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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:

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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.”

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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.