Ye Gods – Thor Thunders Into London!
Saddle up the chariots. Dust down the hammer. Thor is coming to London – and he’s playing in a pub!
Seriously, the mighty Canadian, who was a battle-metal warlord when the likes of Turisas were in furry nappies, is being advertised as playing The Gaff in Holloway Road on April 19.
This would be the first time in over 25 years that the man, who used to blow up hot water bottles on stage, will have played in the UK.
We just cannot wait for such Z-movie comic-caper classics as Thunder On The Tundra and Let The Blood Run Red.
Thor himself has yet to announce the show, but he is playing the Keep It True Festival in Germany on April 29. And he did play at Sweden Rock last year, so he’s no stranger to Europe.
In case you’re wondering what all this Thor thelebration is all about, click here.
And here’s Geoff Barton’s review of Thor at Sweden Rock last summer:
“It’s peaked too early. The festival has peaked too early.”
Classic Rock reader Mark Beasley attends Sweden Rock every year, so he should know. Beasley, who flew in from Manchester to attend the four-day festival, collars us immediately after Thor’s set, grinning from ear to ear.
He insists: “If you don’t write that Thor was the highlight, I’ll never buy Classic Rock again.”
Who are we to argue? Despite looking nothing like the musclebound Adonis of his heyday, the portly God Of Thunder (sorry for mixing up our mythology there) delivered a performance at lunchtime on day three that was full of might and merriment.
We were treated to numerous costume changes – although we didn’t quite understand why Thor donned a walrus mask at one point – and a battle royal with Loki, our hero’s mortal enemy and archfiend half-brother.
Loki – for some reason dressed like Batman’s foe, The Riddler – was battered mercilessly by a barrage of imaginary thunderbolts from Thor’s fists, finally meeting his demise when our hero strangled him by wrapping a mic-stand around his neck.
Then it started to rain. “Was that Odin taking a piss on me?” Thor remarked.
Next Thor stole a brightly coloured inflatable hammer from someone in the crowd. “Behold the hammer!” he boomed. “I have the power!”
We ended by singing along to the chorus of Warriors Of The Universe, a choice cut from 2006 album Devastation Of Musculation. We could’ve Ragnarok’n’rolled all nite.