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Black Star Riders

After working under the Thin Lizzy banner for decades, band members announced in '12 that they were retiring the name to become Black Star Riders.

The Black Star Riders line-up consisted of Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) and Jimmy Degrasso (drums).

Gorham joined Thin Lizzy in '74 and was a contributor during the "Boys Are Back In Town"/"Jailbreak" era. Mendoza came onboard in the '90s while Warwick and Johnson were recent ('10) Thin Lizzy arrivals.

Since only one band member had a direct link to Thin Lizzy's glory days, it made sense to become a new entity.

Black Star Riders' debut album "All Hell Breaks Loose" was released in '13. "The past few years have been such a wild ride. It sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what Black Star Riders is all about," stated Warwick.

The group released their sophomore album, "The Killer Instinct," in February, '15. But they did so without Mendoza who had been replaced by former Ratt and Lynch Mob bassist Robbie Crane a year earlier.

Next, Black Star Riders announced the addition of drummer Chad Szeliga, who formerly was with Breaking Benjamin and Black Label Society. He first came to the band's attention five years earlier when Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society toured North America in support of Judas Priest.

Nick Raskulinecz, who produced "The Killer Instinct," returned for "Heavy Fire."

"Without doubt this is BSR's best album so far," stated Gorham.

"Heavy Fire" went to #6 on the U.K. chart but only got to #91 on U.S. Current Top Albums chart.

The '17 set was the last with Johnson. He announced his exit in the fall of '18 but continued performing with the band until the end of the group's U.K. tour in early December.He was replaced by Christian Martucci, formerly with Stone Sour.

"Another State Of Grace," the group's fourth album, featuring the song "Ain't The End Of The World" dropped a year later.

Black Star Riders Discography


2013 All Hell Breaks Loose
2015 The Killer Instinct
2017 Heavy Fire
2019 Another State Of Grace

Also see Thin Lizzy.

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