THUNDER ANNOUNCE XMAS SHOW 2011 – DANNY BOWES AND BEN MATTHEWS  ANNOUNCE AN EVENING WITH DANNY & BEN

THUNDER ANNOUNCE XMAS SHOW 2011 – DANNY BOWES AND BEN MATTHEWS ANNOUNCE AN EVENING WITH DANNY & BEN

thunder2Following their High Voltage triumph this summer, Thunder have decided to play a Christmas show at Rock City, Nottingham, on 21st December.  This will be the first Thunder Xmas show since 2008. 

The show will be a two set mix of acoustic and full-on electric sets, featuring Thunder songs and covers, with special guests and festive fun.

Tickets are priced at £27.50 (subject to booking fee) and go on sale on Friday 16th September at 9.00am from the box office ( 0845 413 4444) in person at the venue or from:www.alt-tickets.co.uk

The show will be recorded, and the ticket price includes a CD of the highlights. There will also be a second slightly different version, which will be sold exclusively via the Thunder Shop.   There are no plans for any other shows in 2012.

DannyBenSMDanny Bowes & Ben Matthews will play 8 intimate sit down shows in January 2012. Each “Evening With Danny & Ben” will be a relaxed mix of stripped down Thunder tunes & their favourite cover versions, plus stories from their combined 760 years in the music business.  The shows will be seated, and those who attend will be “actively encouraged” to join in.  Exact details are top secret at this time.

There will be no support band, but there will be 2 sets each night, with a short interval in the middle. 

Danny says: “Ben and I visited a secondary school a little while ago to give a talk to a load of 15 year old music students. Having agreed to do it, we were a bit apprehensive, and thought it might be a bit dull for them, having 2 old gits spouting on about the music business and touring etc, but we were wrong, they loved it. That started us thinking, always dangerous, the next thing we were doing some shows. Lord help us all….”

Ben says: “I’ve always enjoyed doing interviews with Danny, I didn’t get the opportunity that often but when we did it was always a lot of fun, that’s when I could get a word in edgeways!  We seem to have the knack of making each other laugh, so we thought it would be a great idea to see if we could do the same in front of an audience. If all else fails we’ll play them a song or two and do a runner…”

Date City Venue  Box Office  Website
January      

5th

Gateshead The Sage Hall 2 0191 443 4661 www.thesagegateshead.org
6th Glasgow Oran Mor 0141 357 6200 www.oran-mor.co.uk
7th Manchester Academy 0161 832 1111 www.manchesteracademy.net
10th Birmingham Glee Club 0871 472 0400 www.glee.co.uk/birmingham
11th Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660 352 www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
12th Cambridge Junction 01223 511 511 www.junction.co.uk
19th Sheffield Memorial Hall 0114 2789 789 www.shefffieldcityhall.co.uk/memorial
20th London Bush Hall 0844 477 1000 www.bushhallmusic.co.uk

Tickets are £17.50 each (Subject to booking fee) and go on sale on Friday 16th September at 9.00am.    They are available from www.livenation.co.uk

A very civilized and fun evening for all, the perfect antidote to the New Year Blues…

THUNDER RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM AND REUNITE FOR ONE-OFF FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

THUNDER RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM AND REUNITE FOR ONE-OFF FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

ThunderUnionBoth Thunder and The Union are firm supporters of Childline Rocks, which raises much needed money for both Childline and the NSPCC.

Having played at various fundraising live events over the years, Ben, Danny & Luke (Thunder) and Pete (The Union) will join a 25 plus group of likeminded nutters (including Scott Rowley from Classic Rock Magazine and Andy “Bravo Two Zero” McNab) for a charity Harley Davidson motorcycle ride in the USA.  

The remaining members of both bands will join them in Ketchum Idaho on July 16th for a one off Battle Of The Bands type competition, at The Sun Valley Pavilion. There is no prize as such, but Thunder needed a warm up show for their High Voltage appearance (their first since 2009), and the winners get to drink their own body weight in beer…

 

The Schedule:
JULY  
10th Depart UK – Calgary, transfer to Cranbrook (BC)
11th Ride 161 miles Cranbrook to Waterton (Alberta)
12th Ride 116 miles Waterton to Whitefish (Montana)
13th Ride 145 miles Whitefish to Missoula / Lolo
14th Ride 250 miles Lolo – McCall (Idaho)
15th Ride 217 miles MCall via Stanley to Ketchum
16th The Show at The Sun Valley Pavillion 
17th Return to UK

With a bunch of musicians together on a road trip, there will be musical moments each night of the journey, mostly guitars around the campfire stuff.  All of this will be captured for posterity via audio and video recordings. 

