Q & A Archive - August 2003

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


Q: Hi, this is not just a question. In a changin' of point of view, what would YOU want to know about your fans? Only one question from each of you, and that what's the most important thing you want to know from your fans? This is a real question: in the song "Everybody Wants Her" who play the high voice in the chorus? This is a surreal question: is Argentina in a Thunder's Future Dates? Walter Jorge Valdez, Argentina
B: Depends if there're female or male. Female - Phone no, vital statistics, availability. Male - Girlfriends phone no, vital statistics, availability - perhaps a photo. As you may know we have played in Argentina before but we won't come back until we receive a signed letter from Maradonna confirming that he used his hand in the1986 World Cup.


Q: I'm a big fan - like everybody else on this site! Such a pity that the music world has changed over the years! Just one small question...what do all of you make of the Darkness? Spoof or proof there's life still out there. Personally I prefer somebody who can hit all the notes - somebody like Thunder. Thanks for the music guys. Scott, London
H: I think they are OK - Great to see a rock band doing well and getting a chance in the music business. I find them a bit Spinal Tap (one of my favourite films) and they are obviously enjoying themselves, which is great. I've heard snippets of the album and it sounds good - not sure about the lead vocalist though!
D: I'm in two minds about The Darkness, not sure if I love them or hate them. Either way it's of no consequence, they're clearly flavour of the month, and I know from personal experience how that feels, so they'll hopefully be enjoying every minute. Getting a shot is one thing, what you do with it is very much another. Only time will tell if they're destined for great things, we'll see. I wish them well.


Q: Have any of you ever used the 'don't you know who I am' line?? Mark, Swindon
H: No but I get lost all the time-terrible map reader me! I frequently use the "do you know where I am" line.
B: Fancy asking a question like that - don't you know who ...
C: No, but sometimes "Don't you know who I thought I was going to be?" works just as well.
L: Only when drunk and then it's more likely to come out as 'do you know who I am because I appear to have forgotten..'


Q: Hello Chaps :o) HARRY!!!!!!!!!!, sooooooo great to see you're back and getting healthier by the hour/day! :o) A few questions, hope you don't mind - tee hee! I see from an earlier post that you use Pro Mark Millennium 2 707 Hickory sticks. I have an old set of Regal tip nylon, I think, if you'd like them? I'll even sign 'em if you like? :oS I gave up drumming about 12 years ago and they're now collecting dust. Who inspired you into pursuing percussion? Phil Collins has been mentioned in a recent Q&A, just wondered what you thought of his talents, apart from the good looks ;o) ! Do you wear ear plugs and if not, has drumming screwed up your hearing over the years? A message to ALL the lads - if you hadn't taken up your preferred instrument/voice is there any other you would have loved to have a bash at? Mine would have been saxophone, rather than flute, singing rather than strangled cat, harpsichord instead of piano and tae kwondo instead of percussion ;o) !!!! Keep up the fantastic work! You know you wanna ;o) Cath (piddy_po), Norwich
H: Thanks mate-please keep the sticks - you may need them one day! You never know. My pursuit into percussion was inspired initially by my Dad's interest in the drums, and then I heard Ian Paice and John Bonham. That was it - I was hooked! I did listen to Genesis quite a bit (Trick of the Tail was a fav) so Phil Collins was an inspiration at the time. Good drummer and songwriter. I wear "in-ear monitoring" during the Thunder shows. My hearing has been screwed up over the years by playing live - my monitor was frighteningly loud at one point!! The "in-ears" allow me to hear exactly what I want to hear. Down boy.....good dog.....who said that?
D: I'd like to be able to really play the piano well, as it is I can't play it at all, so now I'm in the twilight of my years, with so many other things to do etc.
B: I'd have been a singer. No equipment to buy or carry around and you can behave like a complete arse and everybody says it's OK


