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

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

Jan 18, 2013

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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