They’ve already raised close to £10,000 (incl Gift Aid) for Childline, but would like to raise more. We all know times are tough right now, so it’s all the more important that Childline get the funds they need to continue the vital work they do.  Anything you can give will help, even £1.00.

Donations can be made at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Thunder2011

As an added incentive, donors of £10 or more will get the audio recordings of the music made on the journey.  £25 or more will get the music plus the video clips made by the band members.

We hope you can find it in your heart (and perhaps under the cushions in the sofa) to donate something (anything) to this extremely worthy cause and make it a brilliant and successful trip.

All and any promotional assistance you can provide on this would be gratefully received.
Thanks a million
Ben, Danny, Luke and Peter

Follow the ride on Planet Rock Radio and Classic Rock online

 
THUNDER RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM AND REUNITE FOR ONE-OFF FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

THUNDER RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM AND REUNITE FOR ONE-OFF FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

Thunder - Rough and ready

Thunder, who split nearly 2 years ago, will release a live CD, THUNDER – LIVE – ROUGH & READY on 1st March 2011The album will be released in a double gatefold 4 CD digipack and will be available exclusively online at www.thunderonline.com and www.thunderonline-shop.co.ukPre-order online now.

Thunder will also reunite for a one-off appearance at High Voltage Festival at Victoria Park, London on Sunday 24th July.

The 4 CD live release features Thunder recorded at 2 shows during the “The Magnificent Seventh” tour in 2005. It’s called Rough & Ready, to contrast the difference in audio quality between the two shows (one was recorded straight off the mixing desk, the other is a proper multi-track recording). Whilst the audio quality varies, the band’s performance does not…

Several songs from The Magnificent Seventh CD made their live debut on this tour, and two of them (Monkey See Monkey Do & The Gods Of Love) were seldom played afterwards, though listening to them on here, it’s hard to understand why!

This does not mean that Thunder are getting back together, and there are no plans to record or release any new material. Luke Morley and Chris Childs have stressed that whilst they’re both looking forward to playing a Thunder show, their commitment to The Union and the new album release (later this year) is undiminished. Harry James is about to go on tour with Magnum and other ex-Thunder band members’ Danny Bowes and Ben Matthews other activities will also remain unchanged.

Danny says: “I can’t lie, I’ve missed singing and being in the band more than I thought I would over the past couple of years, so when High Voltage called last week, I was keen to explore it. We’re still releasing the new Rough & Ready live album, but there’s no plan to do any other recording going forwards. It will be great to play again, and we’re really excited”.

Full Track Listing and details:

CD1 & 2 – Rough
Recorded live straight off the mixing desk at Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan on July 3rd 2005. Ben sprinkled some magic fairy dust reverb during mastering, but there are no overdubs, no mix tweaks, nothing. It’s a bootleg in all but name, that’s why the audience is so quiet.

CD3 & 4 – Ready
Recorded using the Thunder Mobile at Shepherds Bush Empire, London UK on March 10th 2005. Mixed & mastered by Ben at Chez Bez Studios, London. Once again there are no overdubs, no fix ups etc.

CD1 – Rough    
1 Loser 6 You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
2 Amy’s On The Run 7 Don’t Wait For Me
3 Higher Ground 8 The Gods Of Love
4 I’m Dreaming Again 9 River Of Pain
5 Monkey See Monkey Do    
CD2 – Rough    
1 Until My Dying Day 5 Low Life In High Places
2 Fade Into The Sun 6 Dirty Love
3 I Love You More Than Rock’n’Roll 7 A Better Man
4 She’s So Fine 8 Pinball Wizard
CD3 – Ready    
1 Loser 6 You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
2 Amy’s On The Run 7 Don’t Wait For Me
3 Higher Ground 8 The Gods Of Love
4 I’m Dreaming Again 9 Stand Up
5 Monkey See Monkey Do    
CD4 – Ready    
1 Love Walked In 4 Backstreet Symphony
2 Fade Into the Sun 5 A Better Man
3 I Love You More Than Rock ‘n’ Roll 6 Dirty Love

Luke says: “I thoroughly enjoyed playing at the inaugural High Voltage last year with The Union, so I’m really looking forward to getting together with the rest of the boys for a one-off reunion (no pun intended).  Fortunately it fitted in nicely with everything else we’re doing so in the end it was difficult to say no. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun”.

