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7th May 2017

black star riders

The new Black Star Riders drummer is Chad Szeliga, formerly with Breaking Benjamin and Black Label Society.

Chad first came to the band's attention in 2012 when Thin Lizzy were touring North America with Judas Priest and Black Label Society.

He auditioned last month in Los Angeles and saw off some incredible competition.

Ricky Warwick told us:

"I'm delighted to welcome Chad Szeliga to the Black Star Riders family. Chad is an amazing drummer, a great guy and will powerfully strengthen BSR's resolve going forward."

Scott Gorham told us:

"Just wanted to say that I'm really looking forward to getting up onto the stage with our new drummer Chad. This guy is one killer player. See you all on tour."

Damon Johnson added: "Chad is a monster musician and a quality human being. I couldn't be more excited to welcome him to our band and to show off his skills to Black Star Riders fans worldwide."

Robert Crane said:

"Chad's a badass! Great energy and a cool hang. Looking forward to working together."

And Chad told us:

"First, I'm so stoked for one to play with Scott Gorham, an iconic guitar player.

"Second, I can't wait to play with Damon who is a bad ass on guitar.

"Lastly, I can't wait to jam with Robbie on bass and we all know who the star is - Ricky, who can command a fantastic show and is an amazing front man. Let's light them up boys!"

Black Star Riders tour dates:

Wednesday May 24th: Dusseldorf, Germany - Mitsubishi-Electric Hall
Thursday May 25th: Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
Saturday May 27th: Jelling, Denmark - Jelling Festival
Sunday May 28th: Berlin, Germany - Tempodrome
Monday May 29th: Dresden, Germany - Junge Garde
Tuesday May 30th: Leipzig, Germany - Parkbuhne
Wednesday May 31st: Nuremberg, Germany – Hirsch
Thursday June 1st: Leiden, Holland - Nobel
Friday June 2nd: Rostock, Germany - Messehalle
Saturday June 3rd: Hamburg, Germany - Mehr Theater
Monday June 5th: Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
Wednesday June 7th: Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Saturday June 10th: Twistringen, Germany - Ziegelei Open Air
Friday June 16th: Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Festival
Saturday June 17th: Nickelsdorf, Austria - Nova Rock Festival
Sunday June 18th: Clisson, France – Hellfest
Wednesday June 21st: Freiburg, Germany - Jazzhouse
Friday June 23rd: Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell Festival
Saturday June 24th: Fredrikstag, Norway - Tons of Rock Festival
Sunday June 25th: Hinwil, Switzerland - Rock the Ring Festival
Sunday July 2nd: Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona RockFest 2017
Saturday July 8th: Weert, Holland - Bospop Festival
Sunday July 23rd: Stuttgart, Germany - Winterbach Festival
Saturday July 29th: Maidstone, U.K. - Ramblin’ Man Fair

Black Star Riders third album, 'Heavy Fire' was released in early 2017. It went to number six in the UK and number eleven in the German album charts and received widespread critical acclaim.

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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