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BLACK STAR RIDERS WELCOME CHAD SZELIGA

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Black Star Riders are proud to announce that their new drummer is Chad Szeliga.
Chad, formerly with Breaking Benjamin and Black Label Society amongst others, first came to Ricky, Scott & Damon’s attention in 2012 when Thin Lizzy were touring North America with Judas Priest and Black Label Society were also on the bill.

After auditions last month in Los Angeles with some incredible drummers, Chad was chosen to take up the drum stool position for Black Star Riders.

Ricky Warwick ‘I’m delighted to welcome Chad Szeliga to the Black Star Riders family…Chad is an amazing drummer, a great guy and will powerfully strengthen BSR’s resolve going forward.’

Scott Gorham ‘Just wanted to say that I’m really looking forward to getting up onto the stage with our new drummer Chad. This guy is one killer player. See you all on tour’

Damon Johnson chimes in, “Chad is a monster musician and a quality human being. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to our band and to show off his skills to Black Star Riders fans worldwide.”

Robert Crane added, “Chad’s a badass!…Great energy and a cool hang… Looking forward to working together”

Chad, “First, I’m so stoked for one to play with Scott Gorham, an iconic guitar player! Second, I can’t wait to play with Damon who is a bad ass on guitar. Lastly, I can’t wait to jam with Robbie on bass and we all know who the star is… Ricky who can command a fantastic show and is an amazing front man. Let’s light them up boys!!!!!!!”

Black Star Riders start their summer European Tour in Dusseldorf on May 24th. 2017.

Tour dates are below:

May 24, Wednesday   Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi-Electric Hall
May 25, Thursday     Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
May 27, Saturday     Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival
May 28, Sunday    Berlin, Germany – Tempodrome
May 29, Monday   Dresden, Germany – Junge Garde
May 30, Tuesday     Leipzig, Germany – Parkbuhne
May 31, Wednesday   Nuremberg, Germany – Hirsch
 
June 1, Thursday  Leiden, Holland – Nobel
June 2, Friday      Rostock, Germany – Messehalle
June 3, Saturday   Hamburg, Germany – Mehr Theater
June 5, Monday   Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
June 7, Wednesday   Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 10, Saturday   Twistringen, Germany – Ziegelei Open Air
June 16, Friday       Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Festival 
June 17, Saturday   Nickelsdorf, Austria – Nova Rock Festival  
June 18, Sunday     Clisson, France – Hellfest
June 21, Wednesday   Freiburg, Germany – Jazzhouse
June 23, Friday     Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
June 24, Saturday   Fredrikstag, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival
June 25, Sunday   Hinwil, Switzerland – Rock the Ring Festival
 
July 2,  Sunday     Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona RockFest 2017
July 8,  Saturday   Weert, Holland – Bospop Festival
July 23, Sunday     Stuttgart, Germany – Winterbach Festival
July 29, Saturday   Maidstone, U.K. – Ramblin’ Man Fair

Black Star Riders third album “Heavy Fire” was released in early 2017. It went to #6 in the UK and #11 in the German album charts and received widespread critical acclaim.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS | PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR ‘DANCING WITH THE WRONG GIRL’

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U.S./Irish hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS released their hotly-anticipated third album Heavy Fire on the 3rd of February via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Fresh off their extensive run of the UK and Ireland, the band return with a music video for new single, ‘Dancing With The Wrong Girl‘.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick explains about the track, “The greatest lie we can endure is from our own denial, sometimes two wrongs can make it alright.”

The video was filmed in East London’s neon-clad Gods Own Junkyard and was directed by Louis Catlett. Check out the video here: LINK TBC

BLACK STAR RIDERS are special guests at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair taking place on July 29th. For more info and tickets visit: http://www.ramblinmanfair.com/

Order your copy of Heavy Fire:

Limited Edition Orange and clear vinyl from the Nuclear Blast UK Store: http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireNBUK

Limited Edition Digibook CD, CD, Vinyl & Vinyl Pic Disc from Amazon.co.uk: http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireAmzUK

Digital Album from iTunes: http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireIT

 

More from ‘Heavy Fire‘:

‘Heavy Fire': https://youtu.be/GzATJV-qnOM

‘Testify Or Say Goodbye': https://youtu.be/SvcNNeiMl90

Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/PXFHrJfMtVY

Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/NHb15oJTD8s

Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/yWm1diFNtK4

Trailer #4: https://youtu.be/xp_4OMk6T5U

Trailer #5: https://youtu.be/LNG0Zy6-2KE

When The Night Comes In‘ lyric video: https://youtu.be/aR-w6_IH7hE

From the immediate riffs of album opener ³Heavy Fire² to the instant hooks of first single ³When The Night Comes In², from the dirty bass groove of ³Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed² to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on ³Testify Or Say Goodbye², Heavy Fire is an album that will further cement BSR¹s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.