Q: If one day a big Hollywood director said he wanted to make a film about the history of Thunder who would you all want to play your parts in the film? And who do you think they'd get to play the parts as well..... And yes, this goes for you Thinny as well. Jamie, Kings Lynn
H: Both Bob Hoskins and Phil Collins have intimated they would interested should a film be made on the history of Thunder - nice guys.
L: Probably Eric Stolz from Pulp Fiction as he's the only actor I can think of with red hair!
B: Is Homer Simpson available?
C: I'd like Angelina Jolie to play my part.... well, you asked.
T: Hmm...I think that I would have to play myself, as I can't think of a single Hollywood actor that could effectively capture my classic good looks and magnetic personality, along with my well toned, sex god like, body... ;)


Q: Thinny and the band, would you pay money to go and see Busted? Matt, Leeds
H: No................ but my kids are big fans so I may be dragged along to see them at some stage! Just hope they can play their instruments!
L: No. Not because they're a boy band; I just don't like that kind of music. If it had to be a band of that type then it would be Good Charlotte as I quite like their song about girls not liking boys but preferring cars and money.
B: No, but I would pay money to leave.
C: I don't think so, but then again, there are few bands that I would pay money to see
D: If my kids really wanted to go and I couldn't use my contacts for free ones, I would pay. It would be interesting to go to find out if they can play.
T: I wouldn't go and see Busted even if THEY paid ME...


Q: I had a dream last nite that we all went on a Teddy Bears Picnic with all our favourite teddies. How luverley! Do any of u have any ickle mascots u like to take on tour with u? If not can I volunteer my services - cant wait to c u all in November - I'm getting moist at the thought!! Kirsti, Derbeys
L: I'm sorry but I have no idea what you mean..................
B: Yes - I have a luverly ickle bottle of vodka called "drinkme"
H: Aaaaah................ickle no !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
C: Don't quite know what to say to that.
D: I have no mascots or good luck charms, unless you count Harry. I drink one stiff Scotch before I go on stage but that's about the extent of any rituals. Your offer is nice but I only have a very small bag, so I'm afraid it won't work, and your moisture level is slightly more information than I require...


Q:  I'm a great fan of your music and I just wanted to ask you guys when do play some concerts in Germany in the future? Is there anything planed? All the best wishes for the future and present! Chris
D: Our agent is looking into the possibility of playing in Germany, so far there is no news, but if there is it'll be announced here first.


Q: I notice that after the Liverpool gig and before the Nottingham gig you have a day off, I live in Cheshire, (between the two) and would like to invite the lads for a round of golf at my club, Shrigley Hall. Danny you told me in Manchester some time ago you were up for a knock ! what do you think ?? Steve, Cheshire
D: Thanks for the invite, but at this time it's hard to say for sure what we'll be doing on that day. It's down as a day off at this time but that may change. If we're up for a game we'll be in touch once we know what we're up to.


Q: Morning, well morning here. Did you here that the guy who cheated on "Who wants to be a millionaire" died of a heart attack, and that they are blaming ITV from the pressure they put on him. So a spokesman from ITV said they would pay for the funeral...but not the "coffin"....I thank you. Question, Still here in Vegas, I just saw an ad for Vertical Horizon playing at House of Blues, I'd had been a fan of them a while went down to the gig what a great show. Have you guys heard of them?? Also Luke & Danny Have you heard of a band called "The Calling" Great voice and great song writing. All the best. Graham
D: Must be behind the times a bit, not heard of either band. Will check them out though. Thanks for the tip.


Q: I can't speak English. But I have a question. Rumour has it that THUNDER is going to come to Japan. Are you going to come to Japan? I can hardly wait to see THUNDER. Yoshikiyo Kuroda, Japan
D: We've tried repeatedly through our agent and various promoters to play this current LP in Japan. So far, this has not resulted in a tour. I wish it were not so, as we love playing in Japan, the band are all most disappointed at the current situation, but I see no sign of it changing in the near future.


Q: What are the chances of the band playing any tracks from the Bowes and Morley album and what did you think of the album? Ade, Cheshire
D: B&M is a separate thing, and nothing to do with Thunder, so we won't be playing B&M songs during the Thunder UK tour in November. I am very pleased with B&M1, the feel and vibe of the music is different and it was great fun to make. So much so that we're getting ready to begin recording on B&M2. Luke is writing and I'm making the arrangements.


