Q & A Archive - July 2005

Colour Code: DANNY, LUKE, BEN, HARRY, CHRIS, THINNY


Q: Sorry about being a bit of a tecchie freak but what's happened to your Musicman bass? I've noticed you haven't got it out (AUGH!) for a while, seeming to prefer the sunburst Precision lately. Also have you tried the Line 6 Variax bass yet? I know from a previous answer that you're not a fan of modelling systems but the set up is great fun to have a dabble with. Jamie, Suffolk
C: The Music Man is still here, Jamie, it's just that I prefer the sound of the Precision for this album - much more aggressive and earthy. I did try the Line 6 Variax at a trade show, and although it was through a guitar amp, it sounded very convincing. I would have to use it on a gig in order to get a full impression of how well it does it's thing.


Q: Great Gig At Chepstow.....But Even better was Luke's Pink shoes!!! Please Tell me where you got them from so I can go and lighten my credit card!? Tomo, Calne
L: I bought them in 'Office' which I believe you can find in many a high street.


Q: Hi guys! Well a few things I want to say really before I heard you my favourite band was Bon Jovi and you have wiped the floor of them now! My mum introduced me to you with Love Walked In and then I saw you in Bristol at the start of the year now I am hooked by your music it rocks! I saw you in Chepstow recently and you were awesome (Luke my mum loves you and went weak at the knees when you winked @ her she was @ the front with her mate!). I actually have some really good pictures if you would like them? Still what I wanted to ask was what is the usual process of you putting together a song I know Luke you do the bulk of the writing but how do you each learn your parts? Cant wait for Colston Hall in January keep rocking, Dan p.s Chris Childs you are the best bass player in the world an absolute legend ! Dan Davies, Clevedon
L: I basically make a demo of the song and send it out to the band. They listen to it, interpret it and then we record it. Simple!
C: Dan Davies you are the most complimentary man in the world, you can tell me stuff like that any time you like. When it comes to putting the songs together, Luke demos the tunes, we all get a copy and learn what he's played, then put our own ideas forward when we get into the studio.


Q: Just read the question about vest tops for men, I was wondering about the old baseball shirts you used to be able to buy at gigs, they were the best! I can't remember thunder having one ( I am very possibly wrong! ),when I went to see the darkness last December they were selling them and they were the first shirts to sell out. I thought how good one with the thunder logo on would be when I saw them but forgot about it 'till now!.So there you go Danny, white shirt blue or black sleeves, thunder logo on the front tour dates on the back, marvellous isn't it, wasn't it mmm! Ian Helliwell, Rotherham
D: Steady on my friend.......We'll be investigating more items in the coming weeks and months, so watch this space...


Q: Have you ever been playing live & realised someone in the band has farted on stage? Mart, Essex
D: No I can't say I have.....Strange question...You need to go see somebody...


Q: Done the little archive search thingy and didn't find the answer to the next question (prob there but I just finished nights so I'm knackered!). Got the flawed to perfection DVD (absolutely brilliant!!!) and also the old Thunder Backstreet video (for younger readers a video is a oblong thing that has film on) which both have the Donnington set on. does this set appear on any CDs? I cant seem to find it so at least if I know it does I can look harder because it will be worth it. p.s. the new album is amazing!!!!! you gotta release more!! about 1 a month should do!! Ade, Stock-On-Trent
T: If you check out the Discography section of the site you will come across a CD called Live At Donington Monsters Of Rock 1990 which features the complete set! Unfortunately this was only released in Japan and EMI currently have no plans to release it elsewhere. However, our good friends at Townsend Records do have the import in stock! Hope this helps...


Q: Hey Guys, just wanted to say hello from germany...my question is: There4s quite an impressive list of Thunder Stuff from the EMI Years & beyond out there...very collectable, hard to get singles, albums. Do you guys own all ever released thunder CDs too? Do you know the reason why EMI didn't include the three missing songs (Dirty Love, Fired Up, Until My Dying Day) of Donington 1990 on the superb "Flawed To Perfection" DVD? Thanks for answering. Oliver, Germany
D: We all usually get copies of everything we release. The other songs you refer to from Donington in 1990 were not approved at the time, but I have no idea why. They didn't feature on the Backstreet Symphony Videos compilation VHS either, so I suspect the footage has long since disappeared...
L: There seems to be so many compilations out there and I definitely don't own copies of all of them. I'm not sure if the whole set was filmed at Donington '90. I'm sure EMI would have wanted to release the whole thing if they had it.
B: I try to have a copy of everything but it is difficult to keep track of everything that is released, compilation albums are impossible!
T: Note to Ben...please refer to the Discography page of this very site! Thank  you! ;)


Q: Ben, from an avid Clive Cussler fan - Dirk Pitt or Kurt Austin, and why? Ally, Glasgow
B: It has to be Dirk Pitt as I haven't read any of the Kurt Austin novels. What a dull answer that is eh!


