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BLACK STAR RIDERS' JIMMY DEGRASSO ON 'HEAVY FIRE': "THIS IS OUR MOST DIVERSE ALBUM YET."
Black Star Riders have announced that their third studio album, 'Heavy Fire', is set for release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on 3rd February 2017.
Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso was in London recently to talk about the album and the well travelled artist said: "This is our most diverse album yet," adding that "there's a little bit of Motown, you're gonna have some punk rock and some Metal."
Jimmy also talks about his lengthy colourful career which has included stints with Y&T, David Lee Roth and Megadeth, amongst many others.
Discussing the writing of 'Heavy Fire', Ricky Warwick comments: "Myself and Damon Johnson work really well together. We went to our manager's house in Southern California - he was away for a week so Damon flew in from Nashville and I drove down from my place in LA and we hung out there for a week.
"I brought in a bunch of ideas and lyrics and Damon brought in some stuff too. By the end of the four or five days we had ten or twelve solid songs together, which was great. We work very quickly together because we're always very well prepared and we're always writing individually."
Watch the lyric video for 'When The Night Comes In' from 'Heavy Fire' here.
The band's previous album, 'The Killer Instinct', was released in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim and went on to score multiple radio playlists. A solid year of worldwide touring culminated in December 2015 in an UK arena tour alongside Def Leppard and Whitesnake.
2016 saw the band return to the studio with 'The Killer Instinct''s producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Mastodon), at his studio just outside Nashville. The resultant album is Black Star Riders' most accomplished work to date.
"Angst, passion, power, glory, love, truth, lies, loyalty, questions that begged to be answered. There's a guitar army coming and it's bringing the 'Heavy Fire'," adds Ricky.
"Not many new bands get to record three albums these days. Without doubt this is BSR's best album so far. We had a great time recording it and can't wait to play the new songs live on tour in March," said BSR guitarist Scott Gorham.
'Heavy Fire' tracklisting:
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me
The Limited Edition Digibook CD will also contain the bonus track 'Fade'.
Also available on Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl and Limited Edition Picture Disc.
After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a sixteen date UK and Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden¹s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining eleven shows.
Dates for Black Star Riders 2017 UK and Ireland Tour are:
Thursday 2nd March: Tramshed, Cardiff
Friday 3rd March: William Aston Hall, Wrexham
Saturday 4th March: Academy, Dublin
Sunday 5th March: Limelight, Belfast
Tuesday 7th March: Ironworks, Inverness
Wednesday 8th March: O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)
Thursday 9th March: O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)
Friday 10th March: O2 Academy, Newcastle
Saturday 11th March: O2 Academy, Leeds
Sunday 12th March: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Tuesday 14th March: Rock City, Nottingham
Wednesday 15th March: UEA, Norwich
Thursday 16th March: O2 Academy Bristol
Friday 17th March: O2 Kentish Town Forum, London
Saturday 18th March: O2 Institute, Birmingham
Sunday 19th March: O2 Academy, Bournemouth