The DVD portion of the latest release by UK Classic Rock royalty, Thunder, offers us a detailed insight into the bands reformation up to the conclusion of the Wonder Days touring cycle.
It can be hard not to be cynical when a band reforms yet again after a supposed retirement that saw the band walk off into a glorious sunset. It can (and usually is) a Greatest Hits affair where certain members just want to cash in on nostalgia and make a few quid to top up the Golf Course fees. What is evident from this DVD is that Thunder definitely DO NOT feature in this bracket.
The reason behind the bands dissolution and getting back together a few years later are fully explored and the reasoning behind it makes total sense. I thought I had a pretty good grip on how a band sort of operates, but the revelations in this DVD make me wonder how the band actually lasted so long in the first place. The band joining back up isn’t really a surprise, once the mistress of the spotlights has you in her sights, it can be hard to ignore the call, your body and mind can say one thing and your heart says something totally different.
One message that is eloquently told through this DVD, is that the love the fans have for the band really played a huge part in what happened after they reformed for a single festival show (High Voltage in 2011). The reception they got from that one show resurrected the spark. The fans have stuck by the band through thick and thin, retirements and much worse. They are loved and when they finally decide that they want to release new material, they do it with an album that can honestly be classed as one of their best since their early work.
The documentary is full of humour and candid truths. It lays out the trials and tribulations of a band who have grown together and stuck together.
Overall, this documentary is worth the price of the three disc set alone if you want to find out what it takes to put the band back together.