Q: Hi Guys! Just seen you in Chepstow, totally Fantastic gig (as always ;)),I'm just wondering, we've seen you're also going to be in Cardiff and Bristol in January, Is there a reason that you're touring a hell of a lot? Not that I'm complaining by the way, I'd see you lot every night if I was able!!. Another question regarding clothes, how come you don't make any vest tops for men? I know a pub load of guys who have seen you perform too many times to mention and said that you have never made a vest top and as most rock music loving guys wear them, is there a reason for that?. Thanks guys and see you in January. Emma Price, Newport
D: Thanks for the nice words, glad you enjoyed the show in Chepstow, we did too..
Funny, I've never heard anyone mention the idea of vests for men before, until now. To be honest, if I hear it again and again and again in the coming weeks I may do something about it...



Q: Mr. Morley, I am in desperate need to know if the intro piece you played before 'Until my dying day' on the acoustic has a name? I'm listening to it on the Symphony and stage live cd. Does it have a name or do you remember the chords? Chears! Gareth
L: It doesn't have a name. It was something I just played spontaneously one night and occasionally it re-appears!


Q: Hello again chaps, ooh I'm full of questions today! Right here goes first one! Just been going through all the singles and putting some of the old b-sides onto my i-pod thingy and thought that some of the older ones sounded very quiet, so I recorded them onto CD via a stand alone hi-fi CD recorder and whacked up the old volume on them and now they sound great, is this what they technically call remastering? And secondly, whilst going through said b-sides I came across the covers of 'I'm one' and 'my brother jake', now I think they are absolutely spot on some of the best stuff you have done (excellent vocals by danny), and it got me thinking, have you ever considered doing a full blown proper thunder covers album doing stuff like 'fat bottomed girls' or rodders 'hot legs' I  think they'd sound amazing. oh and welcome back to the city hall at Sheffield. A proper venue that you belong in, it seems that your insistence of a date at Sheffield on the first leg of the tour was taken notice of by the promoters! Anyway take care lads, see you in Sheffield in January! Ian Helliwell, Rotherham
L: Re-mastering isn't just adjusting the volume although sometimes it can be one aspect of it. It's more about finely tuning the overall equalisation of a recording so that it sounds as good as it can. It's like the last rubber stamp of approval in the chain. A covers album isn't beyond the realms of possibility but there aren't any plans to do it at the moment.


Q: Hello, I just read through Danny's Guiltfest report where lots of things went wrong on stage. It was a hilarious report. Also the entries in WW&W are well written and very entertaining. So here is my question: Did you ever think about writing a book with memories over the years? You are all talented writers, so why won't you try? And another question: Ever thought about a "Making of" DVD that gives an insight to the recording process of a CD including studio footage and similar things? I think there will be a large demand for such things because I expect it to be funny and entertaining as well. I know artists that release lots of documentations about the production of an album and they have lots of success with those kind of releases. What do you think about my thoughts? Greetings to you all anD: How long will we have to wait for another tour through Germany? Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaase!!!! Joe, Germany
L: We have filmed various things in the studio while recording the last two albums and I'm sure they may surface at some point. As usual it's a question of finding the time to edit it all together in some kind of coherent fashion. The same thing applies to writing; it's very time consuming and all of us have other aspects of being in Thunder to deal with. Hopefully we'll make it back to Germany this year and don't forget you'll read about it here first if and when it happens.


Q: I'm wanting to come and see you guys in January sometime can you tell me where you will be playing at in that month. I'm from south Wales so would you be playing near Cardiff? I remember meeting you guys backstage at Chepstow castle and you all rocked big time and I remember you telling me your going to be doing gigs near but I cant remember where you said. sorry if I've cause any trouble for you I just haven't got a very good memory. Laura, Wales
T: The guys are playing Cardiff on January 25th, Full details can be found on the GIGS page of this very site...


