News: Thunderstick ‘The Seismic Plate Date’ – Showcase gig for NWOBHM icons at Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend 28 July 2018

A band by the name of Thunderstick has not been seen on stage for thirty years. All that is about to change…

On the back of the phenomenally positive reaction to last year’s album the eponymously named Thunderstick hit the stage in July for the first Thunderstick gig in over thirty years.

Taking the stage at Gravesend’s infamous rock venue, itself celebrating 40 years of live music, Leo’s Red Lion will host a unique Thunderstick ‘showcase’ gig a week before their performance at ‘A New Day’ festival, after which the band will do select gigs through until the Autumn culminating in the ‘Hard Rock Hell’ festival in November. The Gravesend gig will see Thunderstick performing their full festival set coupled with a post-gig Q&A session with Thunderstick creator Barry Graham Purkis and his band-mates.

Thunderstick aka Barry Graham Purkis comments:
“Energy, power, theatrics and outrage have always been present in the Thunderstick shows of old. We will ramp up those components considerably for the forthcoming New-NWOBHM 2018 stage shows. For those who were there first time round in the ‘80s welcome back we have missed you so much. For those about to experience us for the first time prepare yourselves for a journey. Viixen, Lee, Rex, Baz, and Thunderstick will steal your ‘rock’n’roll heart’…”

On returning to this prized venue he reflects:
“The Red Lion in Northfleet has always been a ‘musical basecamp’ for me, both with Samson and with Thunderstick. Iron Maiden have their ‘Cart and Horses’…I have the ‘Red Lion’ Northfleet. Can’t wait to play there this summer.”

Lead vocalist Viixen adds:
“The sky drew dark and low with ominous clouds, the winds shriek, howl, cry, baying wolf like into the black, the first crack of lightening announces the reverberated boom of the overhead Thunder, in the eye of the savage storm thirty years plus in the coming, I will stand centre stage resolute in my ability to control, do not fear I am here for you…”

Tickets £10 – available via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/484286

Doors open 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Support from Blackmayne.

The full Thunderstick lineup is :
Vocals – Viixen
Guitar – Baz Roze
Guitar – Lee Quenby
Bass – Rex Thunderbolt
Drums – Thunderstick

The Leo’s Red Lion gig will be followed up by a number of festival appearances including A New Day Festival (3-5 August ), Hard Rock Hell (8-11 November) and Mearfest (November).

First noticed playing with a developing Iron Maiden in the seventies then moving to Samson (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson) Barry Graham Purkis became the figurehead of the newly emerging NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene. This was done by creating an alter ego Thunderstick, a masked persona known not only for his wild style of playing drums but doing so from inside a cage and playfully terrorizing audiences. He went on to form his own highly theatrical band in the eighties. Fronted by a female rock ’n’ roll wild-child (something comparatively new for its time) Thunderstick the band was a perfect ‘Beauty and the Beast’ combination, playing live and recording for six years. The last Thunderstick band gig was in Tunbridge Wells in October 1986.

‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, the first new Thunderstick album in over thirty years, was released in July 2017 and has been attracting enthusiastic reviews from all over the world: “the band vacillate between the hard-hitting glam rock of late-era Sweet and the crunchy riffola of NWOBHM” – Classic Rock magazine

The CD album ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ is available for purchase via via https://www.freewebstore.org/thunderstick-productions and in download format via Bandcamp https://thunderstick.bandcamp.com/album/something-wicked-this-way-comes

All media enquiries to: Darren Johnson (+44) 7799 731 682 darrenjohnson@crowfliescommunications.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thunderstickofficial/

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Former Gillan Guitar Legend Bernie Tormé announces UK winter dates

Former Gillan and Ozzy Osbourne guitar legend, Bernie Tormé, will be playing the following dates in a short pre-Christmas winter tour:

