Black Star Riders – Announce New Guitarist

Photo Credit: Robert John

Black Star Riders, the Anglo American rockers featuring Ricky Warwick (Lead Vocals / Guitar), Robert Crane (Bass Guitar) and drummer Zak St. John, have announced the replacement for Stone Sour / Corey Taylor guitarist Christian Martucci, who parted the band earlier this year.

Sam Wood, from Wayward Sons, joins the band and his first dates will be the UK shows this coming weekend in London (the band’s label Earache’s 35th Anniversary party) and Trecco Bay in South Wales for Planet Rockstock.

Ricky Warwick “I first saw Sam back in 2019 when Wayward Sons were guests to Black Star Riders and I was absolutely blown away! I had Sam join me for some Fighting Hearts dates a few months back and knew he was the guy for us. If ever there was a new GUITAR HERO waiting in the wings, then it’s Sam! Black Star Riders have had some of the World’s finest guitar players in their ranks and Sam is truly up there as one of them. We couldn’t be happier!”

The line-up for the two aforementioned shows together with the 10TH anniversary UK tour in February 2023, will see Black Star Riders welcome back guitarist Scott Gorham and original drummer Jimmy DeGrasso for the celebrations.

Ricky adds “we are really looking forward to playing with Scott and Jimmy again and this is the only time you will get to see us all together again for this 10th anniversary of the band.  After February Zak will be with us for all future dates.  The set list will be tracks from the new album “Wrong Side Of Paradise” to start the show then we welcome Scott on stage for the “greatest hits” set to celebrate our 10 years”

The 10th Anniversary UK tour takes in the following cities:
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

Special guests are Michael Monroe and Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons on all shows except Belfast where Trucker Diablo open.

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The band’s forthcoming album “Wrong Side Of Paradise” is released January 20th 2023 on Earache records.

‘Wrong Side Of Paradise’ is available for pre-order worldwide here. Formats include: limited coloured vinyl (including green, blue, red and black/white split), black vinyl, signed CD, cassette and digital download. A special edition of the album containing two bonus tracks can be found on CD (which comes with a 24-page song booklet) and USB stick formats. Various collector bundles are also available, including one with an exclusive 12”.

The new single ‘Riding Out The Storm’ and music video will be released Friday December 2nd and is the first video to feature this newest member of the Black Star Riders family.

‘Wrong Side Of Paradise’ Tracklist

  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)

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