Thunder draft in replacement guitarist for Calling Festival set

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Brit rock band Thunder have had to draft in a replacement guitarist ahead of their Calling Festival set this weekend.

Regular guitarist Ben Matthews has had to have his tonsils removed and is too ill to play or sing. Thunder have therefore called on the six-string services of Pete Shoulder, guitarist in Luke Morley’s other band, The Union.

Thunder frontman Danny Bowes said in a statement: “Ben is unable to go out or sing, so he cannot do the show on Saturday at Clapham. Rather than cancel, the band has asked our good friend Peter Shoulder to play guitar, and he has agreed to step in.

“Ben is currently advising Pete (via text) on hair tips and shape chucking. In return Pete has agreed not to sing and play too well. Please join us in wishing Ben a speedy recovery, and thanking Pete for saving the proverbial bacon.”

Thunder recently announced that they are to record a new studio album, despite previously indicating that 2008’s Bang! would be their last.

The Calling Festival, taking place this weekend on Clapham Common, features headliners Aerosmith, as well as Joe Bonamassa, Richie Sambora and The Walking Papers on Saturday the 28th June, with the 29th being headlined by Stevie Wonder.

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