Black Star Riders Premiere “Candidate For Heartbreak” Lyric Video

Black Star Riders have premiered a lyric video for their new single “Candidate For Heartbreak.” The track previously appeared as a bonus track on the digipack CD that was included with the limited edition box set edition of the band’s latest album “Another State Of Grace.”

The following was said about the track:

“2020 shaped up to be a very different year to what we all expected. COVID-19 took us by surprise forced us to pause, rethink our way of life and observe an unprecedented scenario unraveling on the world’s stage. In this new “hibernated” society, the music industry showed its resilience: managing to keep itself alive, it created a sense of togetherness and an even stronger community, through brave songs, never afraid to bring the uncomfortable truths to the table.

Candidate For Heartbreak is Black Star Riders’ contribution to the worldwide reflection on society during these unparalleled times. Mr. Scott Gorham and Christian Martucci created the perfect soundscape, thanks to a sharp and memorable riff, which sets the scene for an intricate rock driven track. Ricky Warwick’s vocals perfectly represent the spirit of the lyrics: energetic anger, tinged with a hint of melancholy, towards a class of politicians who keep lying to the people; and a morbid system that keeps on failing and dividing.”

Members of the band also shared individual comments:

Ricky Warwick:

“It’s a rocker! A Scott Gorham and Christian Martucci guitar onslaught. A song about the politics of dancing while the politicians dance around the truth!”

Scott Gorham:

“The song brings back memories of our time in the studio recording Another State of Grace. It was such a great and productive time. We all hope to be back playing to our fans real soon.”

Christian Martucci:

“This is a really fun song to jam. I love how the guitars drone around Ricky’s vocals, and the awesome groove from Chad and Robbie!’”

Black Star Riders Premiere “In The Shadow Of A War Machine” Video

Black Star Riders have premiered a new video for their song “In The Shadow Of A War Machine.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Another State Of Grace.”

A press release offered more info on the song:

“[The track] describes the condition in which we all currently live in — a world where economical interest prevails over the common good; a world where we are forced to face constant uncertainties.

As the band say, ‘vote for a clown, you have a circus.’ The music perfectly reflects the content — the pounding rhythm of each verse echoes the oppression of the war machine, the heavier and more aggressive chorus underlines the frustration we feel rising every day.”

Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy) Diagnosed With Pleurisy

Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy) has revealed that he has been diagnosed with a form of pneumonia called pleurisy. This news comes after the singer recently underwent a “small procedure”.

Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy) Undergoes “Small Procedure” At California Hospital

Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy) recently underwent a “small procedure” at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in West Hollywood, CA. He shared the below Instagram post regarding that:

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Star Riders Share Acoustic Performance Video For “Ain’t The End Of The World”

Black Star Riders have shared an acoustic performance video for their song “Ain’t The End Of The World.” This track is from the band’s new album “Another State Of Grace,” which will be released on September 6.

Black Star Riders Premiere “Ain’t The End Of The World” Video

Black Star Riders have premiered a new video for their new song “Ain’t The End Of The World.” This track is from the band’s new album “Another State Of Grace,” which will be released on September 6. Ricky Warwick commented:

“‘Ain’t The End Of The World’ is trademark Black Star Riders. Showcasing the dual guitars of Christian Martucci and Scott Gorham perfectly. It’s a song of hope, positivity and seeing the light at the end of a dark tunnel in a world of uncertainty.”

Black Star Riders Premiere “Another State Of Grace” Music Video

Black Star Riders have premiered a new video for their song “Another State Of Grace.” This is the title track of the band’s new album, which will be released on September 6. Ricky Warwick commented:

“We wanted a video that was direct, straightforward and uncompromising. To portray the power and meaning behind the song.”

Black Star Riders To Release New Album “Another State Of Grace” In September, Stream Title Track

Black Star Riders have announced that their new album “Another State Of Grace” will be released on September 6. You can stream the title track below:

“Another State Of Grace” Track listing:

01. “Tonight The Moonlight Let Me Down”
02. “Another State Of Grace”
03. “Ain’t The End Of The World”
04. “Underneath The Afterglow”
05. “Soldier In The Ghetto”
06. “Why Do You Love Your Guns?”
07. “Standing In The Line Of Fire”
08. “What Will It Take?”
09. “In The Shadow Of The War Machine”
10. “Poisoned Heart”

Black Star Riders To Release New Album “Another State Of Grace” In September, Announce UK/Ireland Tour

Black Star Riders have confirmed that their new album “Another State Of Grace” will be released in September. With this news, the group have also announced a UK/Ireland tour.

Ricky Warwick commented:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be back with a brand new Black Star Riders album. In my honest opinion, this is the best record the band has made. This is Christian [Martucci] and Chad [Szeliga]’s first album with the band and they have brought a fantastic energy and vibe.”