Q: I have a couple of questions. I live in the states but, plan on coming to one of the shows listed in 2006. My main question is: Can I meet you guys? I have been a fan since Backstreet and it would mean the world to me. The second question , not to put anyone on the spot here but what show do I pick. In order to do this kind of trip I am bringing my girlfriend so the area needs to be "shopping friendly" Ha!! This will be a dream come true for me. I have posted in the past about different thunder songs and you guys ALWAYS answer. Thank you for being the band that you are; accessible and loyal to your fans.
Brannon Hill, USA
T: Meet and Greet details will be announced via the News page much nearer to the time. Watch this space! As for shopping friendly, London, Birmingham or Manchester are probably your best bets. London has loads of shopping areas like Oxford Street, Camden, Piccadilly Circus, etc, etc. Birmingham has the new Bull Ring Shopping Centre which should keep your girlfriend busy for hours on end while you slip away and grab a pint or ten...


Q: Guys, firstly love the I'm a lucky man single. When I talk to people who have not hear of you or your music, I always get asked to name one of your songs on the off chance they will have heard you before. Usually I will name/play either Love Walked In or Low Life In High Places, as these appear to me, to be the songs that as singles, have had the most commercial success. My question is this, if you could pick one Thunder song to best represent your music and the Band which one would it be? Jon, Cheshire
L: Sorry to cop out but I think that's for other people to say!
B: I've always thought "Until My Dying Day" was a song that captured the essence of Thunder, great guitar riffs and a sublime vocal experience, soft bits and hard bits - it's got it all and gets my vote.


Q: Who is your money on for the Ashes cricket series this summer? Will you be going to any of the test matches? Rat, Peterborough
L: Funnily enough I was at Lords yesterday and judging by the first day's play I have no idea! I think it will be close but as much as I want England to win, I have a feeling Australia will nick it. I think they just have the edge in the batting department..
B: I'm watching it as I type this and England are 45-6 but my money is still on England to win. I just have to believe it's possible. I won't be going but Luke is in the Media centre today, I have just spoken to him on the phone, he is as depressed as I am! Still come on England...


Q: Hi guys, after seeing you guys a second time at Guilfest... the show was awesome, beyond expectations as per normal with THUNDER... thanks Danny for telling my dad to shut up after telling you guys to get on with it before they 'pulled the plug'... he needs a good telling off, my mum agrees strongly!! Despite 10 mins late on, it was incredible! Anyway, to the question(s): What is that weird thing in Chris's rack with the red and green LED's that dart back and forth? Is it a tuner of some kind? Why drop Fade Into The Sun... it's gonna be the next single, and why not play I'm A Lucky Man live? It is a download only SINGLE!! See, you should! If you could manage to pull of Dirty Love one min overtime, why not attempt to fit in a couple more and pretend it's the same song, you shoulda! Maybe the guy wouldn't have noticed... also, Ben, what happened to your Telecaster, you took it out for Amy's on the run but promptly switched back to the Les Paul!! Why? Luke M
C: The weird thing in my rack is in fact the light off of the front of the "Knight Rider" car, bought at auction for a considerable sum of money, as I am a huge fan of the series. Or it could be a tuner.
B: Actually, that weird thing in Chris's rack is a UFO detection unit; he's paranoid about being abducted during a show. If it lights up he'll run into his UFO-proof shelter at the side of the stage where there is enough food for two people to survive for three months. As for my guitar, I'm afraid I was plagued by problems at Guilfest and this was just one in a string of irritating mishaps where the telecaster didn't work. I suspect some sort of alien involvement (Well that's what Chris told me). Still didn't stop my enjoyment of an otherwise superb show.



Q: Hey, Glad to have contact to you through this site! I'm the one who received backstage-passes in Hardenberg/Netherlands with my 57(!!!)year old father who had the opportunity to watch you live. Say hello to my father, he'll might be the oldest Thunder fan around!!! Anyway, maybe you recognized me, being the brown-haired guy in the first
 line, one that shook his hair wildly, remember, my father took a picture?!!! I just wanted to let you know that your gig was breathtaking and really awesome. I'm talking for my 57-year-old father who saw the last gig of Jimi Hendrix in Fehmarn/Germany. My father is (that is in German: a police "Kommisar"). Here is the question of my father: Have you ever had any trouble with the police? Thank you all for your great music!!! And thank god for any 57year-old Thunder fans!!! Simon, Germany
B: I only seem to run into the Police when I am in the car; well I've not actually run into them literally. They seem to object to me speeding - See previous reports.
D: Your father is most welcome to Thunder shows, I don't care how old he is, it is not an issue for us provided he always comes to the show prepared to enjoy himself and join in with the singing jumping and screaming.. I did have some trouble with the police here and there in my youth, but I was young and foolish back then, and it's not a subject I want to go into again, either here or anywhere. We'll leave it there I think.