Q: I was listening to some Thunder songs last night, and I heard The catchy Cosmetic Punk but this is very different from what you guys usually do, its not the normal rock that you make. I wanted to know, how did this song come about and why did you put it on the album? Michael Beck, Wales
L: When I write I don't really know where I'm going so I tend to just follow my nose so to speak. I started with the main riff of the song and the rest seemed to follow on naturally. The tempo is unusually quick for a Thunder song but that's why I liked the idea. We made the tambourine extremely loud on the fade as a deferent direct quotation from Deep Purple's 'Fireball'.


Q: I had a dream last nite that we all went on a Teddy Bears Picnic with all our favourite teddies. How luverley! Do any of u have any ickle mascots u like to take on tour with u? If not can I volunteer my services - cant wait to c u all in November - I'm getting moist at the thought!! Kirsti, Derbeys
L: I'm sorry but I have no idea what you mean..................
B: Yes - I have a luverly ickle bottle of vodka called "drinkme"
C: Don't quite know what to say to that.
D: I have no mascots or good luck charms, unless you count Harry. I drink one stiff Scotch before I go on stage but that's about the extent of any rituals. Your offer is nice but I only have a very small bag, so I'm afraid it won't work, and your moisture level is slightly more information than I require...


Q: Awrite there guy's I've just been on the melodic rock site and looked under new releases and couldn't believe what I saw. Are you guys brining out a new studio album in 2004? surely you would be the first to let us know is it true? Rob
D: There's not a new record yet, not written let alone recorded, but provided all goes well with SATS, and the signs are good so far, we'll be looking to make a new one at some stage in 2004. Projecting further ahead is futile, as no one knows what's around the corner, but let's say this is our intention.


Q: Danny, without wanting bash any particular radio station(s)! - such as the fools @ 'Inexperienced' Radio 1316 - what's your take on radio in the UK? Do you think there's a market for a national rock radio station in the UK? I know there's totalrock but thats only on digital & am I right in thinking the record companies are screaming blue murder about internet radio because they don't get commission on songs? Sorry for the long-winded question but I think that the time is getting closer what with 1Xtra & other specialist stations... Matt, Leeds
D: I believe it's only a matter of time before licences are issued to those dedicated to bringing good and proper music to the mainstream airwaves. The recent published listening figures for the big radio stations are dreadful, so they may just see the light, but I suspect music heads at stations may have to change before that happens and then you're into contracts and payoffs etc. Heads of record labels all sit on Music Industry bodies, so they should get together and lobby the government and/or the BBC for a "grown up" national rock station, and by grown up I mean attitude to programming not necessarily music content. The audience has always been there, and the record sales also, despite the lack of exposure, so how much better would it be if the records were played during the day? The answer is VERY.


Q: Hi Danny, Have just re-read your wit, wisdom & whiskey page from earlier in the year & wondered if you're still as accident prone now...I'm also concerned it's to do with the name, as my youngest child is named after you & he's the grace of a camel!! Looking forward to seeing you in November. Nicky, Gloucester
D: Having hurt myself extensively both as a kid and yoof, I must have learned how to avoid just about all types of injury, because I'm pretty much and accident free zone these days. I am more considered, I guess deep in my sub-conscience I know that I surely must have used up my nine lives.


Q: What??! You say you're in the twilight of your life, and other things to do??! Do I take it you are referring to the her indoors and the rest of the Bowes clan, plus the other wonders of married life such as mowing the lawn/painting the fence etc?? I can appreciate what you mean, because since I married Mrs Chris, its always an argument as to whether I am going to be able to get to the band rehearsal or gig/golf course. Any tips on how to (a) get out unseen without using the drainpipe (ours are plastic), and (b) avoid the inevitable frying pan/rolling pin when coming home? Chris, Darlington
D: I don't think I have any marriage guidance qualifications, and I know nothing of you or your better half, so it would be dangerous to go into detail. Personally I think it's important to speak openly and honestly on all matters, however unpopular they may be. If that doesn't get the desired result, you could always try grovelling and begging, sobbing and wailing uncontrollably, oh and don't forget to hide all the heavy blunt instruments in the house...


