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Black Star Riders

With support from The Dead Daisies and Western Sand.

Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton 30th November 2013.

Wolverhampton has been well and truly gearing itself up in anticipation of this evening, as tonight The Wulfrun is playing host to the outstanding Black Star Riders with support from The Dead Daisies and Western Sand.

With the room already three quarters full, Western Sand set about making their acquaintance with the Wolverhampton audience. Hailing from the south of England, Tyler Hains (vocals and guitar), Jimmy Bradshaw (lead guitar), Findlay Hotchkiss (bass) and Nathan Kay (drums) have made a worthy niche for themselves with an admiral repertoire of no nonsense rock ‘n’ roll that certainly fitted the bill tonight.

Western Sand

A little bit of detective work on our second band for tonight, The Dead Daisies, had uncovered a line up exciting enough to take your breathe away – let me show you what I mean… The Dead Daisies comprise of Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS) on vocals, Charley Drayton (The X-pensive Winos/The Cult) on drums, Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/Thin Lizzy) on guitar, Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) on bass, David Lowry (Red Phoenix/Mink) on guitar and Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) on keyboards.

Charley Drayton - The Dead Daisies

With their self titled album release having received some pretty healthy reviews, their set list tonight gave us the opportunity to hear several tracks from it and included the recently released UK single ‘Lock ‘n’ Load’. The Dead Daisies are a band destined to make seriously good rock ‘n’ roll and I can’t wait to see them back again sometime soon in this neck of the woods.

Jon Stevens - The Dead Daisies

Our headlining act Black Star Riders have touched the hearts and CD players of many since their respectful inception in December 2012. Borne out of the greatness that is Thin Lizzy but with the intention of writing new music in their own and current vein, the rock community has watched and listened to that which these world renowned musicians would set about creating, and if the genuine acclaim and support that went out to the band from The Wulfrun’s audience is anything to go by, this evolution is one that has readily been met with much approval.

Scott Gorham - Black Star Riders

Black Star Riders storybook set list visited upon several tracks from their first album release, with its title track ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ detonating The Wulfrun into life. From a personal perspective, those first few seconds of hearing the velocity of the crowds roar, the feeling of their forward surge behind the pit barriers and the combined and blistering adrenaline kick that was erupting up on stage, all made for one of those breath taking moments that you don’t tend to forget!

Ricky Warwick - Black Star Riders

And the great music and the good times kept coming. With several Thin Lizzy classics such as ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Emerald’ fuelling their set on further – Black Star Riders held nothing back! Wolverhampton was witness to a spectacular display of dazzling guitar riffs courtesy of Messrs Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, the rich and rugged vocals of Ricky Warwick, a plethora of rolling bass lines provided by the one and only Marco Mendoza, that were delivered in true partnership with the master drum strokes of Jimmy DeGrasso.

Marco Mendoza - Black Star Riders

Set List: 1. All Hell Breaks Loose 2. Are You Ready* 3. Bloodshot 4. Bad Reputation* 5. Before The War 6. Jailbreak* 7. Hoodoo Voodoo 8. Massacre* 9. Kingdom Of The Lost 10. Hey Judas 11. Southbound* 12. Kissin’ The Ground 13. Valley Of The Stones 14. Emerald* 15. Bound For Glory 16. Cowboy Song* 17. The Boys Are Back In Town*  Encore: Whiskey In The Jar* and Rosalie**

Thin Lizzy* Bob Seager**

It is nights like this that personify the worth of supporting live music the world over, whether you are there to see a promising up and coming talent or to soak up the mightiness of the masters in their field. This evening brought me many memories and I look forward to the many more musical highlights that I’m sure are still yet to come from these three great bands.

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.