Skid Row & Black Star Riders

Fri May 16 2014

8:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

The Coach House

33157 Camino Capistrano, Suite C San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

All Ages

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  • Skid Row

    Skid Row

    Heavy Metal

    The first rebellion started in 1986.

    New Jersey kids, punk and metal attitude, determined to conquer the world. All for one, banded together with single-minded purpose. The battlefield was the stage, the songs their arsenal in an us-against-them musical coup d'état.

    Top Ten singles. Gold and multi-platinum sales. No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. The world was theirs, the rebellion won, until there was nothing left to fight for — so they fought each other. Following an ill-advised South American tour in 1996, the band was finished. But the core camaraderie never died.

    Skid Row returned to the big stage — literally — opening for Kiss in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves.

    “When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce Skid Row as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan. “We wrote songs and hit the road. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren't doing it for lack of something better to do.”

    Their rebellion continues. United World Rebellion starts now.

  • Black Star Riders

    Black Star Riders

    Heavy Metal

    "Thin Lizzy is a known situation, but with Black Star Riders we're moving into uncharted territory and
    that's pretty damn exciting. I'm having more fun playing right now than I have in years." Scott Gorham
    "Black Star Riders allows us to move forward with passion and integrity, but in saying that it was always
    going to be a continuation of some kind. You can't take the Thin Lizzy out of Scott Gorham - and why the
    hell would you want to?" Ricky Warwick
    Sometimes the head-rush induced by primal rock 'n' roll can't be contained. "All Hell Breaks Loose", the
    title track of Black Star Riders' storming debut album, is a case in point. "Alright Scotty!" roars frontman
    Ricky Warwick, teeing up a certain Mr. Gorham's classy lead guitar salvo. "I love that song starting the
    album", laughs Warwick. "The Lizzy faithful are going to hear Scott's solo and think, 'Fantastic!
    Everything's going to be okay.'"
    Black Star Riders is a brand new band, then, but also one respectful of the past. Together with band mates
    Marco Mendoza and Damon Johnson, Gorham and Warwick have of course toured in various
    configurations of Thin Lizzy in recent years. But while Gorham - the late Phil Lynott's longest serving
    guitar foil - and original Lizzy drummer Brian Downey had every right to lead such a charge, even they
    felt somewhat conflicted when talked turned to the recording of a new Thin Lizzy album.
    "Everybody laid their cards on the table, and ultimately we didn't feel comfortable with it", says Gorham.
    "This record did start out as a Lizzy album, but then we got to thinking about what that would mean in real
    terms, and it wouldn't have been fair to Phil."
    Later, Brian Downey and Lizzy keyboardist Darren Wharton declined to be involved in the new project,
    this an amicable decision sparked by their realisation of just how much subsequent touring would be
    required. It was now doubly clear that a new band name was essential, and with a little help from the
    William Burroughs cut-up technique favoured by David Bowie, Ricky Warwick was on it.
    "Basically, I watched all these old Westerns that I like and wrote down titles and bits of dialogue", he says.
    "Then I cut them all up and threw them on the floor. The 'Black Star' bit came from the film Tombstone,
    and when that landed beside the word 'Riders' I thought, 'Bingo! That's it.' The name suits the music and
    the music suits the name, I think. It's got that edgy, band-as-gang thing."
    All Hell Breaks Loose was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin,
    Aerosmith) at the helm. Working at a rapid pace, the band nailed twelve songs in twelve days. "Jimmy De
    Grasso had played drums in Alice Cooper's band alongside Damon", says Scott Gorham of BSR's newest
    recruit. "First day of rehearsal I saw what all the fuss was about. You need Jimmy to lay something down?
    Bang! It's there."
    Listening to the album, it's clear that Black Star Riders are the kind of hard rock band that won't be