Thunder formed in 1989, releasing their debut album Backstreet Symphony in 1990, which went Gold, as did their follow-up Laughing on Judgement Day, which peaked at number 2 in the UK album charts. Their legendary appearance in 1990 at Monsters of Rock at Donington cemented their place in the hearts of British rock fans. They split up twenty years later, after twenty top-50 singles, 9 studio albums and a 2-year hiatus.

Full festival and line up details can be found at http://www.highvoltagefestival.com/

“20 YEARS OUT”  THUNDER’S FAREWELL TOUR SUPPORT BANDS ANNOUNCED

“20 YEARS OUT” THUNDER’S FAREWELL TOUR SUPPORT BANDS ANNOUNCED

thunder2The ticket buying frenzy for Thunder’s Farewell tour is still in full swing and tickets are selling swiftly. Manchester is now sold out, and there are very few tickets left for Sheffield.

There are still some tickets left for the band’s FINAL SHOW at the Hammersmith Apollo on 11th July, after the hasty change of venue due to the previous venue selling out in 46 hours!

Thunder decided that rather than take out a single support band for their final fling, they would invite 4 bands to be their very special guests on the dates. All the bands are friends of the band or have worked with Thunder in the past, so there could be some wild nights on the road…..and maybe even on the stage!

Support bands for the shows are as follows:

Logan –
(Glasgow & Manchester)
Airrace –
(Sheffield & Cambridge) – recently reformed
The Quireboys –
(Newcastle & Nottingham)
The Electric Boys –
(Wolverhampton & London) – recently reformed

We’ve played loads of fantastic shows over the last 20 years, but we want all the shows between now and when we go to be the best we’ve ever done. We really hope you’ll want to be there to help us to do that. And Thanks for everything” – Thunder

Thunder are (for the next 4 months): Danny Bowes – vocals; Luke Morley – guitars & vocals; Ben Matthews – guitar & keyboards; Chris Childs – bass and Harry James – drums.

Date City Venue Tickets Box Office
Wed 1st July Glasgow O2 Academy £22.00 08444 999 990
Fri, 3rd July Manchesrter Academy £22.00 0844 576 5483
Sat, 4th July Sheffield City Hall £22.00 114 278 9789
Sun, 5th July Cambridge Corn exchange £22.00 01223 357 851
Tues, 7th July Newcastle City Hall £22.00 0191 261 2606
Wed, 8th July Nottingham Rock City £22.00 0871 3100 000
Fri, 10th July Wolverhampton Civic Hall £22.00 0870 320 7000
Sat, 11th July London Hammersmith Apollo £25.50 08448 444 748

Tickets for all venues on sale now. Existing ticket holders for the London show at Shepherds Bush should contact their point of purchase for exchange information for the Hammersmith Apollo show. Doors open at all venues at 7.00pm except Manchester which is 7.30pm.

All tickets subject to booking fee.

Buy online at www.livenation.co.uk – credit cards (24 hour) 0844 576 5483.

Thunder formed in 1989, releasing their debut album Backstreet Symphony in 1990, which went Gold, as did their follow-up Laughing on Judgement Day, which peaked at number 2 in the UK album charts. Their legendary appearance in 1990 at Monsters of Rock at Donington cemented their place in the hearts of British rock fans. Twenty years later, after twenty top-50 singles, 9 studio albums and a 2-year hiatus, this really is the end of the trail for Thunder.

“20 YEARS OUT”  THUNDER’S FAREWELL TOUR  CHANGE OF VENUE AND NEW DATES ADDED

“20 YEARS OUT” THUNDER’S FAREWELL TOUR CHANGE OF VENUE AND NEW DATES ADDED

ThunderWhen Thunder announced 2 weeks ago that after 20 years they were calling it a day and bowing out with a final tour, they had no idea that they would spark such a ticket buying frenzy. The final show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Academy sold out in 46 hours. This unbelievable demand has prompted a hasty change of venue to accommodate the disappointed fans. They will now perform their last ever UK show on 11th July at the Hammersmith Apollo.

