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Black Star Riders – Acoustic Show at PMT, Manchester: 13th March 2015

I’ve been very lucky recently, in that last month a friend won tickets to see Thunder play an acoustic show at PMT (which stands for Professional Musical Technology) store in Manchester and then only last week another friend, Arwel, won tickets for the Black Star Riders acoustic show at the same venue. These select shows areBlack Star Riders I’ve been very lucky recently, in that last month a friend won tickets to see Thunder play an acoustic show at PMT (which stands for Professional Musical Technology) store in Manchester and then only last week another friend, Arwel, won tickets for the Black Star Riders acoustic show at the same venue. These select shows are only for around 100 winners and are held inside the store, which is a reasonable sized Warehouse packed full of guitars, drum kits and all sort of musical paraphernalia. A small stage is set up at the rear of the shop with standing room in front for the select few who have been lucky enough to win tickets. With these event being held at lunchtime it’s even feasible to nip out of work in a lunch hour, I was out just over an hour but luckily I work flexible working hours. Black Star Riders were formed in 2012 by members of Thin Lizzy who wanted to record and release new material but under a different name. It’s a stellar line-up including guitarist Scott Gorham who, although not a founder member, has been in Thin Lizzy since 1974 and vocalist Ricky Warwick who was […]

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Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (Second Opinion)

Internationally acclaimed music legends Black Star Riders’s ten track “second album, The Killer Instinct, is released via Nuclear Blast. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Rush), The Killer Instinct is hard rock in the classic tradition.” In 2012, the band was formed, and contains three former members of Thin Lizzy: guitarist Scott Gorham, lead vocalistInternationally acclaimed music legends Black Star Riders‘s ten track “second album, The Killer Instinct, is released via Nuclear Blast. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Rush), The Killer Instinct is hard rock in the classic tradition.” In 2012, the band was formed, and contains three former members of Thin Lizzy: guitarist Scott Gorham, lead vocalist and guitarist Ricky Warwick, and guitarist Damon Johnson. “New bassist Robbie Crane has fitted in seamlessly as the perfect replacement for Marco Mendoza.” Rounding out the band’s lineup is drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Megadeth, Alice Cooper). Nick Raskulinecz and the band have produced an album which strives to give a little more depth to the band’s core sound. Excellently engineered, mixed and mastered, The Killer Instinct is a fairly even-tempered, loud beast, with very nice depth and sound balance. With three guitarists (two credited as “lead” and “co-lead”) in the mix, you’d expect some paint-peeling crazy stuff to happen, correct? The sound is surprisingly simplistic. There are plenty of instrumental breaks, nice solos, and wonderful harmonic overlays, but the disc doesn’t come across the speakers as a “heavy metal triple axe attack”. Instead, it mostly presents itself as a relaxed pace, middle-of-the-road hard rock album, with […]

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Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct. First Opinion.


@planetmosh reviews The Killer Instinct by .@BlackStarRiders on .@nuclearblasteu.

When Damon Johnson and Ricky Warwick were writing their previous album, All Hell Breaks Loose, they were unsure whether it was going to be a Thin Lizzy album or something else, something that rose from the ashes of Lizzy. This time around, and with a couple of years of playing@planetmosh reviews The Killer Instinct by .@BlackStarRiders on .@nuclearblasteu. When Damon Johnson and Ricky Warwick were writing their previous album, All Hell Breaks Loose, they were unsure whether it was going to be a Thin Lizzy album or something else, something that rose from the ashes of Lizzy. This time around, and with a couple of years of playing as Black Star Riders under their belt, there’s no such confusion. They will always retain something of Thin Lizzy in their sound, but there are expectations that go with that name and the freedom from that pressure shows in the obvious enjoyment with which they perform on The Killer Instinct. With the decision made to become Black Star Riders in 2012, and with the addition of former Megadeth and Alice Cooper drummer Jimmy de Grasso, All Hell Breaks Loose became a debut album rather than the next in a huge catalogue. Fast forward to the present and there have been more changes. Bass player Marco Mendoza makes way for new member Robbie Crane. The backbone remains though, in songwriting partners Johnson and Warwick, and original Lizzy member Scott Gorham. This cohesion, two years of touring as Black Star Riders and learning how to leave […]

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Marco Mendoza leaves Black Star Riders

Black Star Riders + Support – Photo Gallery – Belfast – 15/12/2013
Black Star Riders have announced the departure of bass player Marco Mendoza following the band’s current US tour, which ends on June 22.

Mendoza has decided to pursue other projects, after potential conflicts in schedules. His replacement will be Robbie Crane (pictured right), formerly of Ratt, Vince Neil and Lynch Mob.

BSR guitarist Scott Gorham said: “IBlack Star Riders have announced the departure of bass player Marco Mendoza following the band’s current US tour, which ends on June 22. Mendoza has decided to pursue other projects, after potential conflicts in schedules. His replacement will be Robbie Crane (pictured right), formerly of Ratt, Vince Neil and Lynch Mob. BSR guitarist Scott Gorham said: “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.” Frontman Ricky Warwick added: “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.” Mendoza commented: “I loved […]

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