Black Star Riders UK Tour


Ricky Warwick

Black Star Riders kick off their latest UK tour with a show at Cardiff’s Tramshed this Thursday. Having just released their much anticipated third studio album Heavy Fire, this will be the first opportunity for BSR fans to hear this new material performed live.

By now you’ll probably be aware that BSR was created by the members of Thin Lizzy back in 2012 when they decided to start recording new material but not release it under the Thin Lizzy name. There was a general consensus within the band and Lynott’s estate that recording new Thin Lizzy material without Phil Lynott didn’t sit well. So the new band was a way in which Thin Lizzy’s story could evolve and continue. Of the current lineup, Scott Gorham is the sole remaining member of Thin Lizzy who was in the band during the Phil Lynott era.


GUN’s Alex Dickson

So, this tour is an opportunity for fans to hear the new material and for BSR to reinforce their reputation as one of the best live rock bands out there just now. But perhaps the best aspect of BSR’s live performances is the inclusion of Thin Lizzy classics. When we caught BSR the last time they were in Scotland we loved hearing the likes of The Boys Are Back in Town, Jailbreak and Whiskey in the Jar. Sure, it technically wasn’t Thin Lizzy, but it was in everything but name. And if you closed your eyes…

Joining BSR on this tour and co-headlining their two Glasgow shows are GUN. The Glasgow rockers are on fire right now, helped in no small part by the recent return of guitarist Alex Dickson. GUN have always been a brilliant live band and have regularly sold out large venues such as the Barrowlands since reforming back in 2012. However Dickson’s return has given the bands live performances a proper shot of intensity making them sound as great today as they did when they first exploded onto the scene back in the late eighties. GUN have been working on a new studio album which is due for release soon. Frontman Dante Gizzi has hinted that the new album would be more rock-focussed than previous releases. We’ve no word on whether audiences will get a preview of any of the new material on this tour, but fingers crossed…

This promises to be one of the best rock tours of the spring, so if you haven’t already done so check whether there are still tickets available for a show near you. You don’t want to miss this one!

We hope to catch one of the shows to bring you a full review and gallery, so stay tuned!

Tour Dates

With GUN and The Amorettes
Thursday 2 March Tramshed, Cardiff
Friday 3 March William Aston Hall, Wrexham
Saturday 4 March Academy, Dublin
Sunday 5 March Limelight, Belfast
Tuesday 7 March Ironworks, Inverness

With GUN and Backyard Babies
Wednesday 8 March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)
Thursday 9 March O2 ABC, Glasgow (Co-Headline Show with Gun)
Friday 10 March O2 Academy, Newcastle
Saturday 11 March O2 Academy, Leeds
Sunday 12 March O2 Ritz, Manchester
Tuesday 14 March Rock City, Nottingham
Wednesday 15 March UEA, Norwich
Thursday 16 March O2 Academy Bristol
Friday 17 March O2 Kentish Town Forum, London
Saturday 18 March O2 Institute, Birmingham
Sunday 19 March O2 Academy, Bournemouth