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Blackwater Conspiracy: Mixing Aerosmith swagger with Bon Jovi soul

Northern Ireland’s new rock hotshots on changing styles and conspiracy theories

Many bands aresaid to have risen from the ashes of previous groups; fewer are publicly unveiled at their wake. But that’s what happened in 2015 when Northern Irish hard rock band Million Dollar Reload metamorphosed, mid-gig, into Blackwater Conspiracy – a looser, loucher outfit that mixes Aerosmith swagger with Bon Jovi soul. “We though: ‘Why drag out the whole process?’” explains frontman Phil Conalane. “Let’s just do it bang in the middle of a show.”

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