And that’s not all… the lack of a Scottish show prompted Glasgow’s 96.3 Rock Radio to launch a petition. To date, almost 1,000 fans have voted with their signatures persuading the band to add a Glasgow date on 1st July at the O2 Academy.

Each of the 5 musicians has been spending more time on activities outside the band. Having discussed it at very great length,Thunder have now announced their last ever UK tour, during which they will say thank you and bid an extremely fond farewell to their fans and rock it up for the very last time.

We’ve played loads of fantastic shows over the last 20 years, but we want all the shows between now and when we go to be the best we’ve ever done. We really hope you’ll want to be there to help us to do that. And Thanks for everything” – Thunder

Thunder are (for the next 5 months): Danny Bowes – vocals; Luke Morley – guitars & vocals; Ben Matthews – guitar & keyboards; Chris Childs – bass and Harry James – drums.

The dates are as follows (new info in bold):-

The dates are as follows:-

Date City Venue Tickets Box Office
Wed 1st July Glasgow O2 Academy £22.00 08444 999 990
Fri, 3rd July Manchesrter Academy £22.00 0844 576 5483
Sat, 4th July Sheffield City Hall £22.00 114 278 9789
Sun, 5th July Cambridge Corn exchange £22.00 01223 357 851
Tues, 7th July Newcastle City Hall £22.00 0191 261 2606
Wed, 8th July Nottingham Rock City £22.00 0871 3100 000
Fri, 10th July Wolverhampton Civic Hall £22.00 0870 320 7000
Sat, 11th July London Hammersmith Apollo £25.50 08448 444 748

Tickets for Glasgow & London go on sale at 9:00am Friday 13th February (all other venues on sale now). Existing ticket holders for the London show should contact their point of purchase for exchange information.

All tickets subject to booking fee.

Buy online at www.livenation.co.uk – credit cards (24 hour) 0844 576 5483.

Thunder formed in 1989, releasing their debut album Backstreet Symphony in 1990, which went Gold, as did their follow-up Laughing on Judgement Day, which peaked at number 2 in the UK album charts. Their legendary appearance in 1990 at Monsters of Rock at Donington cemented their place in the hearts of British rock fans. Twenty years later, after twenty top-50 singles, 9 studio albums and a 2-year hiatus, this really is the end of the trail for Thunder.

“20 YEARS OUT”  THUNDER’S FAREWELL TOUR ANNOUNCED

“20 YEARS OUT” THUNDER’S FAREWELL TOUR ANNOUNCED

ThunderAfter 20 years of recording and touring, THUNDER, the band with the most loyal fans in rock, have decided this is a fitting time to hitch up their wagons and ride into the sunset.

Each of the 5 musicians has been spending more time on activities outside the band. Having discussed it at very great length, Thunder have now announced their last ever UK tour, during which they will say thank you and bid an extremely fond farewell to their fans and rock it up for the very last time.

We’ve played loads of fantastic shows over the last 20 years, but we want all the shows between now and when we go to be the best we’ve ever done. We really hope you’ll want to be there to help us to do that. And Thanks for everything” – Thunder

Thunder are (for the next 6 months): Danny Bowes – vocals; Luke Morley – guitars & vocals; Ben Matthews – guitar & keyboards; Chris Childs – bass and Harry James – drums.

The dates are as follows:-

Date City Venue Tickets Box Office
Fri, 3rd July Manchesrter Academy £22.00 0844 576 5483
Sat, 4th July Sheffield City Hall £22.00 114 278 9789
Sun, 5th July Cambridge Corn exchange £22.00 01223 357 851
Tues, 7th July Newcastle City Hall £22.00 0191 261 2606
Wed, 8th July Nottingham Rock City £22.00 0871 3100 000
Fri, 10th July Wolverhampton Civic Hall £22.00 0870 320 7000
Sat, 11th July London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire £25.50 0844 477 2000

Tickets will be on general sale as of Friday 30th January. All tickets subject to booking fee. Buy online at www.livenation.co.uk– credit cards (24 hour) 0844 576 5483.

Thunder formed in 1989, releasing their debut album Backstreet Symphony in 1990, which went Gold, as did their follow-up Laughing on Judgement Day, which peaked at number 2 in the UK album charts. Their legendary appearance in 1990 at Monsters of Rock at Donington cemented their place in the hearts of British rock fans. Twenty years later, after twenty top-50 singles, 9 studio albums and a 2-year hiatus, this really is the end of the trail for Thunder.