UK hard rock quintet heavily influenced by Bad Company and the Rolling Stones. Thunder evolved from the ashes of Terraplane, with the surviving nucleus of Danny Bowes (14 April 1960, England; vocals), Luke Morley (b. 19 June 1960, England; guitar) and Gary James (b. 19 June 1960, England; drums) recruiting Mark Luckhurst (bass) and Ben Matthews (b. 21 July 1963, England; guitar/keyboards) to complete the line-up. Moving away from the melodic power pop of their former incarnation, they teamed up with producer Andy Taylor (ex-Duran Duran) to record Back Street Symphony, a stunning album of bluesy rockers and atmospheric ballads, which received widespread critical acclaim for their dual guitar attack of alternating riffs and lead breaks, with Bowes gritty and emotional vocals adding charisma and distinction. Live, the icing on the cake was drummer Gary James erratic behaviour, which included appearing in a tutu or offering impromptu Frank Sinatra...
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