Sunday, May 7, 2017

Black Star Riders add Black Label Society drummer to lineup

Chad Szeliga / Black Star Riders

Black Star Riders have added former Black Label Society and Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga to their lineup following a recent split with longtime member Jimmy DeGrasso.

Szeliga was confirmed following a series of auditions with several players in Los Angeles last month; the two parties first crossed paths when the Irish rockers were touring North America as Thin Lizzy with Judas Priest in 2012 and Black Label Society were also on the bill.

“I'm delighted to welcome Chad Szeliga to the Black Star Riders family,” says singer Ricky Warwick. “Chad is an amazing drummer, a great guy and will powerfully strengthen BSR's resolve going forward.”

“First, I'm so stoked for one to play with Scott Gorham, an iconic guitar player!,” raves Szeliga. “Second, I can’t wait to play with Damon who is a bad ass on guitar. Lastly, I can't wait to jam with Robbie on bass and we all know who the star is... Ricky who can command a fantastic show and is an amazing front man. Let’s light them up boys!!!!!!!”

Szeliga’s addition comes as Black Star Riders gear up to launch a summer European tour in support of their third album, “Heavy Fire”, in Dusseldorf, Germany on May 24.

The project was recorded just outside Nashville, TN with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon) in 2016.

Black Star Riders recently issued a video for the record’s third single, “Dancing With The Wrong Girl.”

See also:

Black Star Riders release Dancing With The Wrong Girl video
Black Star Riders part ways with drummer
Black Star Riders release Heavy Fire lyric video
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