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Jimmy DeGrasso Drum Camp Announcement!! – Exclusive Discount for Black Star Riders Fans – see bottom of post for details.

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World-renowned, hard rock /heavy metal drumming superstar Jimmy DeGrasso (Black Star Riders/Alice Cooper/Ozzy Osbourne/Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies) will host Jimmy DeGrasso’s “Hard Rock & Everything Else” Drum Camp May 3rd – 5th in Oxnard, California at the world famous Drum Channel Studios and the Courtyard Marriot in nearby Camarillo, California. Presented by MUSO Entertainment, Jimmy DeGrasso’s “Hard Rock & Everything Else” Drum Camp will offer a limited number of students a total of 24 hours of hands-on, intensive playing alongside one of rock’s most prolific players.

Jimmy DeGrasso’s “Hard Rock & Everything Else” Drum Camp offers three, eight-hour days of hands-on drumming in a small-scale classroom setting focusing on rock drumming styles, playing with a click track, double bass techniques, rudiments, linear phrases as well as Jazz/Latin styles. In addition, you will get incredible insight into the dynamics of being in a band, surviving life on the road and Jimmy will demonstrate, teach, and share experiences from decades of drumming with some of the biggest bands and artists in the world.

The first day of camp students will enjoy a VIP guided tour of the Drum Workshop Factory in Oxnard, California and have the rare opportunity to spend an entire rest of the day working on their chops at Drum Channel studios. The following two camp days will be hosted at nearby Courtyard Marriot in Camarillo, CA.

Register now for Jimmy DeGrasso’s “Hard Rock & Everything Else” Drum Camp and receive a free, one-month subscription to DrumChannel.com.

Space is extremely limited to allow Jimmy to personally guide students through exercises that help hone and improve their drumming skills. Throughout most of the camp, students will play alongside Jimmy on their own, individual practice kits and pedals and benefit from the invaluable experience of drumming with a rock drumming legend.

Sponsors include: MUSO Entertainment, Drum Channel.com, Drum Workshop, ProMark, Sabian and Evans Drumheads.

For more information and to register for Jimmy DeGrasso’s “Hard Rock & Everything Else” drum camp, please visit www.muso-mart.com

Black Star Riders Fans can get a $50 Discount on the drum camp by entering the code ‘Black Star Riders’ into the coupon code box at checkout when purchasing a place at Jimmy’s drum camp – see you all there!!

JDG final blog


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Photo by Robert John

BLACK STAR RIDERS, the new band featuring THIN LIZZY members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper / Megadeth), have announced All Hell Breaks Loose as the title of their debut album on Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which will be released worldwide on the following dates:

  • May 21st – Japan
  • May 22nd – Sweden
  • May 24th –  Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway
  • May 27th – U.K., France, BeNeLux, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece
  • May 28th – U.S., Canada, Italy, South America

About the origin of the album title, BLACK STAR RIDERS frontman Ricky Warwick states:

“I was watching a documentary about World War II bombers and saw the name painted on the side of one of the aircraft. The name just resonated with me and it seem to encapsulate the turmoil that we, as a society, are currently experiencing.  The past few years have been such a wild ride and now with the release of the album, it sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what BLACK STAR RIDERS is all about.”

Produced & mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush), the track listing for All Hell Breaks Loose is:

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

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track “Right To Be Wrong” and a “Making of” DVD.

A 24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles can be viewed on YouTube: http://youtu.be/JEx9gD8RPz8

Confirmed festival appearances for BLACK STAR RIDERS include:

  • June 1st   Hi Rock Festival – Inzell, Germany
  • June 2nd  Hi Rock Festival – St. Goarshausen, Germany
  • June 8th   Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, Sweden
  • Nov. 29th  Hard Rock Hell – N. Wales, U.K.

More tour dates to be announced shortly.


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First Merchandise Offerings!

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A special offer to you BSR fans who have been there right from the off. For a limited time, we are offering a special package that includes the new BSR Logo tee PLUS one of the circle logo buttons, all for less then the retail price of the shirt alone! This won’t last long, so order yours today!

New Band! New Album! Touring Plans!

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In October 2012 Thin Lizzy announced that they would not be recording new material under the Thin Lizzy monicker. The last incarnation of the band – Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza – would be looking to form a new project.

Step forward Black Star Riders…

Today sees the announcement of the new band formed by Thin Lizzy alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums (Alice Cooper, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Suicidal Tendencies). The change in personnel came about as Brian Downey didn’t want to commit to the touring cycle a new album would entail and Darren Wharton wanted to concentrate on Dare and other music and film projects.

Black Star Riders is set to enter the studio in Los Angeles in January 2013 to start recording their debut album with the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush). The album will feature material the band wrote whilst touring as Thin Lizzy and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The Black Star Riders record is the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story.

“We are all very excited about the music that we have created for Black Star Riders.  The synergy between the five of us has been phenomenal and I can’t wait for the world to hear these songs.” Ricky Warwick
The new, as yet untitled, album will be released in May 2013 through Nuclear Blast – the label behind acts such as Anthrax, Nightwish and Meshuggah. Black Star Riders are one of the first bands signed by Monte Conner – the former Roadrunner A&R guru who has signed acts such as Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura and Rush. Conner recently joined Nuclear Blast as the president of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a new U.S. partnership he co-founded with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger.
Says Conner: “As a lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, I was floored by this line-up’s new material. Not only do the new songs sound like Thin Lizzy but they sound like CLASSIC Thin Lizzy. Black Star Riders totally captures the essence of what was great about the original band while at the same time adding something totally fresh and modern. Even when I heard the band decided to change their name, my interest in signing them did not waver for one second.”
The band are looking to support their May album release with European festivals shows in the summer of 2013 and follow this up with worldwide touring. The set list will consist of material from the new album and classic Thin Lizzy material.

Classic Rock Magazine has an EXCLUSIVE interview with Black Star Riders in their edition that hits the streets on January 3rd 2013.

Black Star Riders facebook page is www.facebook.com/blackstarridersofficial