Have Black Star Riders finally stepped out of Lizzy’s shadow?
After years of being seen by many as just a Thin Lizzy tribute band, with their third album have Black Star Riders really found their own identity?
In 2012, Black Star Riders seemed like a Thin Lizzy footnote; a covers band, a side project. Scott Gorham, Lizzy guitarist since 1974, had already been keeping the spirit of Lynott and co. alive with various line-ups. Impressed by two of the latest additions – frontman Ricky Warwick, formerly of punk-rooted hard rockers The Almighty, and ex-Alice Cooper guitarist Damon Johnson (who had also co-founded southern rockers Brother Cane) – Gorham saw potential to step away from the Lizzy moniker and form a brand new band. He asked Warwick and Johnson if they had any new songs. They did, and Black Star Riders was born, albeit beneath the shadow of the group they came out of.