Saturday, April 08, 2006

I have a new favorite band.
If The Needles are Wilmington's answer to The Hellacopters, then Thunderlip (Myspace)is surely that city's answer to Gluecifer -- with a little Queen and Thin Lizzy thrown in. Strangely enough, I'd never seen the band before, but as I found out last night, all my friends' ravings were correct. They are a fierce rock machine with a wild-ass frontman (who, from what I hear, wasn't as wild-ass last night as he normally is), and two phenomenal guitarists who play blistering twin leads. The highlight of the evening was when Craig Tilley of Birds of Avalon joined them onstage for a dead-on cover of "Highway Star," which is probably my favorite Deep Purple song of all time. Unfortunately I was so excited about them playing "Highway Star" that I didn't think to record it until halfway through. I've included that recording here, along with a recording of "Meet the Snake."

Thunderlip from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Thunderlip performs "Meet the Snake."

Another one by Thunderlip from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Thunderlip performs "Highway Star" with Craig from Birds of Avalon. Also, I got a lot of good photos from that show. Check out the Flickr set.

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