Black Star Riders and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso have decided to part ways

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In a mutual decision, Black Star Riders and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso have decided to part ways. The band wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for the great albums, killer shows and good times together. The new drummer will be announced shortly.

 

Black Star Riders start their summer European Tour in Dusseldorf on May 24th. 2017 European Tour dates are below

May 24, Wednesday   Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi-Electric Hall

May 25, Thursday     Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle

May 27, Saturday     Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival

May 28, Sunday    Berlin, Germany – Tempodrome

May 29, Monday   Dresden, Germany – Junge Garde

May 30, Tuesday     Leipzig, Germany – Parkbuhne

May 31, Wednesday   Nuremberg, Germany – Hirsch

 

June 1, Thursday  Leiden, Holland – Nobel

June 2, Friday      Rostock, Germany – Messehalle

June 3, Saturday   Hamburg, Germany – Mehr Theater

June 5, Monday   Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik

June 7,  Wednesday   Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival

June 10, Saturday   Twistringen, Germany – Ziegelei Open Air

June 16, Friday       Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Festival 

June 17, Saturday   Nickelsdorf, Austria – Nova Rock Festival  

June 18, Sunday     Clisson, France – Hellfest

June 21, Wednesday   Freiburg, Germany – Jazzhouse

June 23, Friday     Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival

June 24, Saturday   Fredrikstag, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival

June 25, Sunday   Hinwil, Switzerland – Rock the Ring Festival

 

July 2,  Sunday     Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona RockFest 2017

July 8,  Saturday   Weert, Holland – Bospop Festival

July 23, Sunday     Stuttgart, Germany – Winterbach Festival

July 29, Saturday   Maidstone, U.K. – Ramblin’ Man Fair

Black Star Riders third album “Heavy Fire” was released in early 2017. It went to #6 in the UK and #11 in the German album charts and received widespread critical acclaim.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS | PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR ‘TESTIFY OR SAY GOODBYE’

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BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their forthcoming album Heavy Fire on the 3rd of February 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band premiere the new video for second single, ‘Testify Or Say Goodbye’.

Frontman Ricky Warwick comments on the track:

“Power, glory, rock n roll with a whole lotta soul..
You gotta testify or say goodbye
Tell me no secrets, tell me no lies
Get up on the stand look me straight in the eye
You gotta testify or say goodbye … Kinda says it all really !!!”

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/SvcNNeiMl90

The track was originally premiered as a world exclusive on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show – listen back here.

Pre-order Heavy Fire:
Limited Edition Orange and clear vinyl from the Nuclear Blast UK Store: http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireNBUK
Limited Edition Digibook CD, CD, Vinyl & Vinyl Pic Disc from Amazon.co.uk: http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireAmzUK
Digital Album from iTunes: pre-order now and get the tracks ŒWhen The Night Comes In¹ and ‘Testify Or Say Goodbye’ instantly:
http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireIT

ICYMI:
Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/PXFHrJfMtVY
Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/NHb15oJTD8s
Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/yWm1diFNtK4
‘When The Night Comes In’ lyric video: https://youtu.be/aR-w6_IH7hE

From the immediate riffs of album opener “Heavy Fire” to the instant hooks of first single”When The Night Comes In”, from the dirty bass groove of”Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed” to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on”Testify Or Say Goodbye”, Heavy Fire is an album that will further cement BSR’s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.

Following on from their critically acclaimed albums”All Hell Breaks Loose” and”The Killer Instinct” which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognised as a power force in the modern day of Rock n’ Roll,”Heavy Fire” will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band have also brought in Pledgemusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album’s release.

Tracklistings below:

CD
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me

The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Bonus Track
11. Fade

Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
Side One
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
Side Two
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me

After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden¹s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.

Dates for Black Star Riders 2017 UK & Ireland Tour are:

W/ Gun and The Amorettes (below)
Thursday 2nd March Tramshed, Cardiff
Friday 3rd March William Aston Hall, Wrexham
Saturday 4th March Academy, Dublin
Sunday 5th March Limelight, Belfast
Tuesday 7th March Ironworks, Inverness
W/ Backyard Babies and Gun (below)
Wednesday 8th March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*
Thursday 9th March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*
Friday 10th March O2 Academy, Newcastle*
Saturday 11th March O2 Academy, Leeds*
Sunday 12th March O2 Ritz, Manchester*
Tuesday 14th March Rock City, Nottingham
Wednesday 15th March UEA, Norwich
Thursday 16th March O2 Academy Bristol*
Friday 17th March O2 Kentish Town Forum, London*
Saturday 18th March O2 Institute, Birmingham*
Sunday 19th March O2 Academy, Bournemouth*

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

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Heavy Fire Released: 3rd February 2017 UK & Eire Tour – March 2017

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New single “When The Night Comes In” lyric video available here

https://youtu.be/aR-w6_IH7hE

Nuclear Blast are pleased to announce the release of Black Star Riders third studio album, “Heavy Fire”, in February 2017. The band will support the album with a full UK and Eire tour in March 2017.

