Black Star Riders // Acoustic Show // The Parish // Huddersfield

I’ve been a big fan of Ricky Warwick since the 90’s when I saw The Almighty in their early days, so when I got the call to say that Black Star Riders were doing a small acoustic gig in my local Venue The Parish in Huddersfield I was over the moon.


Having done a few gigs at The Parish so I went straight into the hall to get set up and speak to the lighting tech.  Then I noticed that it was going to be a seated gig which is not what I was expecting.


Showtime and Ricky came on stage joined by Sam Wood from Wayward Sons which was a nice surprise.


The atmosphere turned electric as soon as they started playing and the sound was amazing. Ricky’s vocals haven’t changed in the 35 years he has been performing and really gets the crowd going.


Banging out the first few songs from the new album and then slotted in Free n’ Easy from The Almighty days, this got the whole crowd singing.


Interacting with the crowd throughout the set with stories and anecdotes Ricky made the gig feel very personal as well.


Just a 45 min set but lots packed in and to top the night off Ricky and Sam walked into the crowd to do signings and just talk to people.


I was really looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint.  Thanks Ricky and Sam 


Photography: Paul McWilliams

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Wrong Side Of Paradise Track-list

  1. Wrong Side Of Paradise
  2. Hustle
  3. Better Than Saturday Night
  4. Riding Out The Storm
  5. Pay Dirt
  6. Catch Yourself On
  7. Crazy Horses
  8. Burning Rome
  9. Don’t Let The World (Get In The Way)
  10. Green And Troubled Land
  11. This Life Will Be The Death Of Me
  12. Cut ‘n’ Run (Bonus Editions Only)
  13. Suspicious Times (Bonus Editions Only)


The band’s UK tour in February 2023, a special 10th-anniversary run of dates, as well as their headline sets at Planet Rockstock and Earache Records’ 35 Years Of Noise party, see the band welcome back guitarist Scott Gorham and original drummer Jimmy DeGrasso for the celebrations.

UK Tour Dates:
Saturday 11th February              Belfast, Limelight
Monday 13th February              Nottingham, Rock City
Wednesday 15th February         Norwich, UEA
Thursday 16th February             Ipswich, Corn Exchange
Friday 17th February                 Manchester, O2 Ritz
Saturday 18th February             Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill
Sunday 19th February               Leeds, O2 Academy
Tuesday 21st February               Cardiff, Tramshed
Wednesday 22nd February        Bristol, O2 Academy
Thursday 23rd February             Glasgow, SWG3
Friday 24th February                 Newcastle, O2 City Hall
Sunday 26th February               London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Tickets are on sale now from
Special Guests Michael Monroe and Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons on all shows except Belfast where Trucker Diablo open.

Black Star Riders are:

Ricky Warwick Vocals/Lead guitar

Sam WOod Guitar

Robert Crane Bass

Zak St John Drums