Q: Hello All, First thanks for my goodies including the autograph CD cover, sadly I haven't seen it but mum says its very nice if you like that sort of thing.....Bless I am here in Vegas for 5 days before going back to work...boo hiss. Mind you blaring out SATS has to been done from the convertible. Question is where has been your favourite holiday.. you to Thinny. I saw Danny wrote he went to the states whereabouts did you go. all the best. Graham, Cruise Ship...ish
D: I went to a place called Bradenton, just a bit up the Gulf Coast from Sarasota in Florida. Great beaches and very quiet.


Q: Gentlemen, I just read in Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles (#72) that "Shooting at the Sun" will be released in the UK as a Digipak with bonus tracks. Is this true? And if so, what will the bonus tracks be? Sam
T: Not true. This is actually the European release of the album (through Frontiers records) and will not be available in the U.K. This version will include the bonus tracks River Of Pain (Live), Somebody Get Me A Spin Doctor (Live) and River Of Pain (Live - Windows Media Video). All three of these tracks were previously available in the U.K. on the 'Loser' CD single.


Q: Hi guys! My name is Gilmar I'm a vocalist and I like your songs very much. Amazing music. Danny, you are one of my favorite vocals, one of the best I've ever heard and I play your melodies one by one even with my band. Good voice, buddy! I'm wondering, where can I buy some video materials with you guys? Some DVDs or maybe VHS...I want to see you not just listening...to watch your shows. Where "Thunder" come to Toronto, 'cause everybody was here...(from Whitesnake and Scorpions...to Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, AC-DC, Rolling Stones) but you!!! Gilmar, Toronto
T: There is a live DVD available from our official On-line shop at Townsend Records . But be careful - although this release is region free, it is only available in PAL format, not NTSC, which means that you will need a PAL compatible player for it to work! There will also be a brand new DVD available in October (more details soon...). Unfortunately there are currently no plans for Thunder to play Toronto.


Q: November 15th. Spitz 109 Commercial St, London E1. Wayahead.com are selling tickets to see a band called Terraplane. Is there a band out there using the old name or could this be another secret gig like Danny & the Doo Wops last Novermber?! Kevin, Middlesex
T: The "Terraplane" that are playing The Spitz is not the Terraplane that we know (nor is it Thunder or Danny & The Doo Wops). It's actually a completely different act from the USA.


Q: I have heard Rumours that Thunder will be at the Reading festival. Is this just a rumour or is it true? Great show at Cambridge last time, see you at Watford in December. Jonathan, Bicester
D: This is not something I know anything about so I think we must assume we're not playing there.


Q: Danny, I've got to ask because I'm a huge fan of SAHB - how did you get involved in the recording of the Alex Harvey tribute album? When are you recording it and what track are you singing? Any idea when it will be released? Damn, the best set of pipes in the business singing a SAHB song!! It's almost too much for me to take! 'Nurse, bring me my medication please! John
D: Apologies for delay in getting back to you on this question. I've been on hols. I got an email about the SAHB LP a month or so ago, so I sent the organisers an email declaring my love of the band and that I'd be interested in participating. They got back to me and since then we've been talking about it. The song is likely to be Last Of The Teenage Idols, though I understand a rather huge UK male solo artist of now has expressed an interest in doing that one also, so I'm not counting any chickens. There are loads of singers and a lot of it will be down to availability, I'll probably do my bit in November in Glasgow when we're on tour. Release date I believe is April 2004, but I'm not in charge so don't quote me on that. Not sure how it'll turn out but I'll be glad to
be involved.



Q: This is a question for Danny. Today I had the misfortune of hearing Rod Stewart's version of In A Broken Dream. I wondered if you have heard it and what you thought of it. I think that Rod should be arrested for murder of a classic ballad. Sorry Rod, but your voice just doesn't suit the song. Second Question, I liked the way you played Thunderstruck at the start of your recent gig at Wolverhampton. Having heard AC/DC's version all I could imagine was you (Danny) singing it. It just didn't sound right by AC/DC. Have you ever done a version of it and if so where can I get a copy of it? Thanks for taking the time to read this. Stuart, West Midlands
D: Rod's original version of IABD is a classic, though I accept it does sound a bit dated now, I prefer to say it's "of its time". We've never played Thunderstruck, I'm sure the rest of the band could do a fine job of it, it's not the kind of song that suits my voice particularly, so I wouldn't hold your breath.


