Thunder: High Voltage Is A Total One-Off
Thunder are not re-forming, have no plans for a new album, nor for a full tour.
Talking exclusively to Classic Rock, vocalist Danny Bowes insists that the band’s recent confirmation for the High Voltage Festival is a total one-off.
“I want people to understand that Thunder are not coming back for anything other than this show. What happened was that I met some of the High Voltage people towards the end of last year, and the subject of Thunder doing it came up. To be honest, with everyone else in the band doing other things, I wasn’t prepared to even think about it unless a formal offer came in.”
Eventually, the band were asked to appear, and for Bowes it made total sense.
“We can get onstage, have a giggle and enjoy ourselves. What else is everybody gonna do on a Sunday afternoon – wash their hair? I don’t think so! Personally, I haven’t sung since the last Thunder tour ended in 2009 and I’ve missed it more than I thought I would. But it won’t interfere with anything that the others (guitarist Luke Morley, rhythm guitarist/keyboard player Ben Matthews, bassist Chris Childs and drummer ‘Harry’ James) are doing.
“The thing is, we never fell out, and if you get the opportunity to do something you love, why not?”
So far, the reaction to this has been generally positive, and it comes as Thunder have released the four-CD live album Rough & Ready.
“We’ve recorded every show we did since 2004 on hard drive. Last summer Ben and I went through these and found two gigs which juxtaposed nicely. They came from the same tour (2005, The Magnificent Seventh), but one was mixed (Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London), while the other (from Kawasaki in Japan) was straight off the desk. I’m not sure we’ll release anything else from the vaults, because you do get to a point where the fans get fed up, and you’re putting stuff out just to make money. Just because you can release something doesn’t mean you should.”
There is the possibility that Thunder’s High Voltage performance will be recorded, but right now this isn’t confirmed.
“We’ve been asked if we wanna do it, but I’m not sure. We’ll make that decision when all of us get together.”
As for the High Voltage set, don’t expect the unexpected…
“No jazz fusion or anything like that! It’ll be our greatest hits. That’s what festival crowds want, and that’s what I reckon we’ll give them.”
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