Barry Graham Purkis Interview | THUNDERSTICK | August 3rd 2017

Thunderstick is back!

New album from NWOBHM legend: ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’. First noticed playing with a developing Iron Maiden in the seventies then moving to Samson (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson) Barry Graham Purkis became the figurehead of the newly emerging NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene. This was done by creating an alter ego Thunderstick, a masked persona known not only for his wild style of playing his drums but doing so from inside a cage and terrorizing audiences. He went on to form his own highly theatrical band in the eighties. Fronted by a female rock ’n’ roll wildchild Thunderstick the band was a perfect ‘Beauty and the Beast’ combination, playing live and recording for five years until it folded in 1987.

Never to be seen again until now……

Thunderstick is back with a brand new studio album which remains true to the band’s original ‘classic rock’ style: ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’

In this interview…

We discuss the new album Something Wicked This Way Comes.

New Wave of British Heavy Metal

Being a wild drummer

Schedules now days



Female fronted bands

The members of Thunderstick band, Thunderstick (drums), Martin Shellard (guitars), Dave Kandy Kilford (guitars), Rex Thunderbolt (bass) and Lucy V (vocals).

Jodee Valentine’s death

Iron Maiden’s Paul Di’Anno, Bruce Dickinson, Clive Burr and Nicko McBrain.

The band Samson

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