Black Star Riders’ Ricky Warwick hospitalised with pleurisy

Ricky Warwick
Ricky Warwick (Image credit: Conor Kinahan/SOPA Images/LightRocket - Getty)

Black Star Riders (opens in new tab) frontman Ricky Warwick (opens in new tab) has been hospitalised with pleurisy.

The condition causes the inflammation of the tissue between the lungs and ribcage, with Warwick saying he’s likely to be under medical supervision for another few days.

The vocalist and guitarist says: “Wee update from the hospital. I’ve been finally – after numerous tests – been diagnosed with pleurisy of the right lung – a form of pneumonia. 

“I’m still in hospital and probably will be for another couple of days. I’m feeling a little better every day but it’s a slow process – but compared to some poor souls I’ve nothing too much to complain about. 

“Never been in hospital overnight in my life until I came down with this. I suppose 53 not out is a good run so far!”

Warwick adds: “I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the lovely kind messages of support you’ve all sent me. It’s very humbling and has cheered me up no end. Thank you all. Hopefully normal service will be resumed soon.”

Black Star Riders will headline the UK’s Stonedead festival at Newark Showground on August 29. The band will be joined on the bill by artists including Terrorvision (opens in new tab), Gun (opens in new tab), Tyketto (opens in new tab), Blaze Bayley (opens in new tab), Tygers Of Pan Tang (opens in new tab) and the Kris Barras Band (opens in new tab).

BSR released their latest studio album Another State Of Grace in September last year.

Black Star Riders: Another State Of Grace (opens in new tab)

Black Star Riders: Another State Of Grace (opens in new tab)
Black Star Riders released their fourth studio album Another State Of Grace in 2019. It's the follow-up to 2017's Heavy Fire and features the anthemic title track.

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