    constrained or typecast. The magnificent guitar riffs on "Hey Judas" really swing; "Someday Salvation" is
    a thing of Lizzy-channeling-Van-Morrison splendour, "Before The War" packs a Clash-like urgency, and
    Dubliner Patrick D'arcy's Irish whistles, uilleann pipes and bodhran bring a magical Celtic lilt to 'Kingdom
    Of The Lost", a song that seems mindful of Thin Lizzy's 1979 classic, Black Rose: A Rock Legend.
    Though County Down, Northern Ireland's Ricky Warwick can now be his own man singing his own lyrics
    again, moreover, he's obviously in touch with the renegades, wild romantics, saints, and sinners that people
    Phil Lynott's finest songs. "I've studied Phil's phrasing and lyrics deeply", says BSR's frontman. "I still
    think of him every day, and I'm sure something of Phil has rubbed off."
    Scott Gorham can testify to that:
    "A lot of singers have told me, 'Phil was my guy'", says the guitarist. "Then you hear what they've done
    and you think, Well you weren't really listening, were you? Ricky, on the other hand, really understands
    Phil and can write page after page of lyrics that blow me away. It's that Irish storyteller thing that's in the
    blood."
    Of his Black Star Riders guitar foil, Damon Johnson, meanwhile, Gorham has this to say: "I don't want to
    get in trouble, but I think my partnership with Damon is one of the best I've had. We both do our share of
    heavy-lifting, but Damon is a real ball of energy and that gets me fired-up, too."
    Together with Warwick, Johnson was also a key writer on All Hell Breaks Loose, countless snatched
    moments in hotel rooms and in the tour bus lounge enabling the pair to gel as a formidable new
    songwriting force.
    The swaggering "Bound For Glory", earmarked as BSR's debut single, marries its twin guitar harmonies to
    a tale of persistence against the odds. "And he knows he can never win / he's just trying to lose a little more
    slowly", sings Warwick at one point.
    "I had the chords for ages, but I couldn't find the right lyric", explains the singer. "Then one night Scott and
    Marco went out for a Chinese in Plymouth, of all places. When the waitress realised who they were, she
    said 'Oh, my dad's a huge Thin Lizzy fan!', and next thing they know they're being introduced to this old
    Chinese guy called Johnny Wong who says to Scott, 'Southbound! I love Southbound!' [song from Lizzy's
    classic 1977 album Bad Reputation]. They got talking and he told them how he'd been kicking against the
    pricks all these years, struggling to make ends meet. That's why the first line of "Bound For Glory" goes,
    'Johnny Wong keeps trying to get it right.'"
    The aforementioned "Before The War", meanwhile, makes no judgement call on the rights or wrongs of
    conflict; rather it contrasts two very different worlds and addresses the difficulties of moving between
    them. "It's about that camaraderie, that band of brothers thing", says Warwick. "It's saying, 'Out here in the
    middle of nowhere I'm very together, but if you'd seen me back in my civilian life …' When I was writing
    the song I saw a documentary on The History Channel that really affected me. When they get discharged a
    lot of these guys are back at square one, despondent and lost."
    Black Star Riders are a band of brothers too, albeit of a very different kind. It's important to remember that
    Gorham and Warwick go back some twenty years now. Back to when Scott gave Ricky a lift to The Castle
    Donnington festival in his sports car when the singer was still fronting The Almighty. Back to Scott
    playing on Ricky's 2003 solo album Tattoos And Alibis.
    "When I first met Ricky I just saw long hair and a lot of ink", laughs Gorham, "but I soon realised what a
    great guy he was."
    "I always feel like Scott's got my back", counters Warwick. "He believes in me and that's a great honour."
    Together with their able Black Star Riders band mates, they've made a debut album to be proud of in All
    Hell Breaks Loose, and Scott Gorham, for one, thinks the late, great Phil Lynott would be down with the
    programme.
    "Phil would dig it", says the guitarist. "In fact, I think he'd like to be in the band."
    James McNair

  • White Lie

    White Lie

    Heavy Metal

Skid Row & Black Star Riders

Fri May 16 2014 8:00 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

The Coach House San Juan Capistrano CA
Skid Row & Black Star Riders
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