came riding out of the sunset like a Viking warrior, with his record collection and arsenal of killer guitars and amplifiers and proved to be the world class producer we had heard so much about. Indeed, the rumors are all true. There’s no doubt that Ricky and I had written a sizable number of songs, but Nick patiently walked through the full song list with the entire band and made sure we focused on the material to best represent Black Star Riders in 2015.“
Black Star Riders head out on a co-headline UK and Eire tour with Europe throughout March 2015. Full dates are:
March 2: Olympia Theatre, Dublin
March 3: Ulster Hall, Belfast
March 5: o2 ABC, Glasgow
March 6: o2 ABC, Glasgow
March 7: o2 Academy, Newcastle
March 8: o2 Academy, Leeds
March 10: Rock City, Nottingham
March 11: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
March 13: Academy, Manchester
March 14: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
March 15: University, Exeter
March 16: o2 Academy, Bristol
March 18: o2 Academy, Bournemouth
March 19: UEA, Norwich
March 20: o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
March 21: o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Tickets are available from all usual outlets
THE AMORETTES are support on all dates except Glasgow March 5th and London March 20th – support on these shows tbc
We are pleased to announce the following two shows as part of the Europe / Black Star Riders Double Headline tour for March 2015.
The dates are as follows:
Dublin Olympia Theatre – Monday March 2nd
Belfast Ulster Hall – Tuesday March 3rd
Tickets available at box offices and all usual outlets from 9am Thursday October 2nd
PLANET ROCK PRESALE NOW ON!!!
Get your tickets here >>> http://ow.ly/ztZNa
Tickets on General sale THIS FRIDAY
A a special offer to all BSR & Europe fans there is a link via Planet Rock NOW and via Glasgow and London direct box offices on Friday where you get a free T-Shirt if you purchase a ticket (for same person) for BOTH Glasgow dates OR BOTH London dates.
Starting with two nights in Glasgow and culminating with two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire the tour, consisting 14 shows, will feature classic tracks from both bands and also music from both acts forthcoming new releases.
EUROPE, featuring all original members, Joey Tempest on Vocals, John Norum on Guitar, Mic Michaeli on Keyboards, John Leven on Bass and Drummer Ian Haugland, with over 20 million albums to their credit, released their last album “Bag of Bones” to mass critical acclaim in 2012.
BLACK STAR RIDERS feature Thin Lizzy members Scott Gorham (Guitar), Ricky Warwick (Vocals) and Damon Johnson (Guitar), alongside drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and new bass player Robbie Crane, released their debut album “All Hell Breaks Loose” in 2013 with a UK national chart placing of number 25 and many publications praising the release and giving it the 2013 Album of the Year accolade.
Both EUROPE and BLACK STAR RIDERS will have new album’s out in early spring 2015.
The tour is presented by Planet Rock and a special presale will take place on Wednesday July 23rd at 9am with General onsale to take place Friday July 25th at 9am through all venue box office and ticket outlets.
For Presale details go to www.planetrock.com
VIP package upgrades (purchase tickets from venue box office in advance) with meet & greets etc will be available for both bands on all dates.
Information to follow shortly.
Guitarist & songwriter Scott Gorham spoke with journalist Tony Conley of Rock Guitar Daily prior to BLACK STAR RIDERS’ recent performance in Sacramento, California. The conversation covered the debut release All Hell Breaks Loose, rhythm guitar playing, Gorham’s current & former gear & band mates, Thin Lizzy, and of course, the band’s new album.
“We’re just trying out wings out here in America to see how the BLACK STAR RIDERS name goes down,” shared Gorham. “That’s why you come out here and do these things. [Y]ou have to get out there and take some hard knocks. It’s a big country. I think we kind of have a point to prove here. We want to get away from the twelve day [recording process] thing, just to see what we can do given the chance to go in and make a proper album – the way we were used to making albums, right? . . . I’ve got a fair few things that I’ve been working on for the last few months. Riffs, chord patterns and all of that. So yeah, we’ll be ready by the time we get in [the studio].”
“It was especially worth noting,” writes Conley, “that I stood almost directly in front of Gorham at the show, and when he made a point with his playing or something someone in the band did that proved a point he had made earlier, he’d give me a glance that said both, ‘See?’ and ‘Did you get that? That’s what I was talking about.’ His hard work, efforts, and his striving to still up his game at 63 are inspiring.”
Read the entire interview here: http://rockguitardaily.blogspot.com/2014/06/scott-gorham-still-proving-it-rock.html.
Be sure to check out Tony Conley’s live review of BSR’s Sacramento show here: http://www.metaltalk.net/columns/20107213.php
BLACK STAR RIDERS just played the Republic of Texas Biker Rally in Austin, Texas and have nine remaining shows on their inaugural tour of the U.S., which include:
6/13/14 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
6/14/14 Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
6/15/14 Workplay Theatre – Birmingham, AL
6/17/14 BB Kings – New York, NY
6/18/14 Toads Place – New Haven, CT
6/19/14 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
6/20/14 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
6/21/14 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
6/22/14 State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
(Click on venue name for pre-sale ticket link.)
BLACK STAR RIDERS videos include:
· “Kingdom Of The Lost (official) – http://youtu.be/–N4ISYI-4c
· “Kingdom Of The Lost” (lyric video) – http://youtu.be/OEWPbi3Jtm4
· “Hey Judas” (official) – http://youtu.be/sUFhANBJPwY
· “Bound For Glory” (lyric video) – http://youtu.be/kq6Z6C3ipMk
This fall, BLACK STAR RIDERS will enter the studio in Dublin, Ireland to start recording their sophomore album, which will be produced by DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott and engineered by Ronan McHugh (DEF LEPPARD).