Ricky Warwick has been a busy man these past few years fronting Thin Lizzy who have now made the sensible name change to the Black Star Riders who have recently released the rather nifty 'All Hell Breaks Loose' album.
Black Star Riders will be embarking on a Euro tour starting in October, but with a bit of spare time on his hands before then, Ricky played a few select acoustic gigs on a co-headlining tour with Tony Wright of Terrorvision.
MetalTalk's Mark Taylor got to speak to Ricky before the gig to chat about the forthcoming re-issues of The Almighty which will be released on Spinefarm at the end of September. You can watch the interview below.
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An acoustic evening that was easy on the ear holes started with Mark Curran who normally fronts his own self named band. A short engaging set of his own tunes and a spendid cover of Bon Jovi's 'Blood On Blood'. Not only that, but the singer has a fine taste in shirts. The man has star quality.
Billed as Acoustic TV, it's hard to believe that it was almost two decades ago that Terrorvision were dominating the charts with great power pop hits before disappearing into oblivion. Tony Wright along with buddy Milly Evans reminded us about what was so great about the Bradford terrors with his cheeky banter and a set of great tunes including the underrated 'III Wishes', 'Middleman' and the only rock song to ever quote whales and dolphins with 'Perseverance'.
Paying homage to David Bowie with a cover of 'Moonage Daydream', the best was served up with a quenching flamenco take on 'Tequilla' which made us happy.
Ricky Warwick played a wise choice set full of his own solo material, Lizzy, Black Star Riders tunes, some eyebrow raising covers and select Almighty tracks that have matured nicely over the years. Kicking off with Eddie Cochran's 'Summertime Blues' a song that inspired the whole punk movement and no doubt a young Warwick when he was a nipper at home with his parents. Scott Gorham was in the house somewhere in this venue but didn't guest on 'Jailbreak'.
'The Almighty classic 'Wild & Wonderful' got the crowd singing and a cover of Iron Maiden's 'Running Free' worked surprisingly well in a country rock form.
Between songs Warwick regaled many road stories including one about his first meeting with Lemmy and how nervous he was to be meeting his hero for him only to end up completely blind drunk and crashing out on the floor of Lemmy's hotel room for ole wart face to call Warwick "A fucking lightweight" before the acoustic strut of 'Ace Of Spades' and Warwick didn't forget to play the joker with a bizarre cover of Britney Spears 'Oops!... I Did It Again' delivered without a patch of irony.
Fellow Belfast lad, Therapy's Andy Cairns, guested on 'Jonestown Mind' and the night ended with Springsteen's 'Born To Run' and just like a gig from the Boss, Ricky Warwick could've played all night. A highly enjoyable evening.
The Whiskey Song
Wild & Wonderful
Bound For Glory
Can't Wait For Tomorrow
Jesus Loves You... But I Don't
Can't Live With Maybe
Ace Of Spades
Oops!... I Did It Again
Free 'N Easy
The Boys Are Back Town
The Arms Of Belfast Town
Born To Run
Mark also interviewed Ricky Warwick recently, talking about the Black Star Riders debut 'All Hell Breaks Loose' and you can read that interview here.