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Thunder unplugged

London band perform intimate show at HMV store

Thunder fans are a dedicated lot, travelling from all over the country to see the band play seven songs and do a signing session to promote new album Wonder Days.

So, it’s only new stuff they’re playing? No, they mix it up. In fact, they kick off with Backstreet Symphony. And, just to show how fallible even the most pro bands can be, the song is stopped twice because of problems. But it all adds to the fun. And the song still stings even when played acoustically.

What new songs did they do? We get to hear Black Water, Broken and Resurrection Day. It says much about their quality that all three sound like old friends, and slip neatly into the Thunder environment.

**Is Ben Matthews back? **He sure is. After his recent, serious health problems, it was good to see him back in the saddle – or rather, on the stool. And no fuss is made of his return. He just gets on with the music. Matthews doesn’t need public displays of emotion from his bandmates and fans to know how delighted everyone is to see him return.

**Is the Thunder humour still intact? **What do you think? They’re still Loveable London Larrikins. This comes through when Danny Bowes shows how pleased he is with the singalong portion during Resurrection Day by telling everyone, “I think it will work live”, only for Luke Morley to witheringly inform him: “We’re playing live now!”.

And cajoling everyone to join in at the end of Low Life In High Places, Bowes employs some ‘unintentional’ double entendres. For instance, “I’ll guide you in!” - Oooo, er – following by “I’ll start you, and you can finish yourselves off!” - Matron!

**Was it a worthwhile exercise? **The nature of the beast is to promote the new album. But the half hour performance is entertaining, and shows the band are limbering up well for the upcoming tour. Huge grins all round. Thunder are still putting the ‘party’ in ‘art’!

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.