of 14th - 20th May 2018 Jameson's Diary No.
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midnight on Thursday, local time, here in Pattaya
by the Landlord Kim Fletcher. Last
Updated 24th May 2018
Happy Times at Jameson's.
Thunder – Stage.
Formed from the ashes of Terraplane (A not very successful Eighties Band.) Thunder were formed in 1989 and quickly became an overnight sensation, virtually the same band, but with a different approach and attitude. Their debut album Back Street Symphony went straight into the British Top 30 album charts. hit singles followed and then they sealed victory by performing a blistering set opening at the Monsters of Rock treating it as a lap of honor and stealing the show from the Headliners. From here on Thunder became something of a national treasure. In 2009 Danny Bowes decided that the band were not getting any bigger and perhaps they were all getting a bit old for this Rock & Roll thing. So with a final tour and obligatory live album Thunder split.
Trouble with retirement is boredom, so after two years in 2011 Thunder were enticed back into the game, firstly on exclusive one off dates, and then things just progressed from there.
The Line up has been stable now for nearly thirty years with only the Bass player changing a few times although the low notes are safely in the hands of Chris Childs since 1996. There have been Eleven Studio albums (Two post retirement) countless Live albums and compilations.
We now reach 2018 and Thunder are bigger and better than ever. No longer a support band or even playing theatres, but Arena's and headlining Festivals. They even Headlined SSE Arena in Wembley. This new live album was taken from one of the biggest concerts Thunder have ever done so far. The Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, playing to a rabid full house where the Welsh fans cheered every move and sung every word.
This is not in any way a greatest hits tour, included in this set are sixteen songs with six songs from latest album Rip It Up (2016.) and Four from Wonder Days (2015.) The rest of the set is made up of classics stretching back to their debut album. So not exactly a nostalgia band.
The new songs blend in seamlessly with the old. I mean of course they are Thunder songs so it would be disappointing if they didn't. Laughably Danny Bowes in between song banter has not changed in thirty years, but the crowd lap it up so why should it change. On the other hand lead guitarist Luke Morley's playing just gets better and better, now in the category of guitar hero. But Thunder are a team and it only all hangs together with all five on stage firing on all six. Ben Matthews takes on the role of multi instrumentalist and is also excellent at working the crowd in the live arena. Chris Childs is a worthy Bass player. On Drums is Harry James who brings a lot of humor to the band as well as being one of the most in demand session drummers on the circuit.
Mercifully traditional final encore has been cut down to just under ten minutes when it would often clock in at over twenty minutes with Danny Bowes spending half the time playing with the crowd, and organizing sing-a-longs here you just get ten minutes of solid Thunder Rock.
Stage is a fine addition to any music collection and in future will be considered one of the classic live albums.
Danny Bowes - Lead Vocals.
Luke Morley - Guitar.
Ben Matthews - Guitar and Keyboards.
Chris Childs - Bass Guitar.
Harry James - Drums.
No One Gets Out Alive.
The Enemy Inside.
River Of Pain.
Right From The Start.
In Another Life.
The Thing I Want.
Don't Wait For Me.
Rip It Up.
Love Walked In.
I Love You More Than Rock & Roll.
Wonder Days. She likes Cocaine.
Written by Mott The Dog in a storm at Jameson's, The Irish pub, Soi AR, North Pattaya.
Photos by The Mistress of the Lens Harpic Bryant of Breezeridge Photography.