Formed at the turn of 1989, Thunder have enjoyed an eventful career that has thankfully witnessed more highs than lows.
Having met in 1971 when they were 11, Danny and Luke have been playing in bands together since they were 15, so they knew exactly what they were going for in 1988 when they began working with Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) as producer. Harry James occupied the drum stool, and despite being the engineer on the early sessions, Ben Matthews swiftly joined to play guitar and keyboards. Showcases were done, Mark “Snake” Luckhurst was recruited to play bass, and a record deal was inked with EMI.
They've had 3 bass players, namely mark "Snake" Luckhurst (1989-1992), Mikael Hoglund (1993-1996), and Chris Childs (1997-present), but the rest of the line up has remained the same.
They split up in 2000 and returned in 2002, then split again in 2009.
In 2013 they agreed to reunite for 6 festival shows, which escalated into 20 shows around the world. The crowd reactions were so good, they decided in April 2014 to record a new album, and the resulting album “Wonder Days was released in Feb 2015. It went into the UK national chart at no 9.
Having played a series of arena shows in Feb 2015, Thunder is most definitely back!
The band is currently working on a new album, for release in early 2017 (TBC).