The boys are back in town as Warwick and Johnson kick off their UK tour in Sunderland.

As the Black Star Riders are taking some much-needed downtime before embarking on tour with Def Leppard and Whitesnake, the band’s frontman Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson have taken their acoustic show out on the road. The duo have an impressive career between them having performed with Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, The Almighty, Brother Kane, and obviously their latest outfit, Black Star Riders.

The show has a laid back vibe to it, very up close and personal. As the pair take the stage brandishing their trusty axes, the audience pack in tight and often found shouting out requests, to which the band sometimes obliged.

The room evolves into a giant singalong throughout the course of the show. The band treats the audience to a Tour de Force of classic rock anthems from some of their favorite artists. The set includes everything from Eddie Cochrane’s “Summertime Blues” to Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” and pretty much everything in between.

Black Star Riders has a great song book to borrow from as they treat the audience to tracks from all points in their careers. Obvious fan favorites include The Almighty’s “Free and Easy,” Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak,” Alice Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen,” and Black Star Rider’s “Bound For Glory.”

The duo closed out their main set with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” before finishing the show with the classic “Whiskey In The Jar.” They leave the audience wanting more; a great night was had by all.

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