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Def Leppard's Joe Elliott hails new Black Star Riders album as ‘by far their best yet’

Def Leppard and Planet Rock’s very own Joe Elliott has heaped praise on Black Star Riders’ new album ‘Another State Of Grace’ calling it “by far their best effort to date.”

Set for release on Friday 6th September via Nuclear Blast, the album boasts 10 all new Black Star Riders songs including the rousing title track ‘Another State Of Grace’.

Having heard the album ahead of its release, rock icon and Black Star Riders aficionado, Joe Elliott, has lavished it with praise, saying: “I’ve been an ardent supporter ever since they started their journey having moved away from being Thin Lizzy and becoming a legitimate band in their own right. For me, this is by far their best effort to date.”

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‘Another State of Grace’ is the first Black Star Riders long-player to feature drummer Chad Szeliga, who joined the band in 2017 following the departure of Jimmy DeGrasso, and Stone Sour’s Christian Martucci on lead guitar, who replaced Damon Johnson in December.

After exclusively revealing their new album plans at Planet Rockstock last December, Black Star Riders recorded ‘Another State of Grace’ at Sphere Studios in Burbank, California in February with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Uriah Heep).

Singer Ricky Warwick says: “This has probably been the most enjoyable experience in the studio I have had making a record. The vibe and commitment the boys brought into this was stellar. Our most anthemic and soulful album to date. I’m very proud and excited for people to hear Another State Of Grace !”

‘Another State of Grace’ is available on CD, vinyl and vinyl picture disc, limited edition boxset and limited edition light green vinyl.

The track-listing is as follows:

1. Tonight The Moonlight Let Me Down
2. Another State Of Grace
3. Ain’t The End Of The World
4. Underneath The Afterglow
5. Soldier In The Ghetto
6.Why Do You Love Your Guns?
7. Standing In The Line Of Fire
8. What Will It Take?
9. In The Shadow Of The War Machine
10. Poisoned Heart

Following the September release of ‘Another State of Grace’, Black Star Riders will embark on a sprawling Planet Rock Presents UK and Ireland tour bracketing their previously announced Glasgow Braehead Arena gig with Saxon.

Special guests at all dates (except the Saxon gig in Glasgow) are Stone Broken, while Wayward Sons will open all the dates apart from Belfast and Dublin. Tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now.

See Black Star Riders at the following shows:

Bristol O2 Academy – Thu 10th
Cambridge Corn Exchange – Fri 11th
London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Sat 12th
Wrexham William Aston Hall – Sun 13th
Dublin Academy – Wed 16th*
Belfast Limelight – Thu 17th
Glasgow Braehead Arena – Fri 18th (supporting Saxon)
Newcastle O2 Academy – Sat 19th
Nottingham Rock City – Sun 20th
Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion – Tue 22nd
Bournemouth O2 Academy – Wed 23rd
Cardiff University Great Hall – Thu 24th
Wolverhampton Steel Mill – Fri 25th
Leeds O2 Academy – Sat 26th
Manchester O2 Ritz – Sun 27th

>> Click here to buy tickets <<

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