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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Birmingham. I like Classic Rock, 70s pop music, football and interviewing celebrities. Follow me on Twitter: @andycoleman9
They're still standing - but ask fans to remain seated
Bluesy rockers Thunder are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a hit album of radically reworked versions of their songs. Please Remain Seated, which this week entered the UK album chart at number eight, features favourites from their back catalogue, re-recorded in a number of different styles, including jazz and soul.

Thunder, Please Remain Seated, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Danny Bowes
Still standing: Thunder prepare to Remain Seated (pic: Jason Joyce)

Thunder are presenting these new versions on a UK tour that visits Birmingham Symphony Hall on February 12, 2019.

Lead singer Danny Bowes says: "We've never been the kind of band that wanted to make the same album over and over, and we've never been scared to try new things. In fact, making Thunder music over the past 30 years has taught us that the more we challenge ourselves, the better we get.

''Having re-imagined and re-recorded Love Walked In in 2017, we were very stimulated by the process, and wanted to try it on other songs. We made it as live as possible, jamming ideas until we found an arrangement that felt good. We set ourselves three rules: work fast, don't aim for perfection, and make it different to the original.

"Some songs fell together spontaneously, and some took a series of strange left turns before ending up in a place none of us predicted."

Thunder, Please Remain Seated, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Danny Bowes

Since forming in 1989, Thunder has notched up 20 Top 50 singles and two gold albums and cultivated a reputation as exciting live performers. Their last album 2017's Rip It Up reached number three in the UK album charts, giving the band their highest chart placing in 22 years.

Thunder, Please Remain Seated, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Danny Bowes
Rockin': Thunder in Hamburg (pic: Jason Joyce)

Thunder UK tour, February 2019:

Friday, 1st: Cardiff, St. David's Hall;
Saturday, 2nd: Ipswich, Regent;
Monday, 4th: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall;
Tuesday, 5th: York, Barbican;
Wednesday, 6th: Gateshead, Sage;
Friday, 8th: Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall;
Saturday, 9th: Leicester, De Montfort Hall;
Monday, 11th: Bath, Forum:
Tuesday, 12th: Birmingham, Symphony Hall.

Thunder, Please Remain Seated, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Danny Bowes
Venue: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
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Why? New versions of old songs to mark 30 years of Thunder
When: February 12, 2019
Phone: 0121 780 3333
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and touring
Cost: 31.50 - 41.50 plus fees
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