Q: This is a strange one. I asked Thinny, but he must have thought the question was too bizzare to ask. Take a look at the Back Street Symphony album/cd sleeve. This picture shows you with a very clear, distinct superfluous third nipple. Can you please clarify this, as it has bothered me ever since I bought the album back in 1990. I tried to find out for myself when you opened the 1990 Donington, but you were canny far away. (best opener at MOR ever.) Sorry for the daft question. It's all fun 'in'it!!!! Dave, Newcastle
D: I've been asked many times about the mysterious third nipple in the picture, and I am sorry to report once again that I have absolutely no clue as to how or why it came about. Having said that it's handy sometimes to whip out when the evening is flagging...


Q: Hi guys, I've just been catching up on the Q&A page and a couple of questions spring to mind after reading some of your replies....Danny, I was surprised to read that if your house was on fire, after your family and pets you would rescue your photo albums in preference to your pc's, golf clubs, and car keys. You being a family orientated sentimental kinda guy are your albums brimming over with family photos, wife and children etc, or are you just a hoarder of family and friends photos from your life that hold lots of dear memories which you like to reminisce over with friends and bevvie? Are there some 'interesting' photo's of Thunder through the years that we may get to see ? Ben, you say as a nipper you had a voracious appetite for reading, and still have now, so what do you like to read ? Whilst I have your attention, I'd best ask all the other little questions while you're about, did you get around to buying your mates motorbike, or any motorbike, second hand or brand new? How fluent is your Japanese? I heard you speaking with Yukiko at the M&G in May, when she gave you your shirt (which was beautifully made) to me you sounded proficient, however, as I don't speak Japanese maybe I am mistaken?
B: I actually read male junk such as John Grisham and Clive Cussler although I quite like a bit of non fiction now and again. I didn't buy a motorbike and my Japanese is pretty bad! I know a few words in a lot of languages and I'm a lousy photographer. I've never kept a diary and I am terrible at devising long answers.
Harry, we're all missing you, so here's one especially for you as I see your still absent from replies on the Q&A. I know you've contributed material to albums on occasion (your credited on the sleeve notes) are you still writing ?  Have you put pen to paper during your convalescence? Have you turned into a surf junkie while you've been recovering?
H: I'm back Kerry! Getting better-BIGGER-stronger-hour by hour-day by day! Thanks. Been busy composing over the last month or so-I've had lots of ideas and I will get together with Luke at some point. Yes I surf the web from time to time-Can't say I'm a real surf junkie really.
A few other little Q's that came to mind for all of you ......
Do any of you speak any other languages fluently?
C:
Trying to learn Dutch, and schoolboy French
H: I speak fluent Franglais! Oar-he-Oar! Mon bicyclette est on fume
T: Ok, I've been told off by Kerry for not answering these myself, so here goes.....I studied French and German at school, but I don't remember much of it now. I could probably handle the odd sentence, but I certainly couldn't attempt to have a conversation.
Are any of you keen photographers or are you just pleased to get your subject matter in the frame with heads, arms and legs intact? Are any of you the unofficial Thunder photographer, you know , always got a camera handy just in case !
D: I am a lunatic photographer, not any good or arty, but I snap all the time. I have built up a vast library of pics, and like to look at them when I have time. I find pics are the best way to get back to the time and place. There are plenty of interesting Thunder pics but hopefully you'll never get to see them, dammit a band has to have some secrets!!
C
: I wouldn't say I'm keen, but I've always had an interest in photography - I could imagine a hobby developing from it (as it were)
H: I used to snap away quite merrily and have loads of stupid pics of us - I don't do it so much these days. Jason, our old mucker, follows our movements and he is very good at capturing the moment!
T: Well, I've never really been one for the camera - whether it's in front of one or behind one, but I did really enjoy taking the pics of the guys on stage earlier this year for the website. Sigh...now you've gone and got me all depressed about not being able to be back on the road with the band in November....
Last question, honestly, and it may sound silly and maybe it's a girl thing, but do any of you keep a diary or a journal? Somewhere for your private thoughts, somewhere to mull things over, get things off your mind, somewhere to begin visualising and realising your dreams and ambitions? Kerry
D: I am a sporadic diarist, which I always think is worse than not keeping a diary at all.
C: It all stays firmly in my mind, I'm afraid
H: I keep a diary - Have done for over 20 years now! One day I'll read them - It'll be interesting!
T: Um....nope I don't think I've ever kept a diary of any sorts, unless you count the Thunder tour diary. My head is usually full of so much junk that making sense of it all on a written page would probably be a bit of a task....