30 November – South Shields – Queen Vic
1 December – Planet Rockstock [Sold Out]
2 December – Weston Super Mare – The Bear
3 December – Oxford – The Bullingdon
4 December – Folkestone – Invicta (Stripes)

Guitar legend, blues rock psychedelic shredmeister, glam punk sleaze rock frontman: Bernie Tormé has enjoyed a long and remarkable career. Hit records, world tours and international acclaim came as lead guitarist in Gillan. While a member of that band, Bernie wrote and played on four top ten albums and many hit singles and his trademark guitar is an intrinsic part of Gillan’s biggest selling and best known singles ‘New Orleans’ and ‘Trouble’. In the aftermath of Randy Rhoads’ tragic death Bernie then stepped in to play for Ozzy Osbourne before going on to front his own band. More recently, three highly-regarded solo albums have put Bernie Tormé back in the spotlight and won over new fans. His incendiary playing and high octane rock always make for a spectacular show.

Says Bernie: “Can’t wait to go out with the old geetar and make some noise! This is your last chance to catch us in 2017.”

Audiences can, of course, expect some old favourites from the Gillan era but there will also be newer material as well. Earlier this year Bernie released his critically-acclaimed ‘Dublin Cowboy’ triple-disc album. This, together with two previous albums ‘Flowers & Dirt‘ from 2014 and ‘Blackheart’ from 2015 were all made with the assistance of highly successful pledge funding campaigns that helped reconnect Bernie with long-standing fans as well as bringing in many new ones.

Tickets available:

South Shields – https://www.ents24.com/south-shields-events/the-queen-vic/bernie-torme/1073851958

Weston Super Mare – http://www.thebearinnweston.co.uk/whats-on

Oxford – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/391856

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Thunderstick – reviews round-up for ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’

In addition to full-page features in leading rock magazines like the UK’s Classic Rock, Germany’s Rock Hard and Mexico’s Heavy Riff, the Thunderstick album ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ has been picking up some great reviews.

Here’s a taster from recent reviews:

Classic Rock magazine: “…the band vacillate between the hard-hitting glam rock of late-era Sweet and the crunchy riffola of NWOBHM”
Read full review here

Bravewords: “an absolute cracker of a comeback album 9/10″
Read full review here

The Moshville Times: “like opening a doorway back to when rock and metal was at its newest and most raw”
Read full review here

Hotmetalonline: “will vie for the #1 spot on my year end album ‘best of 2017’ lists”
Read full review here

Get Ready To Rock: “A wonderful reminder of how good a drummer Thunderstick is and how much more there is to him than just the image”
Read full review here

Rockstruck: “A surprising and very successful comeback that deserves to be purchased by anyone with a hankering for a solid lap time classic well-executed Rock”
Read full review here

Eternal Terror: “wonderfully organic and raw record that perfectly captures the mood of the old days and yet sounds sharp, punchy and current”
Read full review here

KNAC: “its ten tracks literally burst with ideas 5/5″
Read full review here

Sea of Tranquility:Considering it’s been over thirty years since we’ve heard new material from this outfit, the band are locked and loaded”
Read full review here

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Blog: “The Thunderstick and his band have recorded an excellent album which your ears deserve to hear”
Read full review here

For further information on the new Thunderstick album contact darrenjohnson@crowfliescommunications.com

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August 2017: Astounding reviews for first new Thunderstick album in three decades

Press Release: Astounding reviews for first new Thunderstick album in three decades

New album from NWOBHM legend: ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’
CD: TSCD001 Released: 31 July 2017

Hit hard by the tragic death of former Thunderstick vocalist Jodee Valentine at just 55, Thunderstick creator Barry Graham Purkis was inspired to do something in her memory. The first new Thunderstick album in over thirty years ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ duly emerged. Combining songs that the band were playing live first time around but had had never been released together with some new tracks written especially for this release, the album has met with fantastic reviews from all over the world.

