RICKY WARWICK (THE FIGHTING HEARTS, BLACK STAR RIDERS): “A Solo Record Is A Completely Narcissistic Thing To Do”

BLACK STAR RIDERS (Live at The O2 Academy, Newcastle, U.K., October 19, 2019)
Photo: Mick Burgess

Ireland’s Fighting Heart

Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick returns with his 5th solo album When Life Was Hard and Fast [review] on February 19, 2021. Joining Warwick for this album is his backing band The Fighting Hearts; Xavier Muriel (ex-Buckcherry), Robert Crane (Black Star Riders), and Keith Nelson (ex-Buckcherry). Nelson not only plays guitar, but he is also the producer. Warwick states he chose Nelson because he shares his “passion for good, honest, rock ‘n’ soul.” This contributor got an advance copy of When Life Was Hard and Fast. The album is a collection of no bullshit, simple, and catch rock songs. If you only know Ricky for Black Star Riders or The Almighty, then you will surly be surprised at how multifaceted Warwick can be musically.

Ricky gets a little help from his friends on When Life Was Hard and Fast. Guest appearances include Andy Taylor (ex-Duran Duran, Power Station), Luke Morley (Thunder), Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses), Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), and his daughter Pepper Warwick on the touching ballad “Time Doesn’t Seem to Matter.” I had the chance to speak with Ricky Warwick about his new solo album, why writing solo is easier than in a group, his side-work with Andy Taylor, the next Black Star Riders album, and much more…

*Sorry I got the name of the album wrong in our interview Ricky*

The Fighting Hearts are

Robert Crane – Bass
Xavier Muriel – Drums
Keith Nelson – Guitar

Ricky Warwick Links

Official Website
Buy The Album


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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