Monday, June 6, 2022

Black Star Riders preview new album Wrong Side Of Paradise

Black Star Riders are streaming a video for “Better Than Saturday Night”, as the first preview to their forthcoming album, “Wrong Side Of Paradise.”

Featuring Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on backing vocals, the tune is the lead track from the band’s fifth album, which was recorded in the autumn of 2021 at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA and Toochtoon Sound in Redmond, OR with producer and longtime BSR associate, Jay Ruston.

“’Better Than Saturday Night’” is a feel-good, uplifting tune about staying strong in the face of adversity, being true to yourself, and the power of positivity,” says Ricky Warwick. “I wrote it for my kids, but subliminally I think I also wrote it for myself and everyone for those days when we need to find a little bit of extra strength.

“We wanted to reflect the positivity, power, attitude and strength to endure sentiment in the lyrics of the song. And no better way to do that than Black Star Riders rockin’ out with the Los Angeles Roller Derby Dolls.”

Due January 20, 2023, “Wrong Side Of Paradise” features the lineup of Warwick, bassist Robert Crane, guitarist Christian Martucci and drummer Zak St. John, and marks the group’s first studio set since the 2021 departure of guitarist Scott Gorham, who led the band through a transition from Thin Lizzy to Black Star Riders in 2012.

In addition to the new record, Black Star Riders will mark its release on a 10th anniversary UK tour next February.

“Can you believe 2023 is 10 years of Black Star Riders … How time flies while you are having fun!,” explains Warwick. “We decided to do something special to commemorate this occasion. For the UK tour only, to coincide with the album’s release, we will be bringing back the legendary Scott Gorham (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) for the dates to make them extra special!

“As we all know the Worldwide pandemic has changed so many things in all our lives and when we brought Christian Martucci into the fold in 2018 we had planned to work the BSR cycle in rotation with Christian’s Corey Taylor / Stone Sour gig so he could do both. The two year break in live music has unfortunately put paid to this plan and Christian has had to leave Black Star Riders to concentrate on his work with Corey. We wish him all the best and he will forever remain part of the BSR family.”

Black Star Riders will start the UK series in Nottingham on February 13, 2023 in a tour package that includes very special guests Michael Monroe and Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons.

Tickets are available on general sale Thursday, June 9 at 10 am.

Black Star Riders
10th anniversary

UK Tour 2023

Feb 13 – Nottingham @ Rock City
Feb 15 – Norwich @ UEA
Feb 16 – Ipswich @ Corn Exchange
Feb 17 – Manchester @ O2 Ritz
Feb 18 – Wolverhampton @ KK's Steel Mill
Feb 19 – Leeds @ O2 Academy
Feb 21 – Cardiff @ Tramshed
Feb 22 – Bristol @ O2 Academy
Feb 23 – Glasgow @ SWG3
Feb 24 – Newcastle @ O2 City Hall
Feb 26 – London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Black Star Riders
“Wrong Side Of Paradise”

Release date: January 20, 2023

01. Wrong Side Of Paradise
02. Hustle
03. Better Than Saturday Night
04. Riding Out The Storm
05. Pay Dirt
06. Catch Yourself On
07. Crazy Horses
08. Burning Rome
09. Don't Let The World
10. Green And Troubled Land
11. This Life Will Be The Death Of Me

See also:

Thin Lizzy stream 1978 performance of Bad Reputation
Thin Lizzy to release documentary and 1978 concert film package
Black Star Riders share new album update
Scott Gorham details Black Star Riders exit and Thin Lizzy relaunch
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