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BLACK STAR RIDERS Live Performance followed by signing at HEAD

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BLACK STAR RIDERS are back in the saddle again & will perform an intimate acoustic set at Head – Castle Court Shopping Centre, Belfast on the 3rd March – Tuesday at 2pm.

Entrance to the free event is limited & you will need to pop into the store to pick up a ticket.

On 23 February 2015, the band’s second album, »The Killer Instinct«, is released via Nuclear Blast. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH, MASTODON, ALICE IN CHAINS), »The Killer Instinct«, is hard rock in the classic tradition. And as guitarist Scott Gorham says: “We’re so confident about this album. It’s a step up in the evolution of BLACK STAR RIDERS.”

It was in 2012 that BLACK STAR RIDERS was formed by  members of THIN LIZZY – including  Scott Gorham, lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick and co-lead guitarist Damon Johnson .Former MEGADETH and ALICE COOPER drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and ex-Ratt bassist Robbie Crane complete  the current line-up. The band’s debut album »All Hell Breaks Loose« was released in 2013, and drew widespread acclaim in Classic Rock, MOJO, Metal Hammer and Kerrang!

Head “we are really looking forward to welcoming a band with such great recognition in the music industry to the store – having that ‘Thin Lizzy DNA’ play instore is a great honour for us and should be a tremendous event for the fans.”

Meet BLACK STAR RIDERS at Head – Tuesday 3rd March at 2pm. The New Album with be Released on the 23rd February at Head. Available to Pre Order on CD, 2CD & Vinyl now. To be sure of entrance pick up your ticket from Head straight away……

HEAD BELFAST Unit 28 Castlecourt Belfast BT1 1DD 

02890 237226 Twitter: @headbelfast


Litterboxx Podcast welcomes Damon Johnson & Ricky Warwick

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Katy Irizarry & Zeena Koda of the Litterboxx Podcast welcome Damon Johnson & Ricky Warwick to Episode 10 (BSR audio begins @ the 30:36 mark).

Find out the backstory on how the band got hooked up with producer Nick Raskulinecz, the skinny on Nick’s dream band, and the new BSR album, The Killer Instinct.


Mark Strigl of TALKING METAL welcomes Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson

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Mark Strigl of TALKING METAL welcomes Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson of BLACK STAR RIDERS for this episode.

Interview topics include the new BSR album The Killer Instinct (to be released in North America on Feb 24, 2015), Nick Raskulinecz, Robbie Crane, Thin Lizzy, Def Leppard, Brother Cane, Jimmy DeGrasso, and the possibility of continuing on without Scott Gorham.

The interview with Ricky & Damon begins at the 14 minute mark.  Listen to the audio interview here:



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MUSIC ENTHUSIAST Magazine interviews Ricky Warwick & Damon Johnson (with several laughs!):


ROCK GUITAR interviews Damon Johnson:

The Killer Instinct is BLACK STAR RIDERS’ sophomore release, recorded in conjunction with new producer Nick Raskulinecz, and this record sees the ante upped – their debut album set the bar high with its great selection of songs and performances, but after a lengthy stint on the road and a second trip into the recording studio, BLACK STAR RIDERS have emerged as a much stronger and cohesive unit.”

 – interviews Ricky Warwick:

Warwick has a powerful momentum going for him, and he is not looking back.”

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“Simply one of the best hard rock bands currently residing & working on this planet. This is the first great album I’ve heard in 2015 . . . it’s gonna be a tough one to beat.”


“BLACK STAR RIDERS are keeping the classic rock sound very much alive. Bravo to them.”




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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  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:


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).

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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

04. Soldierstown

05. Charlie I Gotta Go

06. Blindsided
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”

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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



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BLACK STAR RIDERS add Irish shows on their tour with EUROPE!!

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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