Black Star Riders

Played 2018

About Black Star Riders

Black Star Riders are a band with a huge pedigree. Featuring lead guitarists Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) and Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper), lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, The Almighty), bassist Robert Crane (Vince Neil, Ratt) and drummer Chad Szeliga (Black Label Society, Breaking Benjamin), the band are in their fifth year and have three albums under their belt.

Formed in 2012 and taking inspiration for their name after a gang of outlaws in the 1993 western film Tombstone, the band quickly signed a record deal with A&R guru Monte Conner’s label, Nuclear Blast Entertainment.  Their debut album, “All Hell Breaks Loose” (produced by Kevin Shirley) was released in May 2013.  The release drew widespread acclaim from the world’s press and fans alike.

2013 & 2014 saw live appearances at the prestigious Download Festival in UK and Sweden Rock Festival in addition to headline tours of Europe, USA & Japan.

The bands second album, “The Killer Instinct”, was released in March 2015 and reached a UK national chart position of number 13.  Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Mastodon, Alice In Chains) in Nashville, the album features Warwick & Johnson as the primary songwriters.  Coupled together with Gorham’s classic ‘Thin Lizzy sound’, Black Star Riders came up with something special.  The album that surpassed the first in press and fan reaction and gaining many 9/10 and 10/10 reviews.

BBC Radio 2, the UK’s most listened to station, continued their support of the band’s releases and playlisted tracks from the album that gained them ‘Record of the Week’ status.

More touring continued into 2015 culminating in a UK arena run with Def Leppard & Whitesnake at the end of that year.

The bands third album “Heavy Fire” was released on February 3rd 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Written and recorded in 2016 with Nick Raskulinecz again at the helm, the two lead singles were Radio 2 playlisted and again made “Record of the week” status.

The album is set for top 10 position in the UK national charts and top 20 in other European countries.  An extensive UK headline tour starts March 2nd and many summer festival appearances are scheduled including the ‘special guest’ slot at the Ramblin’ Man Fair in UK.



What Passengers Think

We signed up for our first RLC Cruise (VI) 15 months in advance and counted down the days the entire time. I worried myself that it couldn’t possibly meet my own mountain-high expectations after that long wait. It absolutely did. Every band that we saw played at an amazing level (and some of them are over 70!). And they cared. These groups love playing this gig. It shows.

The ship and its crew were wonderful. Food was good. We had great weather. And to top it off, the people are amazing! Such a beautiful, hip, relaxed and respectful gathering of rock fanatics. This is truly my tribe and my vibe.

Can’t make RLC VII unfortunately but we’re just waiting for the announcement for RLC VIII later this year. This cruise is rock’s best kept secret.

Peter, New RLC Patron of Rock Peter, New RLC Patron of Rock

We’ve been on cruises before, but this one was so different and so much fun! Leave your dressy clothes at home. Pack your concert T-shirts and you’re good to go. The music is top notch and yes they still sound great!! I feel like it was a once in a lifetime experience (unless I go again).

Kris, Bucket List Kris, Bucket List