Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015

Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015

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What do you do when you don’t have enough original members left in your band? Well, if you are Scott Gorham then you create Black Star Riders from the embers of the most recent incarnation of Thin Lizzy. This was a performance that our Chris Bowley had been waiting for, for several months, and it looks as if the suspense was well worth it:

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The set comprised a mix of new, old and covers, with the band gathering pace through Waitin’ For An Alibi the drums kicking and beating then straight into Hoodoo Voodoo .There was good amount of crowd participation and drummer Ricky Warwick led the crowd from mid-set onwards “I need each and every one of you to help me out”.

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Before the main event to get the crowd started was British trio support act Leogun performing Rock n Roll and bought the crowds spirits up with a mix of energy and a great voice, despite the depressing weather outside. Lead singer Tommy Smith looks interesting and very emotive while playing, interesting to watch with fast paced guitar especially through Everyday.”

Second support act tonight with lead singer, World Super Bike Champion James Toseland , of Toseland, performing right into the fast lane. Who would have thought a star who you would believe “to already have it all” as so to speak, from racing bikes to making and performing music

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Back to Black Star Riders and my favourite part of the show with Warwick prompting the crowd: “Are you feeling good? are you having fun?, This is our Finest Hour” What a performance of one of my favourite tracks delivered clean and tight with lots of movement and energy. Coming to a close Warwick continues “Been over Europe and it’s been fantastic,<pauses> We will play lots of headline shows, <pauses> Very simply we owe it to you, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts <pauses>, This is just the beginning” and straight into the next track ,again another of my favourites Killer Instinct.

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Well as it is Black Star Riders Christmas show its only right we see a bit more than just a bit of tinsel draped around the drum kit.

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Ricky Warwick  started Merry Jingle with a bit of a speech: “Listen folks god bless each and every one of you, have a very safe, a very merry Christmas, a brilliant new year, be good to each other cos that’s what’s it’s all about and keep believing in Rock and Roll, cos it can knock down walls and we will continue to knock down walls, as long as we believe that, alright”, before  a wicked beat, and awesome guitars the frantic tune finished by a tremendous roar “ MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!”

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They closed with a predictable Whiskey in the Jar as many of their performancesdo and they finished the night  on the edge of the stage punching the air, with fake snow being chucked all over the crowd.

 

Set list:

Bloodshot

Jailbreak – (Thin Lizzy cover)

Soldierstown

Charlie I Gotta Go

Are You Ready – (Thin Lizzy cover)

Hey Judas

Through the Motions

Waiting for an Alibi – (Thin Lizzy cover)

Hoodoo Voodoo

All Hell Breaks Loose

The Boys Are Back in Town – (Thin Lizzy cover)

Bound for Glory

Blindsided

Kingdom of the Lost

Finest Hour

The Killer Instinct

Rosalie – (Bob Seger cover)

A Merry Jingle – (The Greedies cover)

Whiskey in the Jar

 

Review and photographs: Chris Bowley

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