The band previous album, “The Killer Instinct”, was released in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim and went on to score multiple radio playlists. A solid year of worldwide touring culminated in December 2015 in an UK arena tour alongside Def Leppard and Whitesnake.

2016 saw the band return to the studio with “The Killer Instinct’s” producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon), at his studio just outside Nashville. The resultant album is Black Star Riders most accomplished work to date. From the immediate riffs of album opener “Heavy Fire” to the instant hooks of first single “When The Night Comes In”, from the dirty bass groove of “Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed” to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on “Testify Or Say Goodbye”, this is an album that will further cement BSR’s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.

“Angst, passion, power, glory, love, truth, lies, loyalty, questions that begged to be answered. There’s a guitar army coming…and it’s bringing the ” Heavy Fire”” – Ricky Warwick (vocals), Black Star Riders.

“”Not many new bands get to record three albums these days. Without doubt this is BSR’S best album so far. We had a great time recording it and can’t wait to play the new songs live on tour in March.” – Scott Gorham (guitars), Black Star Riders

Following on from their critically acclaimed albums ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ and ‘The Killer Instinct’ which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognized as a power force in the modern day of Rock n’ Roll, ‘Heavy Fire’ will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment.  The band have also brought in Pledgemusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album’s release.

Formats: Limited Edition Digibook CD (inc bonus track), CD, Vinyl, Vinyl Pic Disc, Digital Album

Mail order: Limited Orange & Clear Vinyl

Tracklistings below: 

CD

1. Heavy Fire

2. When The Night Comes In

3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl

4. Who Rides The Tiger

5. Cold War Love

6. Testify Or Say Goodbye

7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed

8. True Blue Kid

9. Ticket To Rise

10. Letting Go Of Me

 

The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus

Bonus Track

11. Fade

Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl

Limited Edition Picture Disc

Side One

1. Heavy Fire

2. When The Night Comes In

3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl

4. Who Rides The Tiger

5. Cold War Love

 Side Two

1. Testify Or Say Goodbye

2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed

3. True Blue Kid

4. Ticket To Rise

5. Letting Go Of Me

Pre Order links here:

Limited Edition Orange and clear vinyl – http://www.nuclearblaststore.co.uk/shop/nuclearblast/products.php?cat=4206

Limited Edition Digibook CD, CD, Vinyl & Vinyl Pic Disc @ Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=black+star+riders+-+heavy+fire

 

Digital Album @ iTunes – pre-order now and get the track ‘When The Night Comes In’ instantly:

http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireIT

After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders  (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden’s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.

Dates for Black Star Riders 2017 UK & Ireland Tour are:

W/ Gun and The Amorettes (below)

Thursday 2nd March Tramshed, Cardiff

Friday 3rd March William Aston Hall, Wrexham

Saturday 4th March Academy, Dublin

Sunday 5th March Limelight, Belfast

Tuesday 7th March Ironworks, Inverness

W/ Backyard Babies and Gun (below)

Wednesday 8th March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*

Thursday 9th March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*

Friday 10th March O2 Academy, Newcastle*

Saturday 11th March O2 Academy, Leeds*

Sunday 12th March O2 Ritz, Manchester*

Tuesday 14th March Rock City, Nottingham

Wednesday 15th March UEA, Norwich

Thursday 16th March O2 Academy Bristol*

Friday 17th March O2 Kentish Town Forum, London*

Saturday 18th March O2 Institute, Birmingham*

Sunday 19th March O2 Academy, Bournemouth*

Tickets are onsale now. For Ticket Info please visit www.blackstarriders.com

* Tickets from ticketweb.co.uk

“Heavy Fire” is released through Nuclear Blast on the 3rd February 2017.

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Black Star Riders Announce New Tour For 2017

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BSR 2017 UK Tour ArtworkBlack Star Riders are hitting the road next year with a comprehensive UK tour in support of their new album ‘Heavy Fire’, set for release in early 2017.

After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders  (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden’s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.

Ricky Warwick says, “It seems like ages since we did the Leppard / Whitesnake tour so we are all really looking forward to be back out on the road with BSR.  Our third album will be out just prior to the dates so its going to be great to play tracks from that along with favorites from the first two records also.  Having my old friends from Backyard Babies, Gun and The Amorettes out with us too is just icing on the cake to make a great tour!”

