One of Britain’s best loved rock bands decide to call it a day…but you’ll get one last chance to see them on tour.
On the year that Thunder celebrate their 20th Anniversary as a band, Classic Rock is saddened to hear that the band have decided to split up. A statement says:
As we enter Thunder’s 20th anniversary year, we’ve found ourselves becoming increasingly busy with our various activities outside of the band, and we’ve come to the conclusion that there are simply not enough hours in the day to fit it all in. Having discussed it at length, we’ve decided that this is a fitting time for us to hitch up our wagons and ride into the sunset. We’ve therefore decided to give you advance notice that we intend to cease all recording and touring activity, as of the summer of 2009.
In practical terms, this means that we will cease to be a band as of the summer, but until then it will be more or less business as usual. The 2008 Xmas Show CDs will be released as promised, and the previously announced shows in Europe (February) and Japan (April) will go ahead as planned. We will use these shows, as well as any festival slots we can secure, to make the most of the time left, and say our goodbyes to you.
With that in mind, despite only touring a couple of months ago, we couldn’t make our exit without saying goodbye to UK fans, so we’ve arranged a final UK tour, which will take place in early July. The dates are as follows:-
03/07 – Manchester Academy
04/07 – Sheffield City Hall
05/07 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
07/07 – Newcastle City Hall
08/07 – Nottingham Rock City
10/07 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
11/07 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets will be on sale as of Friday 30th January.
We’ve played loads of fantastic shows over the last 20 years, but we want all the shows between now and when we go to be the best we’ve ever done. We really hope you’ll want to be there to help us to do that.
Thunder frontman Danny Bowes told Classic Rock: “I was pretty much fried at the end of last year, and I came to the conclusion I can’t continue to sing in the band, run the label, manage the band, the online shop, oversee the website, and work as an agent.”
Thunder formed in 1989 and have released 9 studio albums. The band have split once before in 2000 before returning to the fold in 2002.
If this really is the end, Thunder will be sorely missed.