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Black Star Riders 2015Sault St. Marie (MI), Minneapolis (MN), and Moline (IL) are the three additional U.S. cities where melodic hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS will be taking the finesse of their high-caliber headlining show this April in support of their second studio album, The Killer Instinct, due out in North America on February 24th.

The six U.S. dates (three as special guests to EUROPE) follow the band’s appearance on this year’s Monsters Of Rock cruise:

04/23/15  Kewadin Casino – Sault St. Marie, MI

04/24/15  Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI (with EUROPE)

04/25/15  Fineline Café – Minneapolis, MN

04/26/15  Rascals Live – Moline, IL

04/28/15  House of Blues – Chicago, IL  (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]

04/30/15  Irving Plaza – New York, NY (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]

Pre-sale ticket links are available on the official BLACK STAR RIDERS Facebook page.

The Killer Instinct was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON) and is a perfectly crafted collection of organic & musical short stories seasoned with harmonized guitar riffs, barbed wire choruses, and a level of musicianship that will stand the test of time.  One listen to “Through The Motions,” “Finest Hour,” “Soldierstown,” “Blindsided,” and “Sex, Guns & Gasoline” proves that the emotions evoked by hard rock music are timeless and that great songwriting trumps formulaic checklists each and every time.

The evidence: the official music video for “Finest Hour”

A lustrous contribution to the chronicles of rock’s inter-generational legacy, The Killer Instinct features an all-star line-up of seasoned professionals including guitarist Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY, 21 GUNS), vocalist Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY), guitarist Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, ALICE COOPER/BROTHER CANE), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, MEGADETH), and bassist Robbie Crane (RATT, LYNCH MOB).

Long-time guitar hero Scott Gorham shares: “THIN LIZZY is a known situation, but with BLACK STAR RIDERS we’re moving into uncharted territory and that’s pretty damned exciting. I’m having more fun playing right now than I have in years.”


  • Live acoustic versions of “The Killer Instinct” & “Finest Hour” + two special Artist Profile episodes featuring  guitarist Damon Johnson & vocalist Ricky Warwick on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.



  • Discover Damon Johnson’s life-altering albums here.


BSR - The Killer InstinctThe Killer Instinct can be pre-ordered in multiple formats (domestic, import, and exclusive vinyl) from the album’s landing page:

The track listing for the 2-CD digi-pak version of The Killer Instinct is:

01. The Killer Instinct (purchase the single on iTunes)

02. Bullet Blues

03. Finest Hour

04. Soldierstown

05. Charlie I Gotta Go

06. Blindsided
07. Through The Motions

08. Sex, Guns & Gasoline

09. Turn In Your Arms

10. You Little Liar


01 – Gabrielle

02 – The Reckoning Day

03 – The Killer Instinct (acoustic)

04 – Blindsided (acoustic)

05 – Charlie I Gotta Go (acoustic)

06 – Finest Hour (acoustic)

BLACK STAR RIDERS will co-headline a 16-date tour throughout the U.K. & Ireland with EUROPE beginning in early March 2015, return to the U.S. to appear on the Monsters Of Rock cruise and play six shows in America in April, then perform at England’s Download Festival this June.

The band’s debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, debuted on the following four American Billboard charts in May 2013: #5 – Heatseekers chart; #15 – Hard Rock Albums chart; #20 – Tastemaker Albums chart; and #35 – Top Independent Albums chart.

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