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7th May 2017

black star riders

The new Black Star Riders drummer is Chad Szeliga, formerly with Breaking Benjamin and Black Label Society.

Chad first came to the band's attention in 2012 when Thin Lizzy were touring North America with Judas Priest and Black Label Society.

He auditioned last month in Los Angeles and saw off some incredible competition.

Ricky Warwick told us:

"I'm delighted to welcome Chad Szeliga to the Black Star Riders family. Chad is an amazing drummer, a great guy and will powerfully strengthen BSR's resolve going forward."

Scott Gorham told us:

"Just wanted to say that I'm really looking forward to getting up onto the stage with our new drummer Chad. This guy is one killer player. See you all on tour."

Damon Johnson added: "Chad is a monster musician and a quality human being. I couldn't be more excited to welcome him to our band and to show off his skills to Black Star Riders fans worldwide."

Robert Crane said:

"Chad's a badass! Great energy and a cool hang. Looking forward to working together."

And Chad told us:

"First, I'm so stoked for one to play with Scott Gorham, an iconic guitar player.

"Second, I can't wait to play with Damon who is a bad ass on guitar.

"Lastly, I can't wait to jam with Robbie on bass and we all know who the star is - Ricky, who can command a fantastic show and is an amazing front man. Let's light them up boys!"

Black Star Riders tour dates:

Wednesday May 24th: Dusseldorf, Germany - Mitsubishi-Electric Hall
Thursday May 25th: Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
Saturday May 27th: Jelling, Denmark - Jelling Festival
Sunday May 28th: Berlin, Germany - Tempodrome
Monday May 29th: Dresden, Germany - Junge Garde
Tuesday May 30th: Leipzig, Germany - Parkbuhne
Wednesday May 31st: Nuremberg, Germany – Hirsch
Thursday June 1st: Leiden, Holland - Nobel
Friday June 2nd: Rostock, Germany - Messehalle
Saturday June 3rd: Hamburg, Germany - Mehr Theater
Monday June 5th: Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
Wednesday June 7th: Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Saturday June 10th: Twistringen, Germany - Ziegelei Open Air
Friday June 16th: Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Festival
Saturday June 17th: Nickelsdorf, Austria - Nova Rock Festival
Sunday June 18th: Clisson, France – Hellfest
Wednesday June 21st: Freiburg, Germany - Jazzhouse
Friday June 23rd: Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell Festival
Saturday June 24th: Fredrikstag, Norway - Tons of Rock Festival
Sunday June 25th: Hinwil, Switzerland - Rock the Ring Festival
Sunday July 2nd: Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona RockFest 2017
Saturday July 8th: Weert, Holland - Bospop Festival
Sunday July 23rd: Stuttgart, Germany - Winterbach Festival
Saturday July 29th: Maidstone, U.K. - Ramblin’ Man Fair

Black Star Riders third album, 'Heavy Fire' was released in early 2017. It went to number six in the UK and number eleven in the German album charts and received widespread critical acclaim.


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