Q: I'm finally calming down from all the excitement! The shows at Club Citta were magnificent, incredible, breathtaking, astonishing...ehh, I need a thesaurus here. I brought three Thunder virgin friends and they're all anxiously awaiting your next tour. And so am I! I heard that two songs from the last show were aired on Rock City the other night. Grrrr, lucky Japanese fans! Here is a question. Since Danny was talking about
BEAUTY SLEEP in a previous Q&A, I was wondering how many hours of sleep do you guys take to maintain your, eh, beauty? Sorry, it's a crappy question :) Fumi, San Francisco
B: Yes I'm sorry it's a crappy question too. I, of course, don't require sleep as I have a special elixir of life which enables me to stay up indefinitely. I will make the recipe available on this website soon. Thunder virgins eh! That sounds both interesting and unlikely.
L: Let's put it this way.......if sleep does make you beautiful, I'm obviously not getting enough!
D: I like the idea of you bringing three virgins to a Thunder show (ha ha). I don't sleep much, haven't since my kids were born, I guess I just got out of the habit. Nowadays I get about 6 hours a night on average, and spring out of bed most mornings. Any more than that and I feel very sluggish when I get up and take hours to get going.


Q: Hello. I was just reading Danny's report on Guilfest. I was sorry (and quite surprised) to hear that you had such a difficult time. I just wanted to let you know that from where I was standing you couldn't tell that anything was wrong. You all looked like you were having a great time- just goes to show what professionals you are!! I did notice the drum roadie coming on stage, but I just thought he was meant to be there, doing something technical!! I had a fab time even though I had to watch you on my own; the rest of my party wanted to watch Paul Weller! Oh, and by the way, they said his set was rubbish, and they wished they had watched you instead, especially when I told them how fantastic it was! Thanks for a great night! Maria, Hertford
D: It's great that you enjoyed it and a big bonus that you didn't notice the technical troubles. It's proof positive that we're doing our jobs well...To be honest there's nearly always something that goes a bit wobbly at most shows, so we're very used to it, but I just thought it might be an interesting insight for you lot to get an onstage viewpoint for a change, warts and all, so to speak. Shame about your friends missing it, but I'm kind of glad Paul Weller wasn't great, because I was feeling a bit disappointed that I didn't get to see his show, I don't feel bad now.. Ha ha! Make sure they come to the next Thunder show and see what they missed...


Q: Hello again, I have just found out with much excitement that your will be starting a UK tour in January. I will make it my mission to travel to England and get to one of these show as I have never seen you guys live before. I am going to see DIO in Manchester in October it shall be a trial run for the THUNDER gig. What's the furthest distance you guys have ever travelled to see a band live? Was watching Live8 and I was thinking why aren't thunder at it, you guys woulda rocked better than the rest like your 1990 MOR show, I know you guys would have been in the line up if you could but am sure it's difficult to get on bills like that. Is radio 2 or any other station or TV show going to broadcast your set on Guilfest on Sat 16th uncut stage? Do you know what time your on at? Keep up the great work, I think its brilliant you guys getting your 17th top 40 without a big record label behind you. oh and one last quick question, I am just wondering if Luke still uses acoustic guitar with his signature on the fret board as seen in the video for Lowlife in high places (great video)? Colm, N.Ireland
L: Danny and I travelled all the way to the Reading Festival when we were fifteen and it seemed like a long way at the time! I agree with you that Live 8 would have suited us but the bands that were asked to do it sell more albums than us and therefore command more media attention and that's what the event was about. As far as I know the Guilfest show isn't being broadcasted. The acoustic in question had a rather unfortunate fall due to some drunken revelry one evening and the head and top part of the neck were snapped off. I still have the two pieces though!


