Black Star Riders – Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY – 03/14/2018

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Buffalo, NY – The Black Star Riders, who are currently on tour with Judas Priest and Saxon,  as a supporting act, took advantage of a day off from the tour to perform a headlining show at the Buffalo Iron Works club in Buffalo, NY.


The Black Star Riders, who were formed out of the ashes of classic rock band, Thin Lizzy, consists of veteran musicians: Scott Gorham – guitars, Damon Johnson – guitars, Ricky Warwick – vocals/guitar, Robert Crane – bass and Chad Szeliga – drums.

On this evening, a smaller than expected crowd witnessed an intense, 18-song performance, which featured many tracks from the band’s recently released third record, ‘Heavy Fire.’ Although the band was plagued with a poor sound mix, they still managed to deliver the goods.

Guitarists, Gorham and Johnson, dazzled the audience with some incredible fretwork. Gorham- at age 67- is still a force on the six string. The duo’s performance on the encore, the Thin Lizzy classic, “The Boys Are Back in Town,” was truly spectacular in such an intimate setting.  Unfortunately, less than 50 people witness this magical event.  Pretty sad, but when you think about it,  it’s kind of the norm for a cold Wednesday night in downtown Buffalo.

If you love classic rock, you must check out the Black Star Riders. They are currently on tour with Judas Priest and Saxon. Or, you can check out their three releases: ‘Heavy Fire’ (2017), ‘The Killer Instinct’ (2015) and ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ (2013).

For more on Black Star Riders, please visit

BSR 2018 duo RMS

BSR 2018 Scott Gorham RMS

BSR 2018 Damon RMS

Black Star Riders – Setlist 03/14/2018

All Hell Breaks Loose
Finest Hour
Heavy Fire
Testify or Say Goodbye
Before the War
Dancing With the Wrong Girl
Hey Judas
When the Night Comes In
Cold War Love
Ticket to Rise
The Killer Instinct
Kingdom of the Lost
Bound for Glory
The Boys Are Back in Town


2 thoughts on “Black Star Riders – Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY – 03/14/2018

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  1. Hey Ben, It was a great show. If you haven’t already, check out the BSR’s three releases. Thank you for checking out the review! I hope that the band plays near you soon.


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