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Black Star Riders getting ready to dominate with upcoming album as recording continues (video)

by on Jan.18, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Black Star Riders getting ready to dominate with upcoming album as recording continues (video)

Black Star Riders, the new band formed by Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) and new addition Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Y&T, David Lee Roth, Suicidal Tendencies) on drums, have been recording their first album in Los Angeles since the first week of January with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush, Black Country Communioin, Joe Bonamassa). The band have consistently posted updates from the process, which you can watch below.

The new Black Star Riders album  is expected to be ready for a May release via Nuclear Blast. Warwick got the name of the band from an outlaw gang in the 1993 western movie 'Tombstone'. The release will feature material the band wrote while touring as Thin Lizzy. Back in October, Thin Lizzy announced that they would not be recording new material under that name, with the last lineup of the band: Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Warwick, Johnson and Mendoza.

Downey and Wharton subsequently decided to not become involved with Black Star Riders. Downey didn't want to commit to the extensive touring the band will undertake, and  Wharton wanted to concentrate on DARE and other music and film projects.

"Brian and Darren just don't want to be on the road 150 days a year. anti that's completely understandable," Warwick told Classic Rock Magazine. "But we do. We work well together, and there's no better man than Jimmy to gel it together. This is a kick-ass band."

Damon Johnson explains the roots of a new track, "Hoodoo Voodoo." "Thin Lizzy was the music of my life, especially those great guitar parts," says Johnson from the studio. "There was something about this riff that very much sounds like it could have been on 'Johnny The Fox' or 'Bad Reputation.' I had this moment in there today when we were tracking it and Scott and I were like standing right in front of each other…his vibrato is one of the greatest of all time and I've totally tried to emulate Scott my whole life…and I had this moment of 'holy sh*t, I'm in the studio with Scott Gorham, playing a lick that I came up with one morning that sounds just like Thin Lizzy.'"

Warwick hints at the storyline of their track Kingdom Of The Lost, calling it a “Celtic folk-rock song” about “trying to find yourself while you’re wandering the world. Being Irish, being away from home, then this character gets home and realises it wasn’t what he wanted.”

The album is going to be amazing, and is at the top of my list of most anticipated new albums for 2013. This shit is going to ROCK!!

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Former Thin Lizzy members form new project: Black Star Riders

by on Dec.20, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Former Thin Lizzy members form new project: Black Star Riders

Thin Lizzy announced in October that they would not be recording new material under the Thin Lizzy monicker. The last incarnation of the band - Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza – would be looking to form a new project. Step forward BLACK STAR RIDERS…

Today sees the announcement of the new band formed by Thin Lizzy alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums (Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Y&T, David Lee Roth, Suicidal Tendencies). The change in personnel came about as Brian Downey didn’t want to commit to the touring cycle a new album would entail and Darren Wharton wanted to concentrate on Dare and other music and film projects.

Black Star Riders is set to enter the studio in Los Angeles in January to start recording their debut album with the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush, Europe, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion). The album will feature material the band wrote whilst touring as Thin Lizzy and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The Black Star Riders record is the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story.

"We are all very excited about the music that we have created for Black Star Riders. The synergy between the five of us has been phenomenal and I can't wait for the world to hear these songs." Ricky Warwick

The new, as yet untitled, album will be released in May through Nuclear Blast – the label behind acts such as Anthrax, Nightwish and Meshuggah. Black Star Riders are one of the first bands signed by Monte Conner – the former Roadrunner A&R guru who has signed acts such as Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura and Rush. Conner recently joined Nuclear Blast as the president of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a new US partnership he co-founded with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger.

Says Conner: “As a lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, I was floored by this line-up’s new material. Not only do the new songs sound like Thin Lizzy but they sound like CLASSIC Thin Lizzy. Black Star Riders totally captures the essence of what was great about the original band while at the same time adding something totally fresh and modern. Even when I heard the band decided to change their name, my interest in signing them did not waver for one second.”

