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Nottingham Royal Concert Hall 15th February 2016.

Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall was a great venue for the start of Thunders 2016 tour and with support from King King and Terrorvision, I was very pleased but not suprised, to hear that it was a sold out gig. Having had the pleasure of seeing Thunder on their farewell tour back in 2009 and despite them having played some shows since then, I didn’t think I’d ever get the chance to see them play live again so I’m now very pleased that I have as I’d forgotten what a great show they put on.

The first support band of the night were King King, who are a four piece blues/rock band from Glasgow. Having listened to some of their tracks before the show, I have to say I did prefer seeing them live as sometimes you need the atmosphere and energy that goes into a live show to really appreciate a bands sound. Albeit there were a few sound difficulties on their first song, King King didn’t let this phase them and carried on. Luckily, this was sorted for the rest of their set and by the time they played ‘Rush Hour’ from their new album ‘Reaching for the Light’, all the crowd were involved and singing along. The band finished their set off tonight with ‘Stranger To Love’, and having enjoyed what I had heard, I would have quite liked them to have carried on and played a little longer.

Alan Nimmo - King King

Our main support band for the tour were Terrorvision who first formed back in 1988 with Mark Yates, Leigh Marklew and Tony Wright who were member of The Spoilt Bratz. After three years of gigs the band were signed to EMI Records and have since toured with bands such as Motorhead, The Ramones and Therapy aswell as opening up for Def Leppard at their homecoming show.

Terrorvision are a band that I have never had the pleasure of seeing live and tonight they put on a great show, with lead singer Tony Wright having an amazing energy on stage. Playing hit after hit including ‘Josephine’, ‘Alice What’s the Matter’ and ‘Do You Wanna Go Faster’, I felt that the only thing that let them down was the fact the fact that the venue was all seated because with a band like Terrorvision, you can’t help but want to be up rocking. The band have recently announced a UK tour in May which will be their Regular Urban Survivor 20th anniversary tour, playing eight dates but unfortunately none of these dates are within travelling distance for me, as I would have loved to see them playing their own show.

Terrorvision

Thunder are a band with a history that needs very little introduction and their set this evening included a variety of classic’s such as ‘River of Pain’, ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’, ‘Backstreet Symphony’ and ‘Love Walked in’.

Danny Bowes - Thunder

But lets not forget that following their critically acclaimed UK Top 10 album ‘Wonder Days’ which was released only last year, these rock legends shot straight to the top of the official UK music DVD chart at the start of February, with their brand new release ‘All You Can Eat’. Impressively, they did this with only two days’ sales, outstripping the other titles which had been on sale for a full week and with songs such as ‘Resurrection Day’ aswell as the albums title track ‘Wonder Days’, I think it’s fair to say that these are new classic’s in the making, as the sound of Thunder certainly rocked Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall tonight.

Luke Morley and Chris Childs - Thunder

Again and regardless of the majority of the audience staying seated, the urge throughout the night to get up and dance was a tough one to fight – especially with me being on the front row of the balcony and also being reasonably tall, as I’m sure I would have annoyed a few if I had. However, with an encore that included ‘Serpentine’ and ‘Dirty Love’, there was no way of remaining seated and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall did get to its feet and participate. As much as I love ‘Dirty Love’ I think the version played tonight had the longest introduction to it that I have ever heard, but it was certainly worth it!

Ben Matthews - Thunder

With the band having now played a major UK arena tour and with plenty of festivals still planned for 2016 and including the Ramblin Man Festival and also the Steelhouse Festival, Thunder are one of the most ‘must see live at least once in your lifetime’ rock bands and this video shows them displaying their formidable chops in a uniquely intimate setting.

A great night was certainly had by all and as far as memories go, I definitely made a few new ones tonight – thankfully without any mention of a farewell tour this time!

For more information visit Thunder The Official Site.

Review by Toni Reed and photos by Neil Reed.

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FEBRUARY UK TOUR & ‘ALL YOU CAN EAT’ DVD

The sensational return of UK rock legends Thunder, who had a Top 10 UK album earlier this year, continues into 2016 with the announcement of five UK arena dates and a three-disc set documenting the story of the band’s incredible latest, Classic Rock Award nominated album, ‘Wonder Days’. The band will be blowing the roof off arenas around the UK in February, including a date at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley.

Says lead singer Danny Bowes: “The shows in March were incredible, and the new songs went down just as well as the Thunder favourites. We can’t wait for February, so we can do it all over again.”

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Support will come from renowned Bradford rockers Terrorvision, who have reformed for their first shows in three years, plus King King, nominees at this year’s Classic Rock Awards for Best New Band.

Terrorvision bassist Leigh Marklew, says “We were discussing the idea of getting back into the ring in 2016, so when the call came from Thunder asking us to be their special guests, the timing was perfect. We agreed it will be a fun tour, a great way to come back.”

From 1992’s debut Formaldehyde through to Super Delux in 2011 – Terrorvision have stomped out their own, original brand of shiny pop rock (with dirt under its fingernails). From crunching metal (Alice, What’s The Matter, American TV), pure pop killers (Oblivion, Perseverance and Tequila), brooding melodrama (Middleman, Some People Say, Bad Actress) to high-octane punk funk (My House, Pretend Best Friend, D’ya Wanna Go Faster), Terrorvision have always delivered the party right to your door.

Feb 2016 Live Dates:

15/02/2016 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

16/02/2016 – Bristol Colston Hall

18/02/2016 – SECC Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

19/02/2016 – Sheffield Arena 20/02/2016 – SSE Arena, Wembley **(see ticket details below)**

Thunder will also be releasing a 3 disc set in January 2016.Entitled ‘All You Can Eat’, it documents the story of ‘Wonder Days’, Thunder’s first studio album for 6 years, and includes a live album, a live in-the-studio session, and a documentary film.

