|Thunder – Manchester, HMV – 16 February 2017|
|Written by Lindsey Appleton|
|Friday, 17 February 2017 19:28|
Yesterday evening, I headed down to HMV in Manchester where the fabulous British rockers Thunder are showcasing some of their new material from their newly released album ‘Rip It Up’ as well as some old time classics, with a meet and greet with fans afterwards.
Missing lead guitarist Luke Morley today as he has been struck down with the flu, or as front man Danny Bowes jokes ‘he is down the pub he just didn’t fancy coming along today’, their legion of fans showed out in full force filling up the aisles in this quaint little city centre store.
The band prove they still sound as clean cut as the day they started as they belt out their first song ‘The Enemy Inside’ off their new album ‘Rip It Up’, this song gets the crowds energised for the evening as Danny powers out some almighty vocals, with Chris Childs on bass complimenting Ben Matthews skilful guitar work, this evening is proving to be a monumental.
Next up is all time classic ‘Backstreet Symphony’, the title track of Thunder’s first album released back in 1990 to which the band achieved their first two UK Top 30 hits with singles from this album. The crowds sing along with this all-time favourite, with Danny stopping and starting throughout their set engaging the crowds with his light hearted banter, humour and great music keeping the atmosphere bubbling away nicely.
Next up is ‘The Rain’ from Thunders tenth studio album, ‘Wonder Days,’ which was released in February 2015. This track is filled with harmonious melodies and inspirational lyrics which reflects on how the band has grown over the years with a mix of bluesy soul and rock and roll all crammed into one bite sized delight.
The variety of songs that Thunder has showcased so far have proved to themselves as well as their fans the versatility and overall mix has been nothing but a powerhouse of riffs, scintillating melodies and with a good rhythmic backbone there has been nothing so far tonight that i can flaw.
‘River Of Pain’ is the next song which is off Thunder's ‘Behind Closed Doors’ album released back in 1995, with a change of pace, this light edged rock song accompanied with softer vocals gets you toe tapping and bouncing along, taking you back to the old school days of Thunder.
Thunder finish their set with ‘Rip It Up’ from the new album. This impressive track has strong rhythm as Danny’s vocals soar to new levels, this track makes an almighty impact with crowds, and you can tell from the bands reaction to the crowds they have pushed themselves to a whole new level with this song.
With a flawless performance from all the guys here tonight they have really powered into a new realm where Thunder have really expressed themselves with their new material, all fresh sounding exploring new boundaries, striding into the abyss of the music world with yet another belter of an album!
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Read our review of ‘Rip It Up’ HERE.
Thunder return to the road next month, with dates as follows:
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