Bravewords: “an absolute cracker of a comeback album” 9/10

Hotmetalonline: “will vie for the #1 spot on my year end album ‘best of 2017’ lists”

Get Ready To Rock: “A wonderful reminder of how good a drummer Thunderstick is and how much more there is to him than just the image”

Rockstruck: “A surprising and very successful comeback that deserves to be purchased by anyone with a hankering for a solid lap time classic well-executed Rock”

Eternal Terror: “wonderfully organic and raw record that perfectly captures the mood of the old days and yet sounds sharp, punchy and current”

KNAC: “its ten tracks literally burst with ideas” 5/5

Thunderstick: “The reviews for the new album have been astounding with an emphasis being placed on my songwriting ability and production – something that I am thrilled about, not bad for a drummer that wears a mask and plays inside a cage..!’

First noticed playing with a developing Iron Maiden in the seventies then moving to Samson (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson) Barry Graham Purkis became the figurehead of the newly emerging NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene. This was done by creating an alter ego Thunderstick, a masked persona known not only for his wild style of playing drums but doing so from inside a cage and playfully terrorizing audiences. He went on to form his own highly theatrical band in the eighties. Fronted by a female rock ’n’ roll wildchild (something comparatively new for its time) Thunderstick the band was a perfect ‘Beauty and the Beast’ combination, playing live and recording for six years until it folded in 1987.

Something Wicked This Way Comes is true to the band’s original ‘classic rock’ style and maintains the classic Thunderstick band format of female vocalist, two guitars, bass and drums. Musicians on the album are: Thunderstick (drums), Martin Shellard (guitars), Dave Kandy Kilford (guitars), Rex Thunderbolt (bass) and Lucie V (vocals).

The CD album is available for purchase via Webstore  and in download format via Bandcamp

 

July 2017: Thunderstick is back! New album from NWOBHM legend: ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’

Press Release: Thunderstick is back!
New album from NWOBHM legend: ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’

CD: TSCD001

First noticed playing with a developing Iron Maiden in the seventies then moving to Samson (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson) Barry Graham Purkis became the figurehead of the newly emerging NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene. This was done by creating an alter ego Thunderstick, a masked persona known not only for his wild style of playing his drums but doing so from inside a cage and terrorizing audiences. He went on to form his own highly theatrical band in the eighties. Fronted by a female rock ’n’ roll wildchild Thunderstick the band was a perfect ‘Beauty and the Beast’ combination, playing live and recording for five years until it folded in 1987.

Never to be seen again until now……

Thunderstick is back with a brand new studio album which remains true to the band’s original ‘classic rock’ style: ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’

Thunderstick: “This is an album that is befitting of the Thunderstick of another era, but screams relevance for today.”

“The whole thing came about because of the tragic death of our former vocalist Jodee Valentine at just 55. Jodee’s passing hit me really hard and I wanted to do something in her memory. There are some songs that we were playing live first time around that had never been released, coupled with some new tracks that have been written purely for this album. A new line up. A new album. A new era.”

Scheduled for release 31 July 2017 this is the classic Thunderstick band format of female vocalist, two guitars, bass and drums and the first Thunderstick album of new material in over three decades.

The CD album will be available for purchase via Thunderstick’s Facebook page, via https://www.freewebstore.org/thunderstick-productions and digitally via Bandcamp

Musicians on the album are: Thunderstick (drums), Martin Shellard (guitars), Dave Kandy Kilford (guitars), Rex Thunderbolt (bass) and Lucie V (vocals).

Song titles on ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ are as follows:
1. Dark Night Black Light
2. Don’t Touch I’ll Scream
3. *Go Sleep With The Enemy (I Dare Ya)
4. The Shining
5. *Encumbrance
6. Fly ‘N’ Mighty
7. Lights (Take MeAway)
8. Blackwing
9. Thunder Thunder ‘17’
10 *I Close My Eyes
All compositions by Barry Graham Purkis. Except *CHANG/DOWNS/PURKIS/SHELLARD.
All lyrics by Barry Graham Purkis

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