Friday, August 22, 2014

Black Star Riders lose Def Leppard singer as producer for sophomore album

Thin Lizzy-offshoot Black Star Riders have announced a change in producers for their sophomore album following news that Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has had to drop out of the project.

“It is with great reluctance that I have had to pull out of the production job for the BSR 2nd album,” explains Elliott, currently on a summer tour of North America with KISS. “When I agreed to do it after a great meeting with the boys, it was at was at a time when Def Leppard weren’t exceptionally busy. Things changed & I found myself in a situation where the amount of time I could allocate to the album would not have done justice to the record or the band. They deserve someone who can do the job without rushing it or having to bail out half way through due to other commitments.”

“I KNOW they’re are going to make a great 2nd album & maybe sometime down the road we can revisit the idea of working together again,” he continued. “Myself, Ricky & Scott have a very long standing & firm friendship which goes back decades!! I wish them nothing but the best & much success with the new album.”

“Joe is like a member of the family,” added singer Ricky Warwick. “I was very excited by the prospects of Joe working with us on the new record. But sometimes things happen that we cannot control. I know we will work with Joe in the future.”

Black Star Riders released their debut, “All Hell Breaks Loose”, in 2013.

Taking over the production duties for album number two will be Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked on projects with such artists as The Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush and Mastodon.

"I was a fan of the first album, and I'm really excited about the songs they've written for their new record,” said Raskulinecz. “I'm really looking forward to getting into the studio with them to help bring those songs to life."

Black Star Riders will enter the studio in September to start recording their follow up release.

The new, as yet untitled, album will be released in the spring of 2015.

The band have already announced dates for a spring 2015 UK tour with Europe.

The 14-show run starts March 5 in Glasgow and will wrap up with two shows in London in late March.

The concerts will feature classic tracks from both bands and also music from both acts’ forthcoming new releases.

See also:

Black Star Riders announce UK tour
Black Star Riders welcome new bassist
Black Star Riders announce more US dates
Black Star Riders announce more US dates
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