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Thunder, Reef & Tax The Heat: 2015

thunderBritish Rock Legends Announce UK Arena Tour with Special Guests REEF and Tax The Heat

March 2015
Thur 12th – Leeds First Direct Arena
Fri 13th – Birmingham NIA
Sat 14th – London Eventim Apollo

18 Top 40 hit singles in the UK, a stack of gold and silver albums around the world, a whole host of awards and a fanbase of unswerving loyalty are accomplishments most bands can only dream of, but for British rock band Thunder these are stepping stones in a twenty-five career that have ensured that whenever they have stepped away from the limelight their legend has only grown further.

Having shared the stage with both Aerosmith at Clapham Calling and Mott The Hoople at The O2 in the past year, Thunder will soon emerge from the studio with a brand new album and their own long-awaited shows. Performing to over 20,000 fans across these three headline concerts, in association with Live Nation, the band will be delivering a set of stone-cold hits alongside new material from one of the landmark albums of their illustrious career. Lead singer Danny Bowes says; “There’s always been an incredible bond between our band and Thunder fans all around the world, nowhere more so than the UK, and we’re really proud of that. Our audience has continued to grow over the past few years, so these shows will be a coming together of our old fans and the new ones in a fantastic celebration. We’re extremely proud of the new album and we can’t wait to play the new songs alongside the classics.”

reef_laugh_thumbJoining Thunder on these shows will be REEF, who will be appearing as Special Guests. Reef have clocked up a sizeable array of hit singles and a formidable live presence since first exploding onto the music scene in 1994 as part of a revitalized Britrock scene alongside the likes of Skunk Anansie and Feeder. Says lead singer Gary Stringer, “It is our great pleasure to be heading out on the road with a standalone band like Thunder. They’ve carved out their own path without conforming to anybody else’s ideals and we can’t wait to get on stage with them next year and have a huge party. Let the good times roll!” Following their 20th anniversary tour last year, REEF – Gary Stringer, Jack Bessant, Jesse Wood and Dominic Greensmith – today announce a new 13 date tour for 2015:

REEF 2015 UK Tour

March
Wednesday 4th Brighton Concorde
Thursday 5th Reading Sub89
Friday 6th Bristol O2 Academy
Saturday 7th Barnstable Factory
Thursday 19th London Scala
Friday 20th Liverpool O2 Academy
Saturday 21st Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 26th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Friday 27th Norwich Waterfront

April
Thursday 2nd Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Friday 3rd Aberdeen Garage
Saturday 4th Inverness Iron Works
Sunday 5th Newcastle Riverside

Formed in 1993, REEF released their first single ‘Good Feeling’ in 1994, support slots with Paul Weller, Soundgarden and The Rolling Stones, shortly followed along with their debut album ‘Replenish’ which gained Gold status and hit Number 9 in the UK album charts. The band’s second album, the 1997 release ‘Glow‘, went straight to Number 1 in the UK album charts and spawned the band’s biggest hit ‘Place Your Hands’, along with three other Top 40 singles. The album also provided a platform for the band to tour all over the world as well as headline The Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival. ‘Glow’ was then followed by the Number 3 album ‘Rides’ in 1999, 2000’s ‘Getaway’ and their final album ‘Together’ in 2003. After over six years of pursuing solo projects, REEF reunited in 2010 for a run of sell out shows throughout the UK, as well as slots at Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight festivals. They went on to release an all-encompassing box set of their recorded work through Metropolis Music in 2012, which paved the way for their 20th anniversary tour in 2013.

The group recorded two new tracks after the tour which were to be their last with original guitarist Kenwyn House, who decided to leave the band after a final show together at Donington Park in April 2014. Following auditions it was later announced that Jesse Wood (The Ronnie Wood Band, The Faces, Red Racer) was to be the new guitarist for REEF. After being approached by film director Heidi Greensmith to write new material for the forthcoming Vortex Pictures release ‘Winter’, the band wrote the new song ‘Barking At Trees’ for the film, which will be released with a second new song entitled ‘You Got It’ on 7” vinyl and cd single during November 2014.

tax the heatAlso joining Thunder and Reef will be sharp-dressed, rhythm & blues rockers Tax The Heat from Bristol, whose debut EP was produced by the legendary Chris Goss (QOTSA, The Cult, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Masters Of Reality). Planet Rock described them thus; “They turn up looking like a modern-day Beatles in their suits. You wonder what’s going on here then? Then they launch into their tunes… and your jaw hits the floor!”

This tour brings together three great British bands, each with their own individual take on rock’n’roll, to deliver a fantastic night of music and celebration for fans old and new. Thunder’s brand new studio album will be revealed very shortly. Tickets priced at £30 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee)(+booking fee) go on sale exclusively via Thunder’s Facebook store (http://goo.gl/D9kYSe). All other tickets go on sale on here http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/thunder-tickets

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