Visually stunning and musically brilliant, Thunder are one of the best rock acts performing live today.
Surprise additions to the set seem to be all the rage and after the inclusion of the two tracks in Dare’s set to keep the fans happy, FM followed suit.
The current line up of the band, one that has now celebrated its tenth anniversary feels like perhaps the most accomplished one to date.
Interviewed by: Adrian Hextall Live Pictures of Steve Overland: Adrian Hextall \ MindHex Media With FM about to unleash Atomic Generation on the world, an album that might just be hailed as the best thing they’ve ever released, we took a moment to speak to the man with the smoothest voice in rock music, lead […]
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On Friday 24th July the weather was raining and very windy. This did not bode well for the first ever Ramblin’ Man Fair festival to be held at Mote Park Maidstone Kent on the weekend of the 25th and 26th July.
However, good old English weather prevailed and the morning of Saturday the 25th the rain stopped and the sun was out, there was still a good wind and this helped the ground dry out. This was what we wanted a great day to start this festival off.
What a difference a day makes. So sang Renee Olstead in the classic song from yesteryear. The day before the inaugural Ramblin Man Fair, the heavens opened and it looked like it could all be a washout. Then, it’s rumoured, Klaus Meine steps forward, has a word with the powers that be, pointing out that Scorpions “don’t do rain” and the day they headline is an absolute dream. Hot sunny weather, the middle of a beautiful country park in the heart of Kent (The Garden of England), real ale on draught (Iron Maiden’s Trooper Ale), a real ale tent and 3 stages containing the best that Classic Rock, Progressive Rock and Outlaw Country music have to offer.
Since that pivotal show at Firefest in 2007, FM has gone from strength to strength. With more national airplay on both BBC Radio 2 and Planet Rock than they received ‘back in the day’, it is no surprise that the band is headlining the famous Shepherds Bush Empire for the fourth time.
Sometimes you have to feel sorry for FM. To consistently deliver albums of such high quality means that fans’ expectations go up and the band of course are under increasing pressure to come up with the goods every time. To say that they comfortably manage to produce those goods does them a disservice as I’m sure that the time and effort taken to write, record and produce the 12 tracks on the album is considerable.
As for Epic, it’s a great album, but again if you’re looking for something different from what he has done in the past, not going to find that here. Nothing wrong with that of course; when you have a sound as great as Overland there is no need to improve upon it.