Thunder LIVE REVIEW – Classic rock veterans urge audience to Please Remain Seated | Music | Entertainment

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The sudden arrival of grunge played a cruel twist of fate on their impending transatlantic superstardom, but 30 years later the now veteran act are a band in their pomp – riding high on the success of three back-to-back top 10 albums and a succession of sell-out tours.

Amazing to think they briefly retired in 2009 before deciding four years later to give it “one last proper go”.

Their latest adventure sees them turning down the amps and opting for a 90 degree-turn off their usual course with their majestic Please Remain Seated project.

While for many rock bands this usually means simply swapping electric guitars for acoustic six-strings and playing the greatest hits at a slower tempo, Thunder have taken a different tact.

They have dipped into their vast back catalogue to choose a tasty array of offerings which have been re-imagined and re-invented – throwing away the original templates.

It’s a fascinating concoction and while it could be the topic of many bar room debates if they are better or not than the originals, they certainly stand aloft in their own right as mighty magnificent tunes.

And it is the song that is king as lead guitarist and songwriter Luke Morley tells the Daily Express post-show: “A very basic guitarist with a great song will always be better received than a brilliant guitarist who produces **** stuff that nobody wants to sing or dance to”.

His modesty fails to add that he can not only play like a demon but also write the aforementioned killer hooks.

Morley and vocalist Danny Bowes take to York’s Barbican theatre stage alone initially to play a stripped-down version of perhaps their best-known anthem Love Walked In.

Drummer Harry James, rhythm guitarist Ben Matthews and bassist Chris Childs then take their seats as the show begins in earnest.

Stand Up sees a few fans look around seeing if they should remove their bums from the cushioned fabric but the tour is called remain seated so restraint is held.

This becomes an even tougher ask during breathtaking-versions of River of Pain, Just Another Suicide and album opener Bigger Than Both Of Us with Bowes showing off a new art-form that we’ll call chair-dancing.

Morley regularly switches between acoustic and electric and has the packed-audience mesmerised with some sensational guitar solos while James’ bongo solo during Future Train was one of the highlights of the night.

The encore climax saw a number of (pre-selected in a ballot) audience members taken to the rear of the stage to create a Thunder Choir for Low Life in High Places.

“It’s a real breath of fresh air for us to be doing this,” said drummer James after the show.

“The easy thing would be to just do another Thunder rock album but this takes us out of our comfort zone, challenges us and also opens us up to new markets. We were on Radio Two’s Michael Ball show the other Sunday and the feedback has been brilliant. We are really loving this…. but the next album will be a rock one.”



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