The Killer Instinct

by Black Star Riders

~ Clone, tribute, continuation, or abomination? ~

The Black Star Riders grew out of an attempt to get Thin Lizzy back on the road. Scott Gorham* rounded up some of the usual suspects but had a problem – who the hell is going to sing?

Enter Ricky Warwick.

The dude is seriously a dead ringer for Phil Lynott’s voice. And after a couple of tours playing Thin Lizzy covers, they started writing some original material. Fortunately, they came to the very good decision to not release those songs as Thin Lizzy tunes but instead changed the name to Black Star Riders for the new original material. So even though it sounds just like Thin Lizzy updated for the ’90s, it’s not quite the same.

The one place where it’s definitely differentiated from Thin Lizzy is that the production is a thousand times better. Aside from a couple of times that Tony Visconti was on the production board, much of Thin Lizzy’s work was mangled in the studio. The Black Star Riders albums actually have a competent hand guiding them in the studio and it makes all the difference in the world.

* edited – thanks, Bryan!

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