Black Star Riders Are Headed For Their First Top Ten Album in Britain, Possible Tie With Thin Lizzy's Biggest

by VVN Music

When Phil Lynott died in 1986, Thin Lizzy continued to tour but never recorded another album under the band name.

At the time that the band reformed in 1996, frontman John Sykes said it would only be as a tribute to Lynott's life and work and, throughout the many band changes that occurred over the years, they kept that premise; however, in 2011, guitarist Scott Gorham said that the latest lineup of the band, with Ricky Warwick in front, seemed to be accepted by the fans and they decided to record new material, but under the name Black Star Riders.

Warwick, Gorham and Damon Johnson brought in Robbie Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso to fill out the new group and they released their first album, All Hell Breaks Loose, in 2013, going to number 25 in Britain. They followed two years later with The Killer Instinct which peaked at 13.

Now comes the brand new album, Heavy Fire, and this one looks to be a breakout hit. At midweek in the U.K., it sits at number 2 behind Little Fictions, the new album by Elbow.

If this position holds, not only will it be Black Star Rider's highest charting album but it will tie the top performers from the Thin Lizzy catalog, 1978's Live and Dangerous and 1979's Black Rose: A Rock Legend.

The only other veteran artist with a debut on the mid-week chart is Judas Priest with Turbo 30 (#68)

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