Q: Hi there guys, just bought tickets for Sheffield City Hall (great venue) in January. What I want to ask is, have you had the same roadcrew from the start and if so were these people friends who learned their trade as they went along? In my opinion any band in order to deliver great performances consistently (as you do) must have complete trust in their crew. Laura Barkworth, Barnsley
D: No none of our crew have been there since the beginning. Some have been with us for many years, some on and off for ages, some have only just joined the team, so it's a constant mix and match situation. Touring by its very nature is a transient business and some guys and girls may have gone on to other tours when we may need them for ours. It's the way it is, they all have livings to earn and bills to pay. We try to keep it as consistent as we can, but over the years we've ended up with a fairly large pool of top people we can call upon each time we go out. You're absolutely right about us having to have complete confidence in them. We could do very little without them.


Q: Hello guys, looking forward to seeing you at Sheffield City Hall in January, my question is, as yet no support band has been announced (and no I'm not fishing) I was just wondering how the whole support band thing works, who has the final say in these matters and does the band have much influence on the decision or is it simply left to the management/promoters? Thank you for the music Thunder. Johnny B, Barnsley
D: Choice of support act is ultimately made by us, but we take a lot of factors into account before we do. Sometimes it's who we like, sometimes it's who we think our fans will like, and sometimes it's simply who we think will help us sell tickets! We get lobbied very hard from a great many quarters (agent, promoter, fans, friends etc), but in the end we make the choice, always have.


Q: Gentlemen, my husband is turning 40 this week and seems rather depressed than delighted. I've just wondered what nice words people have said to you, as you turned 40, to make you feel better? In case nobody said anything to help you take it easy, what do you think they should have said? (esp. females). We've enjoyed your show in Kawasaki on July 3rd, our very first Thunder live show, very, very much!! Though I almost felt sorry for you seeing you so exhausted at the aftershow meet & greet..... E.Nicolaysen, Yokohama
L: I try to look at every birthday as a reason to be happy. Every year you make it through life is good. Being 40 is no big deal and I read somewhere recently that 40 is the new 30.
B: When I turn 40 I'll let you know... mmmmmm do I sound convincing? I guess things like; you don't look a day over 39? have you met my daughter? Sorry son this is an 18 certificate film...
D: "You don't look a day over 30" would have worked for me, though no one said it (cue sad violin music). So you almost felt sorry for us. Hmm, I wonder how exhausted we would have to look to tip you over the edge and into a bit of empathy? Doesn't matter, it's part of our job description to work hard and look rough afterwards, it shows we've given it our all.


Q: Hi guys! A bit of a belated THANK YOU for the excellent SOUTHAMPTON gig way back in march. You were AMAZING!! It was a dream come true for us all to meet you after the show. Its taken this long is get over it! Just wanted to ask you if you think it is important to meet your fans (as you do). We have been to other gigs where they can't wait to get away but you spent loads of time with us although it was a shame that Danny had to rush off (was it something we said!). Anyway, it was brilliant to meet you all (Scampi is a darlin') And we all learnt that champagne and whiskey don't mix! Love you all and hope to see you next time you are down this way. P.S. Holly says Hi Ben. Emma, Vicky, Holly & Angie, Southampton
L: Ah yes.... I remember you lot. Glad to hear you've all recovered! Meet and greets have always been something we enjoy doing. For us it's the best possible way to get feedback on everything we do and I think most people who've attended an aftershow have enjoyed it so it works for the band and the punters. Hurrah!
B: It's always nice to meet the people that support what you do especially when they stay in touch eh Holly.
D:
Nice to meet you all, sorry I had to shoot off but I had to drive home that night and my beauty sleep was calling... Meeting fans after shows is vital to us, we've always thought it was important to keep in touch with fans and keep that contact so we know what you think, what you like, and what you don't etc. It's always been a good way to meet girls too ((ha ha). Hope to see you all at another show in the future.


Q: Danny, when recently watching the plug it out DVD I was a little puzzled as to the joke you made when you made an aiming gun pose and said "does this remind you of anything, hair blowing in the wind!" I may be too young to remember whatever it was you were referring to but please put me out of my misery and explain!!!! Ian, S Wales
D: During the course of the Bedford Arms Xmas show, someone produced a newspaper article about an armed robbery, showing a photo of someone who looked uncannily like Ben, aiming a gun. There was much joking about Ben's other career as a robber etc. This never made the final edit of the DVD, so it makes my part later seem a bit strange, but these are the dangers of filming. The comment you refer to was made later when I assumed the same pose and referred back to it. There, that should hopefully be misery over..


