Black Star Riders March 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy
With the release of their third studio album Black Star Riders prove that dropping the Thin Lizzy name was the right thing to do. The classic twin (and in some places triple) harmony guitar is still there in droves but now in their own brilliant songs.
Ricky Warwick is a great frontman both looking cool as in his shades and leathers, but also in fine vocal form leading the band and crowd through the eighteen song set. However, only four of those came from the new release. The band treat the Friday night crowd to favourites from the previous two releases in almost equal amounts.
The audience eyes are focused (though a lot of the night) on classic rock guitar hero Scott Gorham with his trademark Les Paul. He fires out classic riff after riff and delivers some perfect guitar solos. I can’t help admire him, he could have quite easily seen out his retirement years just belting out the Thin Lizzy classics and lets face it people would have gone and paid to still see it!! However these days they only need to include one Lizzy banger (Boys Are Back In Town) and in the middle of the set too.
The rest of the band are no slouches too boasting ex-Alice Cooper, Y&T, Dokken and more and they just gel on stage playing tight but still having fun.
For me though, the tell tale sign was the the amount of Black Star Rider T-Shirts being worn as opposed to the Lizzy ones which used to be the majority – close run at tonights’ gig, which can only be a good sign!
By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)
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