Black Star Riders and The Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick will release his latest solo album ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’ 19 February 2021, via Nuclear Blast. It is his first studio album in five years.
With his band The Fighting Hearts, you can see him on the road in the UK this April/May, COVID-19 permitting.
The new single ‘You Don’t Love Me’, which can be heard below, features Thunder’s Luke Morley.
Luke told MetalTalk: “When Ricky asked me to play on ‘You Don’t Love Me’ I was only too happy to oblige!
“We’ve known each other for 30 years and it was a pleasure to play on such a fine tune by an old mate and fellow Rock ’n Roll survivor.”
Of the new track, Ricky told us: “‘When the flavour of the month starts to leave a bitter taste’. Luke Morley from Thunder demonstrating why the invention of the electric guitar was the turning point in the history of western civilization!!!”
Pre-order formats of the new album include a 2CD Digipack version which includes the ‘Stairwell Troubadour’ covers album – See track listing below.
On ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’, Ricky was joined by Robert Crane (Bass), Xavier Muriel (Drums) and Keith Nelson (Guitar) as well as a number of special guests including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Andy Taylor formerly of Duran Duran, Dizzy Reed of the mighty Guns ‘N Roses and even Ricky’s daughter Pepper.
The album was produced by Keith Nelson, who told us: “Ricky is a true Rock ‘n Roll soul… he has got incredible stories to tell and a unique way of telling them. It has been an honour to be asked to partner and contribute to this record.”
When Life Was Hard And Fast:
1. When Life Was Hard And Fast
2. You Don’t Love Me
3. I’d Rather Be Hit
5. Never Corner A Rat
6. Time Don’t Seem To Matter
7. Fighting Heart
8. I Don’t Feel At Home
9. Still Alive
10. Clown Of Misery
11. You’re My Rock N Roll
1. You Spin Me round (Like A Record) (Dead Or Alive cover)
2. Ooops!…I Did It Again (Britney Spears cover)
3. Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran cover)
4. 1000 Dollar Car (Bottle Rockets cover)
5. Cocaine Blues (Johnny Cash cover)
6. I Don’t Want To Grow Up (Ramones cover)
7. I Fought The Law (The Clash cover)
8. Burning Love (Elvis Presley cover)
9. Jesus Loves You…But I Don’t (The Almighty cover)
10. Wrathchild (Iron Maiden cover)
Ricky with his band The Fighting Hearts have announced the following UK tour for April/May 2021 with full date schedule below.
28 April 2021: Cambridge Junction*
29 April 2021: Norwich The Waterfront*
30 April 2021: Bedford Esquires*
1 May 2021: Swansea Patti Pavilion – Sound Bay Festival*^
2 May 2021: London O2 Academy Islington*
4 May 2021: Newcastle University Students Union^
5 May 2021: Glasgow The Garage G2^
6 May 2021: Belfast Limelight 2
7 May 2021: Manchester Club Academy^
8 May 2021: Carlisle The Brickyard^
9 May 2021: Buckley The Tivoli^
12 May 2021: Reading Sub 89*
13 May 2021: Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill*
14 May 2021: Blackpool The Waterloo – Massive Weekend (Ricky Solo Acoustic)
15 May 2021: Blackpool The Waterloo – Massive Weekend *^
16 May 2021: Leeds Warehouse^
19 May 2021: Bournemouth Madding Crowd^
20 May 2021: Nottingham Rescue Rooms^
21 May 2021: Lincoln Call Of The Wild Festival
Special Guests on all dates (except Belfast, Blackpool & Lincoln) are THE VIRGINMARYS
Plus THE HOWLING TIDES on all shows marked* and ANCHOR LANE on all shows marked^