Q: Harry, I was reading through your answers and spotted your franglais: My bicycle is one smoked? C'est le miel rôti? (Is it also Honey Roasted?) or did you want "Ma bicyclette est sur le feu!" Come on Palace this season. Strange seeing Steve Kember in charge as he taught me football in the eighties. Wasn't that good at it so he won't remember me. Now a question... Danny what's your favourite tipple (it looks like water or is it vodka in water bottles), Evian, Pellogrino, Volvic... for cooling down the vocal chords during a show? Do we all stay relatively sober prior and during a show or do we get divine inspiration, as some musicians do, from slurping a few pints and shots before and during a gig? James Vincent
D: I drink beer (bottled and cold, premium brands, no piss), nice red wine, orange juice, and water. I try to drink gallons of the healthy stuff and moderate my consumption of the not so. I'm not always successful. On stage I drink water or occasionally cola, a stiff scotch before a show as a good luck charm. Brand of water is irrelevant to (I'm not fussy, I'll drink tap if it tastes nice).
H: No - Ready salted - Well spotted there James - Deliberate mistake. Yes we generally have a beer (or a scotch) or two before we go on. And there's normally a beer on stage. Personally I don't like to drink too much before going on - it tends to take the edge off of one's performance.


Q: Hello Chaps :o) HARRY!!!!!!!!!!, sooooooo great to see you're back and getting healthier by the hour/day! :o) A few questions, hope you don't mind - tee hee! I see from an earlier post that you use Pro Mark Millennium 2 707 Hickory sticks. I have an old set of Regal tip nylon, i think, if you'd like them? I'll even sign 'em if you like? :oS I gave up drumming about 12 years ago and they're now collecting dust. Who inspired you into pursuing percussion? Phil Collins has been mentioned in a recent Q&A, just wondered what you thought of his talents, apart from the good looks ;o) ! Do you wear ear plugs and if not, has drumming screwed up your hearing over the years? A message to ALL the lads - if you hadn't taken up your preferred instrument/voice is there any other you would have loved to have a bash at? Mine would have been saxophone, rather than flute, singing rather than strangled cat, harpsichord instead of piano and tae kwondo instead of percussion ;o) !!!! Keep up the fantastic work! You know you wanna ;o) Cath (piddy_po), Norwich
D: I'd like to be able to really play the piano well, as it is I can't play it at all, so now I'm in the twilight of my years, with so many other things to do etc.
B: I'd have been a singer. No equipment to buy or carry around and you can behave like a complete arse and everybody says it's OK


Q: Being a huge fan of Peter Shoulder, whom I saw a year ago at a local free Blues festival and I've been trying to follow around since (bit like trying to knit fog, that!), I wonder how you came to get together with him? Looking forward to the tour in November because we're spoilt for choice up here for live music and I had other commitments for MOR - which I've deeply regretted ever since! Lynne, North East
L: A publisher friend of mine sent me a demo of Peter's stuff which I thought showed great potential. He was doing a showcase for Sony USA so I went along and met him and his family who were all very nice. We have written a few tunes together and I've been producing his demos over the past six months or so in between Thunder commitments. Hopefully we're going to record 4 tracks to master level in September so with a bit of good luck there may be something released quite soon.


