Black Star Riders / “Rock ‘n’ Roll is my lover, “Ricky Warwick says

Black Star Riders have released Pay Dirt, the second single from their new album Wrong Side Of Paradise, which is out on 20 January next year. The band play their tenth-anniversary tour in February.

“Rock ‘n’ Roll is my lover, friend, enemy, ally, religion and saviour,” Ricky Warwick said. “Rock ‘n’ Roll is my life. Christian Martucci and the late Todd Youth wrote the music for this. And when I heard it, it stank with defiance and attitude.

“It didn’t need changing, just some words to echo the power of the chords. It’s an ode to Rock’ n’ Roll, but also a dig at those that don’t learn their art and don’t play from the heart.”

Recorded in the Autumn of 2021 at Studio 606 in Northridge, California, and Toochtoon Sound in Redmond, Oregon, Wrong Side Of Paradise features eleven tracks recorded with producer and longtime BSR associate Jay Ruston.

“I am very proud of this record, Black Star Riders’ fifth release and the first with our new and exciting relationship with Earache Records,” Warwick said. “As with all BSR albums, Wrong Side Of Paradise is an anthemic statement of intent, driven by ferocious guitars and thundering drums.

“I can only write about my own personal experiences, my families, my friends and how I see a world that is unravelling and changing faster than we can comprehend. That being said, I’m a firm believer in the power of positivity, something that echoes throughout this album.”

Black Star Riders will embark on their tenth Anniversary tour, starting on 13 February 2023. “Can you believe 2023 is ten years of Black Star Riders?” Warwick says. “How time flies while you are having fun! We decided to do something special to commemorate this occasion. For the UK tour only, to coincide with the album’s release, we will be bringing back the legendary Scott Gorham (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) for the dates to make them extra special.”

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13feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, NottinghamRock City

15feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, NorwichUEA

16feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, IpswichCorn Exchange

17feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, ManchesterO2 Ritz

18feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, WolverhamptonKK's Steel Mill

19feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, LeedsO2 Academy

21feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, CardiffTramshed

22feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, BristolAcademy

23feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, GlasgowSWG3

24feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, NewcastleCity Hall

26feb7:00 pmBlack Star Riders, LondonShepherd's Bush Empire

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