The band are looking to support their May album release with European festivals shows in the summer of 2013 and follow this up with worldwide touring. The set list will consist of material from the new album and classic Thin Lizzy material.

The band's facebook page is active and The official Black Star Riders website will be active on December 24th at

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Rock Picks of the Week: The Rolling Stones, Soundgarden, Stone Sour, Charm City Devils, Hinder, The Treatment

by on Dec.04, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: The Rolling Stones, Soundgarden, Stone Sour, Charm City Devils, Hinder, The Treatment

The Rolling Stones kick off Rock Picks of the Week with their new tracks from the 'Grrr!' Greatest Hits 1962-2012 collection. 'Doom and Gloom' and 'One More Shot' are both impressive new music returns from the icons of rock.

The band have released an impressive video clip for 'Doom and Gloom', which not only is musically relevant and a great representation of the Stones in 2012, it has a message behind the music for this day and age. The video even features zombies and some nudity...nice!It also features actress Noomi Rapace, who has starred in 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' 'Prometheus' and 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.'

'One More Shot' is the other new track from the 'Grrr!' Greatest Hits collection, and although it doesn't carry the same aggression as 'Doom and Gloom', it is still some great new Stones music.

The Stones has played the first two of five '50 and Counting' shows at the O2 Arena in London, being joined by former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Florence Welch and Mary J. Blige. The mini-tour continues with U.S. shows on Dec. 8th at Brooklyn's Barclay Center and Dec. 13th and 15th at Newark's Prudential Center. The Dec. 8th concert will feature guests Gary Clark Jr. and Mary J. Blige. The final concert will air live at 9pm ET as a pay-per-view special.

Soundgarden's first single, 'Been Away Too Long,' from their new album 'King Animal,' the long-awaited follow-up to 1996's 'Down on the Upside,' is a quality, solid lead track from the band we have all wanted new material from for so long. Soundgarden have released new material since reuniting in 2010, with retrospective disc 'Telephantasm' and last year's live release Live on I-5, as well as contributing the single 'Live To Rise' from the soundtrack for the 2012 blockbuster 'The Avengers,' but this is a true full-lengthed return from the Seattle rockers.

The intense video for 'Been Away Too Long' was directed by the bands’ art director Josh Graham and filmed in New York City at the iconic Abandon Palace. It's matches the track intensity, with a quality, compelling video in it's own right. The band have announced Winter 2013 North American tour dates including two-night engagements in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, as well as shows in Chicago, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Boston and Detroit. For the first time since the band reunited with their surprise show at the Showbox, they will also be playing 2 shows in their hometown of Seattle.

The always interesting and rocking Corey Taylor is back with the latest Stone Sour offering 'Absolute Zero' and 'Gone Sovereign' While 'Absolute Zero' has gone to #1 on the active rock charts in the U.S., the track is meant to be heard together with 'Gone Sovereign,' which has also charted on its own. Check out the video for the tracks together below.

The tracks come from the new album "House Of Gold And Bones - Part 1", the first half of Stone Sour's two-disc concept album. The second half is expected to be released in May.

Skid Row's Rachel Bolan plays bass on the album, and Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio how that came together. "I'm well-documented being a huge Skid Row fan. I can't remember who brought the name up, but I immediately was like, 'Dude, absolutely.' We knew somebody who had his number, so I called him and within 24 hours he was basically getting ready to do it. And he's just one of the coolest dudes on the planet and he schooled it. People are going to be very impressed by the bass playing." Bolan was unable to join Stone Sour on tour because of his previous commitments to Skid Row.

Stone Sour are touring Europe, and have dates booked into next June, but not U.S. dates have been scheduled as of yet. Let's hope we get some in the gaps of the Euro dates. Congrats on the #1 track Stone Sour!