Q: Hi guys, I just got back from your show in Osaka. Splendid, fabulous show! The one song I wanted to hear was "Loser", so when you opened the show with it, I went wild. I noticed a gentleman filming today, are you going to release a DVD, hopefully? And Luke, how did it feel playing in Japan after five years? Did the audience change, like are they younger? Thanks, I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan, and come back soon next time! Yoko, Osaka
L: It was great being in Japan again and it all seemed to go by very fast. We did notice some younger people in the audience as we did on our British shows which is great. It's always good to see new faces in the audience.  We did film bits and pieces but not really enough for a complete DVD. However, the footage we shot may well turn up later at some point so watch this space.


Q: HI GUYS! I HAVE JUST ONE QUESTION FOR THE BAND, BUT ABOVE ALL, FOR LUKE. AS THE MAIN SONGWRITER. THE THING IS THIS QUESTION HAS A LITTLE STORY BEHIND, WHICH I THINK IS NECESSARY TO BE KNOWN, SO FORGIVE ME AND FORGIVE MY ENGLISH, BECAUSE I AM SPANISH...I AM A METAL FAN, AND I LOVE EXTREME > MUSIC, BUT THERE WAS A TIME WHEN I DID NOT KNOW THE MUSIC I AM INTO AT THE MOMENT, AND I WENT NUTS WITH HARD ROCK MUSIC LIKE YOURS. I MEAN, I STILL LOVE IT, BUT I KNOW MORE METAL MUSIC NOW. THUNDER WAS MY FAVOURITE BAND AND I STILL REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST BOUGHT "LAUGHING ON JUDGEMENT DAY" AND HOW I LOVED IT. AND HOW DIFFICULT WAS TO FIND "BACKSTREET SYMPHONY" (NOT RELEASED IN SPAIN AT THE MOMENT; SOMEONE LENT ME THE LP I CAME BACK HOME RUNNING DURING HALF AND HOUR TO LISTEN TO IT...), WHICH I LOVED EVEN MORE THAN THE SECOND ONE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU BOYS THE HOURS OF BLISS YOUR MUSIC PROVIDED ME AND THE MEMORIES THAT COME BACK TO MY MIND LISTENING TO "DON4T WAIT FOR ME", ETC. BUT SOMETHING WENT WRONG; YOUR THIRD RELEASE," BEHIND CLOSE DOORS" WAS NOT HALF AS GOOD AS YOUR FIRST AND SECOND EFFORTS AND I FELT DISAPPOINTED. AFTER A TIME I FORGOT ABOUT THUNDER.I KEPT ON LISTENING YOUR TWO FIRST ALBUMS, AND I ENJOYED SONGS FROM BCD, BUT I COULD NOT STAND YOUR NEW PHOTOS, ETC, THOUGH I ALWAYS SHOWED THE PROPER RESPECT TO YOU GUYS. SO, THE QUESTIONS ARE (SORRY!), WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT METAL MUSIC ITSELF, HOW A CHANGE OF THE WAY YOU LOOK INVOLVES A CHANGE IN THE MUSIC, AND WHAT CRITERIA DO YOU FOLLOW WHEN WRITTING A SONG(I MEAN...PERHAPS IT DEPENDS ON THE MOOD THAT YOU ARE IN ON THE VERY DAY TO WRITE A HARDER OR A SOFTER SONG....)? AND THIS IS BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE SAMPLES OF "THE MAGNIFICENT SEVENTH" THAT YOU HAVE POSTED ON YOU WEB AND THEY SOUND MUCH BETTER AND HARDER THAN SONGS LIKE "DON'T  WAIT UP" OR "PREACHING FROM A CHAIR" (THAT I ALSO LIKE)...ANYWAY, I AM A 28 YEARS OLD GUY WHO HAS REGAINED HIS FAITH IN YOU AGAIN, SO CONGRATULATIONS, I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT FOR SO LONG, AND I THINK THAT IS JUST ROUND THE CORNER AGAIN, BUT I PROMISE TO PURCHASE ALL YOUR ALBUMS FROM "THE THRILL OF IT ALL" TO THE LAST ONE, NOW THAT I CAN. AND I HOPE YOU TO COME TO SPAIN TO FINALLY SEE YOU ON STAGE...THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR READING AND A BIG HELLO TO ENGLAND! Diego Torres, Spain
L: Now, let me see........ I'm glad you like our first two albums and it's a shame that photographs of the band put you off our third album. I didn't think that a haircut and a slightly different look affected the music at all. Any changes in our music or style over the years have been natural and not contrived. With Thunder, making music and how we dress has always been an honest thing. We always approach everything the same way by asking ourselves the question 'Do we like it?'. That's what we do; we make music and present it in a way that we find appealing and hope that everyone else likes it. If they don't, there's really nothing we can do so there's no point worrying about it.
T: Diego...THERE'S NO NEED TO SHOUT!!!! Thank you...


