Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Black Star Riders welcome new guitarist Sam Wood

Black Star Riders have welcomed new guitarist Sam Wood to their lineup.

The addition of Wood’s addition follows confirmation of the departure of Stone Sour / Corey Taylor guitarist Christian Martucci, who parted the band earlier this year.

Sam Wood, from Wayward Sons, joins the band and his first dates will be the UK shows this coming weekend in London (Earache Records' 35th Anniversary party) and Trecco Bay in South Wales for Planet Rockstock.

“I first saw Sam back in 2019 when Wayward Sons were guests to Black Star Riders and I was absolutely blown away!,” says Ricky Warwick. “I had Sam join me for some Fighting Hearts dates a few months back and knew he was the guy for us. If ever there was a new GUITAR HERO waiting in the wings, then it’s Sam! Black Star Riders have had some of the world’s finest guitar players in their ranks and Sam is truly up there as one of them. We couldn’t be happier!”

The line-up for the two aforementioned shows together with the 10th Anniversary UK tour in February 2023 will see Black Star Riders welcome back guitarist Scott Gorham and original drummer Jimmy DeGrasso for the celebrations.

“We are really looking forward to playing with Scott and Jimmy again and this is the only time you will get to see us all together again for this 10th anniversary of the band,” Warwick adds. “After February, Zak St. John will be with us for all future dates. The set list will be tracks from the new album ‘Wrong Side Of Paradise’ to start the show, then we welcome Scott on stage for the “greatest hits” set to celebrate our 10 years.”

Black Star Riders will release “Wrong Side Of Paradise” on January 20; to date, the group have shared the lead single, “Better Than Saturday Night”, “Pay Dirt” and their cover of the 1972 Osmonds hit, “Crazy Horses.”

Get your copies of the three preview tracks here.

See also:

Thin Lizzy announce expanded Live And Dangerous reissue
Black Star Riders release cover of the 1972 Osmonds hit Crazy Horses
Black Star Riders stream new single Pay Dirt
Black Star Riders preview new album Wrong Side Of Paradise
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