Disc 1 – Hors D’oeuvres – The RAK Session

The session took place at the famous RAK Studio 1 on November 4th and 5th 2014, during the two days preceding the band’s show at Brooklyn Bowl in the O2 in London. The band set up in the studio to record 100% live, and as quickly as possible. They played fourteen songs one after another, with no breaks, no stops, overdubs or fix ups. The end result is astonishing.

Disc 2 – Main Course – Live At The Brooklyn Bowl

The Brooklyn Bowl show on November 6th 2014 was offered free to fans, in association with Classic Rock Magazine. There was no fee for tickets, and fans applied online in their thousands for the chance to hear the band play brand new songs from ‘Wonder Days’, three months ahead of the release, alongside Thunder classics, and some never played before covers. The rules were pretty simple – no cameras, no video, no social media updates, just word of mouth. Thunder fans duly obliged, and the evening was stunning. The show was captured; audio and video, and eight of the songs were given away on the cover of Classic Rock Magazine in January 2015. The rest have stayed in the filing cabinet, until now…

Disc 3 – Dessert – The Wonder Days Film

A documentary made by Tim Sidwell from Toward Infinity, this film details the story behind the making of the ‘Wonder Days’ album, and features extensive band interviews, along with studio footage from the WD session, clips from the live session at RAK Studio 1, the Brooklyn Bowl live show, the triumphant March 2015 UK shows, and the Loud Park show, filmed for TV in Tokyo (Oct 2014). 60 minutes of pure Thunder fan joy…

**Tickets for the tour**

Go on general sale 9am 25/09/2015 at www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Ticket prices are £28.50 for all shows except London where they’ll be £29.50.

Praise for ‘Wonder Days’:

“Brilliant…a massive reminder that class is both timeless and incandescent” 8/10 – Classic Rock

“The best songs they’ve recorded in a decade” 4/5 – Kerrang!

“It sounds amazing. Welcome back.” 8/10 – Metal Hammer

“Classy classic rock from a band who should have many more days ahead of them” – Total Guitar

“Timeless quality… the band sound on top form” – Record Collector

“It’s all about crunching guitar, strong melody and an exceptional vocalist” – Powerplay

“A great record from one of the finest British rock bands around” – Guitar & Bass

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‘Wonder Days’ – The brand new studio album.

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One of the most popular and enduring British rock bands of the last 25 years, with 18 Top 40 singles in the UK and a string of gold and platinum albums around the world, Thunder are set to release their landmark tenth studio album,‘Wonder Days’, on earMUSIC on February 16th 2015.

The group’s first studio album in six years, ‘Wonder Days’ reminds us why Thunder are now more revered than ever before. With a lineage dating back to the cream of hard rock – Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, The Who and Deep Purple and songwriting greats such as The Kinks, The Beatles and The Faces – the band’s sound is a timeless marriage of unforgettable melodies and sheer rock power. Their long-awaited return with ‘Wonder Days’ should ensure that Thunder are elevated to their rightful place in the pantheon of truly great British bands.

In parts a rumination and reflection on the dreams and desires of young men growing up in the 70’s that inspired the band members to form their first band in their early teens, ‘Wonder Days’ is also a potent mix of blues, soul and rock’n’roll that is as contemporary as it is steeped in the finest music of the last few decades.

From the epic Zeppelin-esque title track, through the no-holds-barred pop prowess of potential hit singles ‘The Thing I Want’, ‘Resurrection Day’ and ‘Black Water’, to the big-screen ballad ‘Broken’, Thunder have delivered one of the finest rock albums of recent years.

While the galloping drive of ‘The Prophet’ comes on like an unholy union of Iron Maiden and Whitesnake, the sensual ‘Serpentine’ drips with an archaic Deep South blues vibe before turning into a Royal Blood meets The Raconteurs style stomp. ‘Chasing Shadows’ has all the swagger of primetime Aerosmith while the affecting, mandolin-driven folk tinges of ‘The Rain’ sounds ethereally ageless.

Throughout the album Danny Bowes’ vocals showcase just why he is one of the greatest rock vocalists of his generation; a true foil to guitarist Luke Morley’s powerhouse riffs, scintillating melodies and delicate acoustic strumming.

Though making a good recovery from the tonsil cancer that excluded him from the band’s recent live appearances, rhythm guitarist Ben Matthews has been sadly absent from the sessions so Morley has taken charge of all the guitars and keyboards on the album, with the ever-present Garry ‘Harry’ James on drums and long-term bassist Chris Childs on bass providing the striking rhythmic back-bone to the band.

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Recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, with Luke Morley reprising his role as producer, the album was mixed by the renowned Mike Fraser, whose CV includes such names as Aerosmith, AC/DC and Metallica and who worked on several of the group’s key early records including their celebrated debut, ‘Back Street Symphony’.

Thunder hit the road in March with dates in Leeds, Birmingham and London, with Reef and Tax The Heat as support.

March 2015
Thur 12th – Leeds, First Direct Arena (UK)
Fri 13th – Birmingham, NIA (UK)
Sat 14th – London, Eventim Apollo (UK)

‘Wonder Days’ Track listing
1. Wonder Days
2. The Thing I Want
3. The Rain
4. Black Water
5. The Prophet
6. Resurrection Day
7. Chasing Shadows
8. Broken
9. When The Music Played
10. Serpentine
11. I Love The Weekend

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