Q: Hi Luke, It's great to hear that you have started work on writing the new Bowes & Morley CD - one for us all to look forward to. My question is about the exclusive acoustic mixes released alongside the MSA album. They were great but not particularly easy for people to get hold of to say the least - we couldn't buy them. Was it done purely with a view to promotion ?
L: We asked people to help spread the word about the 1st B+M album by encouraging them to gather email addresses of people the knew and for this they received an exclusive copy of the acoustic mixes. They were never sold.
I guess it is probably too early for you to know exactly what you plan to do this time around but please do consider doing some more acoustic mixes for the new B&M CD. Perhaps you can allow us to buy them this time around - either by sticking them on the CD itself as "bonus tracks"  or releasing an acoustic EP to earn yourself some more beer money. Mark Burton, London
L: As you say it's a bit early to be talking about extra tracks and formats. Let's see what happens when we've made the album.


Q: For Danny and Luke, I am a french fan, I was present for the Bowes and Morley set in Nottingham, Last September (2002). Fantastic! I was at the London Astoria in May (2003). Great! My question is simple : do you plan to record a new Bowes and Morley album? And when that new album will be released? Thanks and my congratulations to you. Bertrand
L: Yes, we will be making a new B&M album which I'm currently working on. Hopefully it'll be released earlyish next year.


Q: Many thanks for the May gig at Wolverhampton, we were lucky enough to be on the front row and hope to be on the front row again there in November. Is there any chance of you playing the greatest ballad ever, Today The World Stopped Turning? Also I am having to get used to my 11 year old son's taste in new metal i.e. Sum 41, Bowling for soup, etc. Are there any of these new groups that you rate? Andrew Mellor
L: I've no idea what we'll be playing in November because, as stated elsewhere on Q+A, the decision isn't made until we're rehearsing. I watch Kerrang TV occasionally to check out what they're playing but I have to be honest and say that I'm not a massive fan of nu-metal. I like Queens Of The Stone Age and Nickelback if they count!!


Q: I was in HMV today and what Joy!!! A new Thunder Album, and what a cracker it is too. Glad to have you back!!!!!!! Will you be adding to the tour dates at all?? St Georges in Bradford would be great once again. Or maybe the Town and country in Leeds? Otherwise it will be trip to Liverpool. Which will be well worth it I'm sure. Andy, Bradford
T: There are no plans to add any more dates to the November tour.


Q: Hi Guys, hope you are all making the most of the hot weather !!!! I know you've discussed meet and greets before but I was after some clarification on the subject. At the Astoria gig this year we went immediately to the merchandise stand to get the where and when of the m & g only to find out that passes had been handed out 5 mins before. I know that the venue has a say in the order of events but do you have any idea how the m & g will be handle (i.e. will passes be handed out, first come first served, or will details be given out, at the merchandise stand, of where to go after the show) at the Watford and Astoria shows in Nov ??? Mum and me were gutted that we missed out on having a chat with you last time so we figured if we get some guidelines from you we can have an action plan for getting ourselves a couple of passes !!!! By the way, we're both really looking forward to seeing you twice in one week !!!! Lois (and Carol), West Drayton
T: On the last tour the meet and greet passes were handed out on a first come first served basis (and they would go within minutes most of the time), so the only advice we could offer is to get there early and head straight to the merch stall. There are only a very small number of passes available at each show as we simply cannot fit everyone into the room. We are not yet sure how the meet and greets will work on the November tour, but as soon as we know we will post the details on the news page.


Q: Here I am all this week (w/c 4/8/03) sat in a very hot and non-air conditioned job centre doing my bit to get people a job and I was wondering what all the band are up to - sunbathing in the garden? sitting in a studio?  Pauline Moran, Doncaster
B: Sitting in an air conditioned studio recording the All Female Naked Swedish Cheerleader Band. Man it's tough. Now girls once more from the top this time with some feeling ....
C: Up until a short while ago I was on a beach in Lanzarote. I don't think it was as hot as it's been here, though!
L: Unfortunately I'm also in a non air conditioned room writing the next Bowes & Morley album. Time to sunbathe would be a luxury!!!!!!


Q:  This may only play to the non-guitar playing members of the band but it doesn't have to. If you were to enter the forthcoming UK Air Guitar Championships what Thunder song would you choose to "perform"? For the guitar members are there any songs you prefer playing on Air Guitar rather than on the real one? Alex, Southampton
C: One of my personal favourites, on or off guitar, is still Since You've Been Gone. Let's face it, everyone wants to be Ritchie Blackmore.
B: They must be getting a lot of sun down in Southampton. Perhaps it's a sign that the ozone layer is depleting more rapidly than we suspected.