The band are currently in the studio in Nashville, once again with producer Nick Raskulinecz putting the finishing touches to ‘Heavy Fire’. Scott Gorham says, “It’s great to be back with Nick, after such a great job on The Killer Instinct it was a no brainer to continue the relationship and this album is going to blow everyone away”.

Following on from their critically acclaimed albums ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ and ‘The Killer Instinct’ which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognized as a power force in the modern day of Rock n’ Roll, ‘Heavy Fire’ will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment.  The band have also brought in Pledgemusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album’s release.

Dates for Black Star Riders 2017 UK & Ireland Tour are:

W/ Gun and The Amorettes

Thursday 2nd March Tramshed, Cardiff

Friday 3rd March William Aston Hall, Wrexham

Saturday 4th March Academy, Dublin

Sunday 5th March Limelight, Belfast

Tuesday 7th March Ironworks, Inverness

W/ Backyard Babies and Gun

Wednesday 8th March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*

Thursday 9th March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)*

Friday 10th March O2 Academy, Newcastle*

Saturday 11th March O2 Academy, Leeds*

Sunday 12th March O2 Ritz, Manchester*

Tuesday 14th March Rock City, Nottingham

Wednesday 15th March UEA, Norwich

Thursday 16th March O2 Academy Bristol*

Friday 17th March O2 Kentish Town Forum, London*

Saturday 18th March O2 Institute, Birmingham*

Sunday 19th March O2 Academy, Bournemouth*

Tickets are not on sale till Sept 9th 10am via Planet Rock (www.planetrock.com) and general on sale on Sept 16th 10am (ticket links to follow).

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Christmas Shows Announced!

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Click here to buy tickets!

 

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Planet Rock Presents

BLACK STAR RIDERS

UK Christmas Shows December 2015

Black Star Riders are set to cap a hugely successful 2015 with two headline shows in the UK in December 2015. These shows are in addition their guest slot on the fast selling Def Leppard/Whitesnake double bill in the same month.

 

The headline dates are as follows

Fri 11th December 2015 London, Shepherds Bush Empire

Thurs 17th December 2015 Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall

Tickets for London are priced £27.50 (subject to booking fee). Guest Acts: Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwarz, Geyser (feat. Al Murray)

Tickets for Wolverhampton are priced £24.50 (subject to booking fee). Guest Acts: Toseland, Leogun

Planet Rock presale starts at 10am GMT Wednesday 30th September 2015 via www.planetrock.com

General sale following at 10am Friday 2nd October 2015 through

London – www.ticketweb.co.uk 0844 477 2000

Wolverhampton – www.wolvescivic.co.uk 0870 320 7000

2015 saw Black Star Riders release a new studio album, “The Killer Instinct”, to follow their 2013 debut “All Hell Breaks Loose”. Produced by Grammy winning Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Mastodon) the album was released to widespread worldwide critical acclaim. The album also received major support at UK radio – with singles playlisted on BBC Radio 2 in addition to Planet Rock. March 2015 saw the band complete a sold out UK and Eire tour culminating in two nights at the iconic Shepherds Bush Empire. The band have since played to packed crowds across Europe throughout 2015.

Website: www.blackstarriders.com   

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlackStarRidersOfficial

For further info please contact:

National Duff @ Duff Press – duff@duffpress.co.uk – mob: +44 (0) 7904 385308 / office: +44 (0) 20 7736 7611

Regional Valeria @Duff Press – valeria@duffpress.co.uk – mob: +44 (0) 7449 705650

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“[The Killer Instinct]’s a cooker. You’ll be pumping your fist in no time. Mr. Lynott would be proud.” – VINTAGE GUITAR Magazine

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Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

A few years ago, a rejuvenated lineup of Thin Lizzy hit the road, earning great acclaim thanks to longtime Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham, singer Ricky Warwick (The Almighty), and later, co-riffer Damon Johnson (Brother Cane). When it came to recording a studio album on their own, they renamed themselves Black Star Riders and now offer up their second album. It’s a cooker. The blistering opener, “The Killer Instinct,” is right in the Thin Lizzy pocket with guitar harmonies, off-beat chord hits, and a Phil Lynott-styled delivery from Warwick (who also adds acoustic guitar here and there).

Gorham takes the guitar lead in his trademark melodic style and you’ll be pumping your fist in no time. “Finest Hour” is a radioready rocker with Johnson’s hot fret work, while “Bullet Blues” is a stomper reminiscent of the ’76 track “Rocky.” “Soldierstown” brings the classic “Emerald” to mind, but it’s all in good spirit and, surely, Black Star Riders wears its Lizzy heritage proudly. Considering that the original band’s last album was released in ’83, you have to commend BSR for keeping alive the spirit of this Irish institution. Mr. Lynott would be proud. – Pete Prown