18 Top 40 hit singles in the UK, a stack of gold and silver albums around the world, a whole host of awards and a fanbase of unswerving loyalty are accomplishments most bands can only dream of, but for British rock band Thunder these are stepping stones in a twenty-five career that have ensured that whenever they have stepped away from the limelight their legend has only grown further.
Having shared the stage with both Aerosmith at Clapham Calling and Mott The Hoople at The O2 in the past year, Thunder will soon emerge from the studio with a brand new album and their own long-awaited shows. Performing to over 20,000 fans across these three headline concerts, in association with Live Nation, the band will be delivering a set of stone-cold hits alongside new material from one of the landmark albums of their illustrious career.
Lead singer Danny Bowes says; "There's always been an incredible bond between our band and Thunder fans all around the world, nowhere more so than the UK, and we're really proud of that. Our audience has continued to grow over the past few years, so these shows will be a coming together of our old fans and the new ones in a fantastic celebration. We're extremely proud of the new album and we can't wait to play the new songs alongside the classics."
Joining Thunder on these shows will be REEF, who will be appearing as Special Guests. Reef have clocked up a sizeable array of hit singles and a formidable live presence since first exploding onto the music scene in 1994 as part of a revitalized Britrock scene alongside the likes of Skunk Anansie and Feeder.
Says lead singer Gary Stringer, "It is our great pleasure to be heading out on the road with a standalone band like Thunder. They've carved out their own path without conforming to anybody else's ideals and we can't wait to get on stage with them next year and have a huge party. Let the good times roll!"
Joining Thunder and Reef will be sharp-dressed, rhythm & blues rockers Tax The Heat from Bristol, whose debut EP was produced by the legendary Chris Goss (QOTSA, The Cult, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Masters Of Reality). Planet Rock described them thus; "They turn up looking like a modern-day Beatles in their suits. You wonder what's going on here then? Then they launch into their tunes. and your jaw hits the floor!"
This tour brings together three great British bands, each with their own individual take on rock'n'roll, to deliver a fantastic night of music and celebration for fans old and new.
Tickets priced at £30 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee)(+booking fee) go on sale exclusively via Thunder's Facebook store on Tues 2nd September at 9am.
Thunder's brand new studio album will be revealed very shortly.
Take a look back at October's inaugural event.
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