Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Halestorm, The Black Crowes, Etc. Members To Take Part In “Six String Salute” Virtual Concert

A number of artists will be joining forces for the “Six String Salute” virtual concert. The event will take place on September 17 and proceeds from it will benefit Crew Nation. Here’s the artists that are set to appear: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Steve Vai, Tommy Shaw (Styx) with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Halestorm, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Joe Satriani, Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Alice Cooper’s Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie with Kansas’ Richard Williams, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Jennifer Batten, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy), Steve Cropper, Jesse Dayton, Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Nick Perri (The Underground Thieves), Sammy Boller, Ross the Boss, and Joyous Wolf. “Six String Salute” will be hosted by Steve Black (“The Chop Shop”) and it can be viewed on Live Nation’s YouTube channel. Limited edition merchandise will be also be available during the stream.

Clutch Announce December Shows

Clutch have announced some December shows with The Steel Woods and Damon Johnson. Here’s the dates:

12/27 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
12/28 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel (no Damon Johnson) (with Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown)
12/29 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
12/30 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
12/31 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Mastodon’s Troy Sanders To Play Bass For Thin Lizzy During Summer European Festivals

Thin Lizzy have announced that Mastodon’s Troy Sanders will be playing bass on their European festival dates. The rest of the band’s lineup will include: guitarist Scott Gorham, keyboardist Darren Wharton, vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson, and drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest).

Gorham said the following:

“We are very happy to welcome Troy to the Lizzy family! We met a few years ago at Download festival and he’s a great guy and killer bass player to boot, so very happy he wanted to join us for the shows this summer.”

Warwick added:

“Mastodon are a fantastic band and knowing how much of a thin lizzy fan Troy is, he will be an amazing addition to the fold”

Sanders also commented:

“It’s no secret that Thin Lizzy has had a big influence on Mastodon’s music. Being asked to join them on stage is a big deal and true honor to me. I am really looking forward to it!”

Tour Dates:

07/28 Ebbw Vale, UK – Steelhouse Festival (“Black Rose” album set)
08/04 Macclesfield, UK – Rewind North Festival
08/08 Alicante, SPA – Leyendas Del Rock Festival
08/10 Kortrijk, BEL – Alcataraz Festival

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

Thin Lizzy To Head Out On “Jailbreak” 40th Anniversary/Recruit Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee

Thin Lizzy will be heading out on tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of “Jailbreak,” as well as to pay tribute to Phil Lynott, who passed away 30 years ago. The band have recruited Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee to handle the drum duties. The rest of the lineup includes: Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Ricky Warwick, and Darren Wharton. More info can be found in the below press release: