Black Star Riders is going on tour in 2015 with Swedish rockers Europe, and young Scottish band The Amorettes is the support act for the dates in the UK. Recently, Black Star Riders and Europe also added two gigs in Ireland to the tour.
Of course, Black Star Riders has one heck of a lineup with Ricky Warwick on vocals, Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson on guitars, Robbie Crane on bass, and Jimmy DeGrasso on drums. The band released a kick-ass album last year named All Hell Breaks Loose, and you can read my review of that album here. The band has a new album set for release in February 2015.
Legendary 80s stars Europe is back in action with Joey Tempest on vocals, Mic Michaeli on keys, John Levén on bass, John Norum on guitars, and Ian Haugland on drums. The band is currently working on a new album – their 10th – with producer Dave Cobb, and recently signed with UDR Records.
The Amorettes is a three-piece crew from Scotland, with Gillian Montgomery on guitar and vocals, Heather McKay on bass and vocals, and Hannah McKay on drums and vocals. Their independently released album Haulin’ Ass from 2010 is still garnering a lot of attention, and the band is winning fans all over the place with their no-BS live-show. I’m really impressed with what I’ve heard from this band on YouTube (unfortunately Haulin’ Ass seems to be sold out everywhere I’m looking online). They have that raw, punk-infused, rock’n’roll thing going on, and I can’t wait to find out more about, and hear more from, this band. The Amorettes will be heading into the studio later this year to work on a brand new album, aiming for a release date in 2015.
****UPDATED FEBRUARY 19, 2015****
Black Star Riders have now announced a total of 6 North American tour-dates as well as the European ones (this is after the Monsters of Rock cruise):
- 04/23/15 Kewadin Casino – Sault St. Marie, MI
- 04/24/15 Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI (with EUROPE)
- 04/25/15 Fineline Café – Minneapolis, MN
- 04/26/15 Rascals Live – Moline, IL
- 04/28/15 House of Blues – Chicago, IL (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]
- 04/30/15 Irving Plaza – New York, NY (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]