Scott Gorham added:

“It was great to be back in Los Angeles, and recording with Jay Ruston was an absolute pleasure. I am excited to see everyone’s reactions to this amazing record… and I can’t wait to get back on the road and play you these new songs.”

Tour Dates (with Stone Broken and Wayward Sons):

10/10 Bristol , UK – O2 Academy
10/11 Cambridge , UK – Corn Exchange
10/12 London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10/13 Wrexham, UK – William Aston Hall
10/16 Dublin, IRE – Academy (no Wayward Sons)
10/17 Belfast, IRE – Limelight (no Wayward Sons)
10/18 Glasgow, UK – Braehead Arena (Black Star Riders only) (feat. Saxon)
10/19 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy
10/20 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
10/22 Bexhill, UK – De La Warr Pavilion
10/23 Bournemouth, UK – O2 Academy
10/24 Cardiff, UK – University Great Hall
10/25 Wolverhampton, UK – Steel Mill
10/26 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
10/27 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz

Black Star Riders Recruit Stone Sour Guitarist Christian Martucci

Black Star Riders have announced the addition of Stone Sour guitarist Christian Martucci to their lineup. He will be taking over for founding guitarist Damon Johnson, who is planning to exit the band at the end of the year.

The band issued the following press release:

Black Star Riders are proud to announce that their new lead guitar player from January 1st 2019 will be Christian Martucci, from Stone Sour

Christian will replace founding BSR member Damon Johnson, who has decided to part company with the band at the end of the year to concentrate on a solo career and session work.

Damon Johnson “3 excellent albums in 6 years with this great band is one of the proudest achievements of my career, and it has been glorious. My family and I have decided to focus our efforts into growing my solo career and I’m excited to be home more to take advantage of working and writing in Nashville. Though I’m moving on from BSR, I will continue to work with Ricky in “Warwick Johnson”, and plan on being a part of any Thin Lizzy commitments in the future. Much love and continued success to the entire band and to the incredible Black Star Riders fans worldwide.”

Scott Gorham “I just want to thank Damon for being part of the band and three great records together and I wish him all the best. For BSR it’s onwards and upwards!”

Ricky Warwick explains, “Damon Johnson is my bro and I love him. It’s been a wonderful journey for the last 6 years writing, recording and playing live with him, molding, building and making Black Star Riders into the formidable force that we have become. I totally respect his decision, he will always be family. I will miss him.”

Robert Crane added “I’m so thankful to have shared this amazing musical journey with our brother Damon. I’m hopeful our paths cross again one day. Love and respect to D.J. and his family.”

After auditions last month in Los Angeles with some incredible guitar players, Christian was chosen to take up the position vacated by Damon.

Ricky Warwick on Christian Martucci, “Christian Martucci is a sonic force of nature, an insanely talented guitar player and a wonderful human being and I’m delighted he has become part of the BSR family. His musical pedigree speaks for itself. He will be an amazing addition to Black Star Riders, bringing a new edge and dynamic presence to the band. I eagerly look forward to writing, recording album number 4 and touring the world with him, Robert, Scott and Chad. The best way to predict the future is to go and create it. The best is yet to come!”

Scott Gorham “I am really looking forward to sharing the stage with Christian. He is an amazing player and an awesome addition to the Black Star Riders family.”

Robert Crane add’s “Much like seeing Chad Szeliga playing our songs for the first time, we all knew from the first chord that Christian was the guy… Straight up, he’s a badass! Let’s go!”

Christian explains, “As a fan who’s been inspired by their music, it’s an honor and privilege to be a part of Black Star Riders. I’m really looking forward to this!”

Black Star Riders will head down for the first time to South America in November, joining Judas Priest (with Alice in Chains on some dates) for shows in Chile, Argentina & Brazil. Damon will not be with the band for this run, but his temporary replacement is long time friend of the band, Thunder guitarist Luke Morley.

They will finish off the year with some dates in the United Kingdom, which will be Damon’s last shows with the band.

The band will then enter the studio in early 2019 to record their fourth studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Tour dates are below:

Nov 2nd Santiago, Chile – Pista Atletica Solid Rock Festival
Nov 4th Buenos Aires, Argentina – GEBA Solid Rock Festival
Nov 8th Curitiba, Brazil – Pedreira Paulo Leminski
Nov 10th Sao Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Park Solid Rock Festival
Nov 11th Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – KM Hall
Nov 14th – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Expominas
Nov 28th Buckley, UK – Tivoli
Nov 29th Southampton, UK – Engine Room
Nov 30th Leamington Spa, UK – Assembly Rooms
Dec 1st Trecco Bay, UK – Planet Rockstock
Dec 2nd Holmfirth, UK – Picturedrome
Dec 3rd Sheffield, UK – Corporation