Baltimore rockers Charm City Devils are back in rock picks with 'Unstoppable,' from their latest albums 'Sins.' The anthemic track is the follow up to the band's successful 'Man Of Constant Sorrow', and has already been used in pay-per-view WWE's 'No Way Out' and other sporting events and broadcasts. The road warriors continue with shows through December to wrap up one kick ass year, and will be ready to keep thier momentum going into 2013 with another single and more touring. Always wishing the best to Charm City Devils!

Oklahoma rockers Hinder are back with a new album just released on December 4th. 'Welcome To The Freakshow' is their fourth full-length and features the lead track 'Save Me.' The group, Austin Winkler (Vocals), Joe "Blower" Garvey (Guitar), Mark King (Guitar), Mike Rodden (Bass), and Hanson (Drums) have brought an agressive survivor track, telling us that they "don't need you to save me."

“It’s really personal,” reveals Hanson. “People will often judge you when they don’t know anything about you, and they’ll have some kind of bullshit salvation prepared for you. We don’t need somebody else to tell us what to do and how to change. We’ve lived more lives than the majority of the world. If we need to be saved, we can do it ourselves. We’ve figured that out by now.”

For Winkler, the song hits especially close to home. “I had just gotten out of rehab for drugs and alcohol and I revisited the song,” he confesses. “To me, it felt like I didn’t need anything negative like drugs. Those aren’t going to save me. I can save myself though.”

The band is rehearsing right now, getting ready for what is sure to be a 2013 on the road for the most part. The band kicks off their tour schedule with December shows in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, making their way for east coast shows before year's end. Rock on Hinder!!

The Treatment are in rock picks this week with a song that has been out for awhile, buy has not gotten the exposure it deserves in the U.S. 'Nothing To Lose But Our Minds' is another great track from the young rockers, ranging in age from 19-22. I was a big fan of their track 'The Doctor' and this track reinforces my belief in the band. They remind me of a young Def Leppard, with a UFO and Thin Lizzy killer rock vibe to them. They were hand-picked by Nikki Sixx to open for Motley Crue and KISS on 'The Tour', which garnered them U.S. exposure and new fans. Drummer Dhani Mansworth, guitarists Ben Brookland and Tagore 'Tag' Grey, bass player Rick Newman (aka Swoggle) and vocalist Matt Jones are solid rock to the core, with an understanding and delivery of the great rockers that have come before them. I expect a continued influx of The Treatment in the U.S. and hope they come back for some extensive touring here in 2013. The next single from the band is 'Shake The Mountain' and I can say with certainty, it will be a rock pick before too long.

The Treatment are currently on a U.K. tour with Thin Lizzy, are will wrap up their touring year with a special headlining Christmas party show on Dec. 15th at Camden Underworld. Check out their latest cd 'This Might Hurt' for some quality rock! Cheers!


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Phil Lynott’s Mother objects to Presidential candidate Mitt Romney using Thin Lizzy’s music

by on Sep.04, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Phil Lynott’s Mother objects to Presidential candidate Mitt Romney using Thin Lizzy’s music

This from the The mother of Irish rock legend Phil Lynott has objected to the Mitt Romney campaign using Thin Lizzy's music at last week's Republican National Convention.

Philomena Lynott said her son would not have approved of the US Republicans playing the Thin Lizzy anthem "The Boys Are Back In Town" at Romney's nomination as presidential candidate.

She said that the late Thin Lizzy front man would have rejected any association with the Republicans particularly the Christian right wing of the party.

The Dublin woman told the Irish music magazine "Hot Press" that she was upset that one of her son's most famous rock songs was used by the Republicans to endorse Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan.

The Thin Lizzy singer would have opposed the Republican anti-gay and pro-rich policies, she said. Instead she believed her son would have backed Barack Obama.

She told the magazine: "As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay – which is not something that Philip would have supported. He had some wonderful gay friends, as indeed I do, and they deserve equal treatment in every respect, whether in Ireland or the United States.

"Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas.

