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The Killer Instinct, the sophomore album featuring what Guitar World magazine is calling “burly American musculature” by melodic hard rock super group BLACK STAR RIDERS, is out today!

To celebrate this shining contribution into the chronicles of rock’s inter-generational legacy, RadialLive has released another exclusive, live acoustic track, “Charlie I Gotta Go,” on the Radial Live YouTube channel:

Check out BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson & vocalist Ricky Warwick performing the album’s title track on’s Front Row Exclusive here:

Listen to The Killer Instinct in its entirety with commentary from Ricky Warwick on Spotify:


Left to right: Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham, Jimmy DeGrasso, Ricky Warwick, and Robbie Crane

For a list of music retailers carrying The Killer Instinct, visit


BLACK STAR RIDERS will be playing five U.S. dates (three as special guests to EUROPE) following their appearance on this year’s Monsters Of Rock cruise:

04/23/15  Kewadin Casino – Sault St. Marie, MI

04/24/15  Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI (with EUROPE)

04/25/15  Fineline Café – Minneapolis, MN

04/28/15  House of Blues – Chicago, IL  (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]

04/30/15  Irving Plaza – New York, NY (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]

Pre-sale ticket links are available on the official BLACK STAR RIDERS Facebook page.

The Killer Instinct was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON) and is a perfectly crafted collection of organic & musical short stories seasoned with harmonized guitar riffs, barbed wire choruses, and a level of musicianship that will stand the test of time.  One listen to “Through The Motions,” “Finest Hour,” “Soldierstown,” “Blindsided,” and “Sex, Guns & Gasoline” proves the timelessness of emotions evoked by quality songwriting.

The Killer Instinct features the following all-star line-up of seasoned professionals:

·         Guitarist Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY, 21 GUNS)

·         Vocalist Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY)

·         Guitarist Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, ALICE COOPER, BROTHER CANE)

·         Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, MEGADETH)

·         Bassist Robbie Crane (RATT, LYNCH MOB)

Long-time guitar hero Scott Gorham shares: “THIN LIZZY is a known situation, but with BLACK STAR RIDERS we’re moving into uncharted territory and that’s pretty damned exciting. I’m having more fun playing right now than I have in years.”

Watch the official music video for “Finest Hour” here:

The Killer Instinct can be pre-ordered in multiple formats (domestic, import, and exclusive vinyl) from the album’s landing page & participating U.S. retailers:


BLACK STAR RIDERS’ debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, debuted on the following four American Billboard charts in May 2013: #5 – Heatseekers chart; #15 – Hard Rock Albums chart; #20 – Tastemaker Albums chart; and #35 – Top Independent Albums chart.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS | Official video for ‘Finest Hour’ premieres online!

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BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their forthcoming album The Killer Instinct on the 23rd of February but until then, the band are whetting the appetites of eager fans by releasing the official video for new track ‘Finest Hour’. The track was premiered on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show this morning, followed by another play on Steve LeMacq’s Drivetime Show. Watch the video over on Classic Rock Magazines website, here:

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The second studio album by BLACK STAR RIDERS 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.

The Killer Instinct will be released on the 23rd of February and is available to pre-order in a variety of formats, listed below:


1.The Killer Instinct

2. Bullet Blues

3.Finest Hour

4. Soldierstown

5. Charlie I Gotta Go

6. Blindsided

7. Through The Motions

8. Sex, Guns & Gasoline

9. Turn In Your Arms

10. You Little Liar

Pre-order below:

Amazon –

iTunes –


1.The Killer Instinct

2. Bullet Blues

3.Finest Hour

4. Soldierstown

5. Charlie I Gotta Go

6. Blindsided

7. Through The Motions

8. Sex, Guns & Gasoline

9. Turn In Your Arms

10. You Little Liar

Bonus CD:

1. Gabrielle

2. The Reckoning Day

3.The Killer Instinct (Acoustic)

4.Blindsided (Acoustic)

5.Charlie I Gotta Go (Acoustic)

6.Finest Hour (Acoustic)



Side A

1.The Killer Instinct

2. Bullet Blues

3.Finest Hour

4. Soldierstown

5. Charlie I Gotta Go

Side B

1. Blindsided

2. Through The Motions

3. Sex, Guns & Gasoline

4. Turn In Your Arms

5. You Little Liar

Pre-order below:

Clear vinyl –

Black vinyl –

The release of The Killer Instinct will be followed by a full UK and Eire co-headline tour with Europe throughout March 2015. The dates rack up as follows:

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

Buy tickets:

THE AMORETTES are support on all dates except Glasgow March 5th and London March 20th – support on these shows is TBC.

Watch Damon Johnson and Scott Gorham detail the recording of the new album ‘The Killer Instinct’, working with Nick Raskulinecz and more in the previous album trailers:

Album trailer #1:

Album trailer #2: 

Album trailer #3:

Track by track, part 1:

Track by track, part 2:

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.”