Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bikes, bands and banter! Thunder In The Glens live review 26/8/17

I decided to take a trip up to the picturesque Aviemore, in the Scottish Highands to experience the Thunder In The Glens Harley Davidson bike rally. It was brilliant to see so many bikers brought together by this event which absolutely filled the town!
James Toseland in action!
The main attraction for me was the amazing Toseland. Despite being a man down (get well soon Ed!) and playing to a room of shy spectators unfamiliar with their original material, the band put on an absolutely stunning show as always! It was wonderful to hear a spread of material from their 2 albums (including a favourite of mine, Kingdoms). Frontman, James' vocals sounded superb throughout the night - these guys never disappoint , and by the end of evening had won over the crowd!
Toseland rocking the venue!
A very special feature at the event was a charity raffle for a customised Harley Davidson bike. This was a one-off Harely, which had been painted in honour of James Toseland's phenomenal biking career! For the draw of the raffle, James himself rode the bike in and performed a mind blowing burnout, filling the room with smoke before the lucky winner was announced by headlining act and motor racing driver, Rick Parfitt Jnr. Rick is of course also son of the late Status Quo legend.

Toseland customised Harley Davidson
James Toseland back on 2 wheels!
Rick Parfitt Jr and his awesome band then took to the stage to perform a headline set of rocking covers which had the whole place going wild. From Kings Of Leons' Use Somebody to Don't Stop Believin and Sweet Child O' Mine, there really was something for everybody! I thoroughly enjoyed the set which RPJ and his impressive live band performed with high energy and infectious enthusiasm! 
RPJ Band had everyone going!
It was lovely to catch up with James again, and a pleasure to meet Rick Parfitt Jnr!
I had a brilliant day and spent time with some great friends, supporting a worthwhile charity (Crohn's and Colitus UK), I just wish I could have spent a bit more time there and got to experience the whole weekend - I hope to make it up there again next year!

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