Q: Hi, I want to know your opinion about the concert Live8 that will take place next 2nd July. Are you agree with this kind of concerts, and the "Long Walk To Justice" idea, surrounding around the concept. Walter, Argentina
L: Anything that draws attention to important issues is a good thing. When musicians use their skills to highlight a problem it can't do any harm. It's easy to forget things that are deeply wrong things going on in the rest of the world and for shining a light over an issue like this that ultimately concerns all of us you have to have great admiration for Bob Geldof.
H: Anything that puts poverty in the spotlight and in the public eye has to be a positive move. I applaud it!
D: Politicians talk about third world debt & foreign aid all the time, but I always get the uneasy feeling they say it purely to make me vote for them. Love him or loathe him, Bob Geldof is actually doing something about a truly dire situation, and that has to be admired. He clearly feels very strongly that the rest of the world should come to the aid of the poorest countries, and he has a point. I applaud him for his drive and sheer will power, what he's doing must take truly superhuman powers. At worst it will highlight the cause, and at best make a positive difference, so this has to be a win win situation. I wish him and his people all the luck and hope the event is a huge success. The alternative is to leave it as it is. I say Go Go Sir Superbob!


Q: Hi everyone, Have you ever thought about doing clinics in Europe? You're so fine players, just wonder why...There are so many institutes that'd like to listen to you...
You'd probably go from university to university if you liked to...You always play music from the hearT: What about teaching? Have you already? Simon, Germany
L: I don't think I've got the necessary patience to teach although I take my hat off to people who do as it is a very special skill. Universities and institutional buildings make me nervous as well. I always feel like I'm going to be asked where my homework is!!
B: I'm sure I should have been in a few clinics in my time, but only as a patient. I have never really been much good at teaching or demonstrating which is a shame as the thought of going from one university to the next is very appealing.


Q: Hi guys!! I was at the Donnington festival the other week and I started thinking that one band was missing.....where were Thunder? Would you play Donnington again if given the chance to? I've started a debate on the Donnington website about Thunder playing next year and the response is good!!! Fingers crossed we'll be seeing you at Donnington next June lads!!! Steve Hutton, Weston-Super-Mare
D: I assume you mean Download? We would always be delighted to play anywhere there are loads of rock fans, but to be honest Download seems to be aimed primarily at the yoof, and as a band in our mid 40s, maybe Clearchannel don't see us as fitting their demographic. Still, you never know, good luck with the campaign, make it happen baby!!


Q: Might seem like a bit of a daft question but when did you cut your hair short? I've been with my hubby since 1992(late) and I'd swear that all the times I've seen you that you have had short hair but he seems to think otherwise. Had him buy with his vouchers he got for his birthday "Flawed To Perfection" DVD, he's not yet seen it but I can say on his behalf WOW! He is especially looking forward to seeing the Monsters Of Rock performance!! Lisa Sutcliffe, West Yorkshire
D: It's been a while since I had a question about my hair... It always amazes me that it's of interest to anyone at all.. I began the shortening process in 1994 (circa Behind Closed Doors), but it got really short in 1997, about the same time I decide to stop colouring it. It's been short and grey ever since, and I like it that way. I'm not into the Willy Nelson look...


Q: First let me say I love Rock City 2. Is EMI still planning on releasing another rarities disc and will any of the bonus tracks on the recent Japanese releases be on the release? Thanks for the rock! Ken K., USA
D: Glad to hear you like the new live CD. It is rather good, even if I say it myself... I had no idea EMI were considering a new rarities disc, is this true or just a dream you had? They added the songs to the old LPs to make fans go out and buy them all over again (re-marketing), not sure why they would put them all on one CD. As far as I'm aware there are no songs left from our EMI era, but what do I know, I'd forgotten about almost all of the latest rarities....


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