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Guitarist & songwriter Scott Gorham spoke with journalist Tony Conley of Rock Guitar Daily prior to BLACK STAR RIDERS’ recent performance in Sacramento, California.  The conversation covered the debut release All Hell Breaks Loose, rhythm guitar playing, Gorham’s current & former gear & band mates, Thin Lizzy, and of course, the band’s new album.

“We’re just trying out wings out here in America to see how the BLACK STAR RIDERS name goes down,” shared Gorham. “That’s why you come out here and do these things. [Y]ou have to get out there and take some hard knocks.  It’s a big country.  I think we kind of have a point to prove here. We want to get away from the twelve day [recording process] thing, just to see what we can do given the chance to go in and make a proper album – the way we were used to making albums, right? . . . I’ve got a fair few things that I’ve been working on for the last few months. Riffs, chord patterns and all of that. So yeah, we’ll be ready by the time we get in [the studio].”

“It was especially worth noting,” writes Conley, “that I stood almost directly in front of Gorham at the show, and when he made a point with his playing or something someone in the band did that proved a point he had made earlier, he’d give me a glance that said both, ‘See?’ and ‘Did you get that? That’s what I was talking about.’ His hard work, efforts, and his striving to still up his game at 63 are inspiring.”

Read the entire interview here:

Be sure to check out Tony Conley’s live review of BSR’s Sacramento show here:

BLACK STAR RIDERS just played the Republic of Texas Biker Rally in Austin, Texas and have nine remaining shows on their inaugural tour of the U.S., which include:

6/13/14   Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK

6/14/14   Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
6/15/14   Workplay Theatre – Birmingham, AL
6/17/14   BB Kings – New York, NY
6/18/14   Toads Place – New Haven, CT
6/19/14   The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
6/20/14   Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

6/21/14   Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

6/22/14   State Theatre – Falls Church, VA

(Click on venue name for pre-sale ticket link.)

Purchase the debut album – featuring artwork by renowned American pin-up artist Gil Elvgren – on the All Hell Breaks Loose Landing Page:


videos include:

·         “Kingdom Of The Lost (official) ––N4ISYI-4c

·         “Kingdom Of The Lost” (lyric video) –

·         “Hey Judas” (official) –

·          “Bound For Glory” (lyric video) –

This fall, BLACK STAR RIDERS will enter the studio in Dublin, Ireland to start recording their sophomore album, which will be produced by DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott and engineered by Ronan McHugh (DEF LEPPARD).



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Please note that tonight’s Black Star Riders show in Birmingham has had it’s stage time changed. Things are being moved up 30 minutes. So the new schedule is as follows:

Opening act: 7:30pm

Black Star Riders: 8:45pm




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Black Star Riders announce the departure of bass player Marco Mendoza after the band’s current US tour, ending June 22nd and the arrival of new bassist, Robbie Crane.


Marco, a founding member of Black Star Riders, has decided to pursue other projects after potential conflicts in schedules.


His replacement will be Robbie Crane (formerly of Ratt, Vince Neil and Lynch Mob).


Scott Gorham ‘I am very sad to see Marco go. We have been together in a band now for almost 20 years and Marco is my brother and we wish him well for the future. It’s an amicable parting of ways and we all respect that Marco wants to do other projects outside of Black Star Riders and there just isn’t time to do both’


Ricky Warwick ‘Marco will always be part of the BSR family and a true friend of ours.  We are very happy to introduce Robbie Crane to everyone as the new BSR bass player. The guy killed the audition and we can’t wait to get on stage with him on our Euro run starting mid July and then of course in the studio in the Autumn for the recording of the second Black Star Riders Record’


Marco Mendoza ‘I loved my time in Black Star Riders and want to thank all the fans for making the last year on road so successful. I am sorry to be leaving the band but I feel it’s time for me to pursue other avenues, some of which I have already been working with, all of which I am very excited about. I wish the guys all success in the future and I am very happy that my friend Robbie Crane will continue to blaze with BSR’


But exciting things are ahead with the addition of veteran bassist Robbie Crane.  “I am very excited to be a part of the Black Star Riders family.  As a long time fan of their music, I am thrilled to be a part of the band”.


Black Star Riders
(Featuring Ricky Warwick – Vocals, Scott Gorham & Damon Johnson, Guitars, Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums and Robbie Crane – Bass)  play the following dates in July and August:


July 18th – UK – Holmfirth, Picturedrome

July 19th – UK – Eddw Vale, Steelhouse Festival

July 20th – UK – Brighton, Concorde 2

July 22nd – UK – Northampton, Roadmenders

July 23rd – UK – Leicester, Academy

July 24th – UK – Guildford, G Live

July 25th – Germany – Bochum, Zeche

July 26th – Sweden – Falkenberg, Falkenberg RockFest

July 27th – Germany – Berlin, C-Club

July 29th – Germany – Munich, Free & Easy / Backstage Werk

July 30th – Germany – Saarbrucken, Garage

July 31st – Germany – Geiselwind, Bike & Music Weekend

August 1st – Germany – Wacken, WOA Festival

August 2nd – Sweden – Rejmyre, Skogsrojet Festival

August 3rd – Sweden – Helsingborg, Tivoli

August 5th – UK – Preston, 53 Degrees

August 6th – UK – Buckley, Tivoli

August 7th – UK – Birmingham, Asylum

August 8th – Sweden – Gavle, Getaway Rock Festival

August 9th – Norway – Alesund, Back in the Fields Festival


The Band then head into the studio to record the follow up to the 2013 release ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ for Nuclear Blast Entertainment.


The album, as yet untitled, will be scheduled for release in February 2015, with European and US tours to follow with other territories the band has not played as yet the first time around.