Bluesfest Touring

Fabulous Thunderbirds

Canned Heat - Eumundi
Eumundi (QLD) Joe's Waterhole
Wed 04 Apr 2012 - 01:00am to 02:00am
Canned Heat - Sydney with Fabulous Thunderbirds
Factory Theatre, Sydney
Sat 07 Apr 2012 - 01:00am to 02:00am
Canned Heat - Melbourne with Fabulous Thunderbirds
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Sun 08 Apr 2012 - 01:00am to 02:00am

For the last 30 years the W.C. Handy award winning ‘Best Blues Band’ THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS have been winning audiences over worldwide with their unique blend of Texas blues & harmonica laced swamp sounds. Now it’s our turn, and joining them on the road is CANNED HEAT, Some say they invented the genre Blues n Boogie, that made them a global phenomenon 40+ years ago. Now into their 6th decade of their seemingly endless WORLD BOOGIE TOUR, the HEAT have turned it up again ... and are bringing their unique blend of roadhouse electric blues, rock and boogie back our stages.

The quintessential American band, THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS were instrumental in helping kick-start the blues revival scene during the mid-'80s and after showcasing their high energy, distinctive and powerful music on tour with the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, they won the masses over with hits like Tuff Enuff & Wrap it up. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

In addition to Wilson, the current THUNDERBIRDS line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass. The late 70’s saw THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS release their first self-titled album. Primarily blues influenced, it became a cult classic. In subsequent releases, the band started to incorporate more Cajun, rock 'n roll and soul influences. THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS, and particularly frontman Kim Wilson, are revered by many of their peers, including Muddy Waters who has long called Kim his favourite harmonica player & vocalist.

CANNED HEAT gained international attention and secured their niche in the pages of rock ‘n roll history with their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival (along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who) and the headlining slot at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. CANNED HEAT’S unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie has earned them a loyal following and influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands during the past four decades. Their Top-40 country-blues-rock songs, “On The Road Again,” “Let’s Work Together,” and “Going Up The Country,” became rock anthems throughout the world with the latter being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock. Their cover version of Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together” was actually their biggest hit as it rose to #1 in 31 different countries around the world.

And they followed that – touring endlessly – appearing at all the major Festivals and venues – even London’s Royal Albert Hall, and playing more biker festivals and charity events than any other band in the world.

Anchored throughout by the steady hand of drummer/band leader Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra (a member since 1967) and reunited with longtime manager/producer, Skip Taylor, CANNED HEAT is well on track to carry the boogie-blues it made famous well into the 21st century, with reunion concerts throughout the world featuring original Woodstock era members Larry ‘The Mole’ Taylor and Harvey ‘The Snake’ Mandel.

The thunder is rolling and we are we have turned up the heat for this epic double bill!