Black Star Riders to record with Joe Elliott
Black Star Riders have confirmed that they will record their second album this year – and they’ve brought in Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott as producer.
The Thin Lizzy offshoot’s debut All Hell Breaks Loose was released last year to great acclaim. That led guitarist Scott Gorham to speculate on a follow-up, although he had previously said he wasn’t sure he wanted to repeat the experience of working in producer Kevin Shirley’s environment.
Now the band report that they’ll start sessions in Ireland in October – and they describe hiring Elliott alongside Def Leppard engineer Ronan McHugh as like bringing in family members.
BSR frontman Ricky Warwick, who worked with the pair on his first two solo albums, says: “Joe’s passion and enthusiasm for music is unquestionable, and Ronan is a phenomenal engineer. It was a no-brainer; we’re confident this will be a huge leap in our evolution.”
Elliott adds: “Having worked with Scott on the Thin Lizzy remixes a few years ago, and having produced Ricky, I’m looking forward to taking our journey together even further. I’m proud to be able to contribute to the next chapter in BSR history.”
The as yet untitled record is pencilled in for release in early 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The band remain on the road throughout the spring and summer, and Gorham has said there are plans for a handful of Thin Lizzy shows this year too.
The veteran guitarist reports: “The response has been better than we could have hoped. I haven’t had this much fun in years!”