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Terrorvision and Black Star Riders frontmen go acoustic

Two of the loudest men in rock promise a more placid summer set in Newcastle, reports Simon Rushworth

Tony Wright of Terrorvision (left) and Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders
Tony Wright of Terrorvision (left) and Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders

Two decades ago Tony Wright and Ricky Warwick were slugging it out to become the next big thing on the British rock scene.

Wright fronted Bradford chart botherers Terrorvision while Warwick was the voice of The Almighty, support act of choice for many of metal’s biggest early 90s acts.

Fast forward 20 years and if The Almighty is no more – Warwick now fronts Thin Lizzy offshoot Black Star Riders – then Terrorvision are eight years into a remarkable revival.

However, both men have found a window in their hectic schedules to try something different.

A co-headline acoustic tour promises to cast a new light on the very best material both singers can offer.

For Wright it’s a golden opportunity to take the cream of Terrorvision’s back catalogue and remodel it in a stripped down setting.

“There’ll be something old, something new, something borrowed and… a bit of swearing,” joked the frontman, fresh from last month’s Download festival at Castle Donington.

“It will be interesting to do and interesting to see what the fans make of the reworked songs. As for the nuts and bolts of the show? I don’t want to give too much away!

“All I can say is that it will definitely be different to what people have come to expect from a full Terrorvision set.

“I don’t want it to be too much about Terrorvision but of course that will be the predominant flavour. It’ll be a big old mish mash of stuff.”

Twenty years ago Terrorvision opened for hometown favourites Def Leppard at a sell-out show at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium.

It offered four mates from Bradford a golden opportunity to showcase their best material. Three years later the quartet claimed a first top five single and by 1999 the band enjoyed a number two smash with Tequila.

“It was brilliant but playing in front of anyone always is,” added Wright. “It was purely coincidental that we got that gig because I think Joe Elliott (Def Leppard frontman) heard us on the Friday Rock Show and liked our single.

“He told a lot of folk how much he liked us. The Don Valley show was a bit of a drunken haze if I’m honest – or maybe it was the sun that got to me? It was very hot.”

Terrorvision shared a bill with fellow Brit upstarts Thunder that day when a new breed of bands, including The Almighty, the Quireboys, Gun, Little Angels and more, were blazing a trail for homegrown talent.

“I think we actually rolled against that scene and a lot of what was going on back then,” added Wright. “We came along to do something a little bit different. I was proud of the fact that we were a band from Bradford and I didn’t have to sing with a fake LA accent.

“Without naming names I’d heard the Small Faces before and I’d heard Bad Company before. Maybe being a bit different to those bands was what helped us stand out from the crowd.”

Ricky Warwick and Tony Wright play Newcastle’s Cluny on Saturday

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