"There is nothing I can do about it except express my views," Philomena Lynott added, "but I do want to be clear that I would not want Philip's music to be used in any way that could hurt a single person, and this is the effect of what happened with Paul Ryan using and abusing my son's music in that way. A lot of fans and musicians are very angry about it and I can fully understand why.

"There is a black president of America, which to me – as it would have been to Philip, as a proud, black Irishman – is wonderfully symbolic.

I have a lot of time for Barack Obama, so to hear 'The Boys Are Back in Town' being appropriated by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their campaign against him is deeply upsetting."

The now 81-year-old Philomena Lynott wrote a best-selling autobiography My Boy about the extraordinarily difficult times she and Philip endured in the UK and Ireland at the beginning of the '50s, following Philip's birth in 1949.

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Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham memoir, band recording new album, ‘Me and My Guitar’ segment (video)

by on Aug.15, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham memoir, band recording new album, ‘Me and My Guitar’ segment (video)

Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham's memoir, 'The Boys Are Back in Town' is set for a November 16th release by Omnibus Press. The book was co-written with journalist Harry Doherty and is expected to give the inside story of the band's days on the road.

Official description of the 160-page paperback 'The Boys Are Back in Town': "One of the defining rock groups of the 20th Century, THIN LIZZY began life in Dublin in 1969 when childhood friends Phil Lynott and Brian Downey were approached by two former members of VAN MORRISON's band THEM, Eric Wrixon (keyboards) and Eric Bell (guitar). Now for the first time, their story is told by guitarist Scott Gorham and rock journalist Harry Doherty. The band's story is told by the people who were involved directly including former guitarists, road crew, management, family and friends. Their origins in Dublin as a three piece with the 'Whiskey In The Jar' single and a string of unsuccessful but highly creative albums. The move to London to chase the dream of being a major rock band. The chaotic arrival and departures of various members, including Eric Bell (who left the band mid-concert), Irish guitarist Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and co-author Scott Gorham. How the albums 'Jailbreak' and 'Boys Are Back In Town' took the band to the top of the charts just as they were to become bankrupt. Includes stories of the band on the road, the drink and drugs and how the years of partying, drug-taking and non stop touring eventually took its toll on not only the band members but on their families. The death of front man Phil Lynott and their legacy following his death."

THIN LIZZY recently entered the studio to begin recording its first new album in nearly 30 years for a tentative 2013 release. It will be the group's first studio set since "Thunder And Lightning" in 1983, and its first to not include Phil Lynott, who died in 1986.

Asked what Phil would say about THIN LIZZY recording a new record without him, Scott told, "I think Phil would be right behind the idea of a new THIN LIZZY album. Given the choice, Phil would want to keep the THIN LIZZY name going and keep the band on the road. He was a real band member.

"You know, we still feel he is with us. That's why at every gig we introduce Phil as though he's still here — and he still gets the biggest cheer of the night. So he's still overshadowing me."

Gorham said, "Songwriting in THIN LIZZY was always a collaborative thing. Phil wrote a lot of our biggest hits but other members contributed to his songs. Everybody was included in the writing.

"Even when Phil did his solo albums, he still wanted the members of THIN LIZZY playing and contributing to his songs."

Gorham recently talked to for a 'Me and My Guitar' segment and he brought along his incredible late 50s Gibson Les Paul 'Burst.

The new Thin Lizzy album will not follow Phil Lynott’s last music footsteps, says guitarist Damon Johnson. He reports: “Towards the original end they made Thunder and Lightning. That album was so heavy – it seemed Phil wanted to go down a heavy metal route for a while. That’s not what the new album will be. There are some big, fat classic riffs. We all know it’s going to be under the microscope. We know there will be pundits who criticise it, but pundits aren’t necessarily fans.” Of frontman Ricky Warwick,  Johnson says: “The guy is a class songwriter, and that’s what Scott Gorham and Brian Downey needed to make another Thin Lizzy record.”

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