Pete and I worship Criss Oliva’s (Savatage) playing. Criss had a huge influence on my playing, he was a supremely underrated guitarist and I hope you can hear some of his style in both of our playing and hopefully a little bit of Randy Rhoads too.
I have said it before and I will say it again: I am a lucky man when it comes to getting to write about bands. The many years I have been doing this I have managed to discover some bands that have absolutely blown me away and remained a constant in my life from that moment forward. Of course, for every album I listen to that I love; there are at least 10 more that I have had to work my way through that has been the complete opposite. After wading through a sea of crap it’s nice to find an album that I connect with.
Black Star Riders entered studio in Los Angeles in January 2013 to start recording their debut album with the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush). The album will feature material the band wrote whilst touring as Thin Lizzy and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The Black Star Riders record is the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story.