Finally a band does it right! Black Star Riders! Crucial vocalist dead, they actually change the name!!! This is the latest line up of Thin Lizzy with their recent singer but…they’ve become a new band. Kudos! Ricky Warwick (The Almighty) sings along with Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper, Brother Cane) and Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Ted Nugent). Hey, Jerry Only…change the name of your fake Misfits and people might stop the hate!
With all due respect to the awesome William DuVall and Alice In Chains (who sound great), that band still maybe should’ve had a new name. Could just be my opinion but I think some singers are too distinctive. I do strongly disagree that Black Sabbath aren’t as good without Ozzy, as every era of Sabbath has something to offer (though SEVENTH STAR really should’ve been called an Iommi solo album, much as I love Glenn Hughes).But c’mon…no Lizzy without Phil. No Doors without Jim.
Check out the new Black Star Riders song “Bound For Glory” here. It’s rich and full of dueling guitars, working class street vibe and lots of heart. The essence of Lizzy, really. The debut record is out May 28 via Nuclear Blast and is called ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE (haha, Misfits pop into my head again).
“The BLACK STAR RIDERS record is wholly and completely influenced by THIN LIZZY, by, specifically, the classic line-up of the band between 1974 and 1980,” says Johnson, a southerner, once a member of Alice Cooper’s band along with DeGrasso and leader of the effusively regarded Brother Cane. “That’s the line-up fans gravitated towards the most. It’s that period of time creatively that had the biggest impact, the most staying power. It’s certainly the stuff that changed my life, long before I ever dreamt of meeting Scott Gorham and Brian Downey. So once I joined THIN LIZZY and the discussion of writing came up, obviously I was elated, because it was an open palette.“