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If you love Bruce Springsteen then you don’t want to miss Thunder Road ‘The songs of Bruce Springsteen’ at The Grand Hotel on November 20.

Without a doubt Australia’s number one Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Thunder Road capture the magic of a true live Bruce Springsteen show in all its rocking glory.

Thunder Road take their audiences on a musical journey through Bruce’s entire career. Playing all of Bruce’s classic hits from ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Born in the USA’ through to his current day releases.

Talented Mornington musician, Gavin Leadbetter from Nepean Music heads up a full seven piece ‘E-street’ style backing band and they don’t cut any corners on their way to giving Springsteen fans, a show as good as it gets.

“It all came about after we had a successful country rock band which is still going, and decided to have a break from that,” says Leadbetter.  “We realized we played Springsteen music together really well and we added a couple of different members to the band to make up like the E-string band with an organ and saxophone and female vocal to give it that big authentic sound. It was about 2012 when we started putting this band together.”

Along with Leadbetter on lead vocals and guitar, the Thunder Road band includes Mitch Dean, backing vocals, guitar and harmonica, Darren Shiels, drums, Dean Harris, bass, Simon Leveret, piano and organ, Dave Hedges, saxophone, brass instruments, organ, and Natalie Mincher, backing vocals.

“Our very first gig was in 2012 and we simply spread the word we were doing Bruce Springsteen songs and the work started pouring in. I am not Bruce Springsteen but we do put the energy across the songs across and that’s how we do it,” says Leadbetter. “We do all his hits, everything from Born to Run to Born in the USA and everything in between, all the big album tracks and all the crazy hits in between.”

With an audience following of the old faithful Springsteen fans that have been loving his music since the 70s and young kids who have just started getting into the classic Springsteen vibe, the show at the Grand is sure to be epic.

“We sill be doing two big one hour sets on the night, starting around 8.30pm, and we can’t wait,” says Leadbetter.

But tickets online or at the door. This is an 18+ event.

Thunder Road ‘Songs of Bruce Springsteen’ is at The Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street, Mornington, Friday November 20 from 8pm till midnight.

Phone 5975 2001.

First published in the Mornington News – 17 November 2015


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