Thunder, York Barbican
Graham Clark, Features Writer
It is 10 years since Thunder last played York, tonight's show is different in that it forms part of The Please Be Seated Tour.
The British group have re-recorded some of their old tracks in a new style. Singer Danny Bowes has a soulful voice that works well with the new arrangements.
Guitarist Luke Morley and Bowes walk on to a simple stage set to treat the fans to Love Walked In giving a stripped down version of the track - it worked well in the new format.
Stand Up follows in what could be a contradiction in terms as the band and audience are fully seated for the night. By the time we get to Miracle Man the whole band including two female backing singers are on stage. The girls give the tracks a more roots given feel.
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Bowes still wears though his cheeky chappie persona always ready to handle any hecklers from the audience.
Some of the tracks are nearly unrecognisable and sound better now than they did back then, Bigger Than Both of Us being a good case in point. Others such as Better Man, a song they have not performed live for a good few years, does not sound that much different from the original.
By the time we get to the last song of the evening, Low Life In High Places, the audience are singing along to every word - after nearly 30 years of doing it was a masterclass lesson in how to re-invent the group yet still sound fresh.
There might not have been much loud Thunder but it was still a quiet storm.
Thunder, York Barbican, 6th February 2019, 22:00 PM