Q: I was listening to Black and White, (having finally managed to track it down on CD after killing the vinyl many years ago) yesterday in the car and a couple of questions came to mind about Terraplane and Thunder. 1. Have you ever considered re-recording some of the Terraplane stuff that Is Thunderish i.e. Couldn't handle the tears or Talking to Myself? 2. How do you decide on an album title given that only one of the Thunder albums with new material at the time of its release is not reflected by a song of that name in the track listing. Do you name it after what you think is the strongest/weakest song or just whichever Sounds/looks best at the time? Thom, Bristol
L: We wouldn't consider re-doing a Terraplane song as I can't see the point. That was then and this is now. There aren't any hard + fast rules to choosing an album title apart from it has to be a memorable phrase that has some relevance to what we're doing at that time. Backstreet Symphony is an exception as I had the album title way before before it turned into a song.


Q: I've heard about you coming to next year's Rock Festival Serie Z in Jerez (Cadiz-Spain), is that right? Rafa, El Puerto (Cádiz)
L: We would love to come to Spain to play but there are no shows confirmed at the moment.


Q: Is it true Terraplane are playing a gig in London on 15th November, and if so is it the original line up or another band using your name? Paul Dryden
L: Definitely not!!!!


Q: Thanks for a great gig in Glasgow. I managed to blagg my way backstage and meet the guys, not that I can remember much about it as I was out on the lash the whole day. Anyway I asked Danny if the voice on Baby I'll be gone that say's "you've been a bad bad girl im gonnae make u mine" was Alice Cooper or maybe Axl Rose but he couldn't remember that far back. However im still curious. See ye in Nov, Matchboxjoe20
L: It's actually Danny's voice but it's been distorted to achieve the necessary effect.


Q: Any chance of Zico joining you again in November; and did they seem to go down well as a support band, compared to others, in your opinion? Lynsee, Norfolk
L: Unfortunately the support band are nearly always on stage when we're in our hotel so we don't often get to see them. We haven't decided who will be supporting in November yet.


Q: Hi Harry, glad to see your back and making progress towards being a fully fit tubthumper again. My question is, What did you do to pass the time when you were ill? Are you an avid reader if so what? Do you watch a lot of TV if so what? See you at a BI gig soon. The Bald One, Watford
H: Thanks mate. No I'm not a big reader at all and spent some time watching TV - Luckily for me, Wimbledon was on when I came out of hospital and I do like a game of tennis - I watched a little bit of daytime telly - How can anyone watch that rubbish week in, week out! Watched a few films on DVD and generally pottered around on the computer. Basically, I didn't do any brain taxing stuff and chilled for a while - Doctors orders!


Q: This is for Harry "Gary" James. Hi! I want to know what kind of sticks do you use to work?, and if you can say, the specifications of each. Also want to know the mark and if you have any kind of sponsor. Would you like to have your own line of sticks, I mean something like "HARRY JAMES LINE", fixed on the sticks? Walter Jorge Valdez
H: I use Pro Mark Millennium 2 707 Hickory sticks - I am able to get the sticks at a reduced rate (only for me you understand) I used to have my signature on them.


Q: I've noticed that one of the answers most often given for not releasing live material is that the material is "owned" by someone else and will never be released. My question is, and it may be a very stupid one, if the material is never planned to be released why can you not get hold of it? Or at least buy it for a small fee? Surely whoever owns it would rather make some gain from it rather than it sitting around doing nothing? Sure there's a very logical answer to this and it's bound to be something to do with recording bureaucracy. Tim, London.
L:  think you've got your wires a bit crossed here Tim. To my knowledge there isn't any live material owned by EMI, Castle or Eagle that hasn't already been released. Now we have our own label the choice to release any 'future' live or studio material rests with us. Our previous labels are in the business of making money of course so they maintain the right to re-release/re-package any material recorded while we were under contract to them. I hope this clears up your query.


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