This show was part of Thunder’s whirlwind promotional tour in support of the release of their excellent new album ‘Wonder Days’. The band were doing signing sessions and then playing a short acoustic set for selected prize winners (and the odd lucky reviewer!) to promote the new release.
Forty pairs of passes were given away for the Glasgow show and the lucky few crammed into The Attic, not the biggest of venues, intimate probably best describes the set up. The band arrived fresh from yet another signing session at the local HMV and without much preparation took to the stage to a huge cheer.
Thunder excel at this sort of thing and opened with ‘Back Street Symphony’ which got the crowd singing along from the off. If the guys were flagging after a few days on the road it didn’t show and all were note perfect. Danny Bowes was his usual affable self, laughing and joking with the crowd and, as always, providing his top notch vocals to songs old and new.
The first of the new numbers, ‘Black Water’, was up next and this was followed by ‘Broken’ both of which went down well despite most of the crowd no doubt hearing them for the first time. Back on more familiar territory Luke Morley strummed the opening chords to ‘River Of Pain’ which again induced more crowd participation.
One of the highlights of ‘Wonder Days’ for me is the track ‘Resurrection Day’ which was fantastic given the acoustic treatment, again Danny’s soulful vocals were to the fore. It was the audience vocals that were to the fore though during the classic ‘Low Life In High Places’ which was to be the song of the night.
A rock ‘n roll version of ‘Stand Up’ rounded off a short but sweet set, and the lucky crowd were left with big smiles knowing that they had witnessed something special.
With a strong new album and a few upcoming lives dates, none in Scotland unfortunately which made tonight’s set all the more special, Thunder are back with a bang. If the acoustic shows are this good, the full live shows should be something special, but with Thunder you wouldn’t expect anything else.
Review by David Wilson
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