Saxon / Black Star Riders
Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m.
SAXON are touring on their brand-new 2018 release, Thunderbolt, featuring the single “They Played Rock and Roll” dedicated to Motörhead and the iconic frontman Lemmy. Along with 11 other new tracks, Thunderbolt keeps up the band’s tradition of hard-rocking, quintessentially British heavy metal.
Leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, beginning in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Saxon has never stopped producing its brand of authentic rock and roll. After 40 years of pumping out some of the hardest rock on either side of the Atlantic, the band soldiers into the 21st century with the same passion and drive that allowed them to weather the changing tastes of audiences throughout the years, all while still appealing to their die-hard fans.
After great success with both U.S. headline shows and dates with Judas Priest over last couple of years, the band are back and as unapologetically metal as ever. Saxon are: Biff Byford (vocals), Paul Quinn (guitar), Nigel Glockler (drums), Doug Scarrett (guitar) and Tim “Nibbs” Carter (bass).
Black Star Riders
The next evolution of the band Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders began as a full-time endeavor by Thin Lizzy bandmates to write and record new material under another name “out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created.”
The band kicked things off in 2012 with the debut album All Hell Breaks Loose and quickly followed that up with 2013’s The Killer Instinct. February 2017 saw Black Star Riders release its third studio album, Heavy Fire, to widespread critical acclaim. The album went on to gain worldwide chart success, reaching #1 in the U.K. Rock and Indie charts, #3 in the U.K. Vinyl chart, #6 in the U.K. National chart, #11 in the German National chart, #6 in the U.S. Hard Rock chart, #22 U.S. Independent chart and #25 in the U.S. Rock chart.
Following a sold-out European tour in early 2017, Black Star Riders returned to the UK for a headline tour in November 2017, and are now currently touring the U.S. with Judas Priest and Saxon. Black Star Riders are: Ricky Warwick (lead vocals, guitar), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Robbie Crane (bass), Chad Szeliga (drums).