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The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Honey River, and Diane & The Deductibles at The Canyon Club on February 23rd!

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Honey River, and Diane & The Deductibles at The Canyon Club on February 23rd!

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Honey River, and Diane & The Deductibles at The Canyon Club on February 23rd!

And read interviews with all three bands here!

The legendary Fabulous Thunderbirds will be headlining The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on February 23th for what will surely be memorable night of rock and blues.  Featuring founding member Kim Wilson, Fabulous Thunderbirds continue to unveil a legacy rich in memorable songs and dynamic musicianship.  Also on the bill is Honey River – a country rock outfit with Joey Sykes of The Babys.  Opening the night will the the exhilarating Diane & The Deductibles – whose membership include ex-members of Queensryche and Air Supply The Canyon Club will certainly be rocking on a high flying Saturday night when these three very special collectives take to the stage.

Highwire Daze Online recently interviewed the one and only Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds to find out what to expect from what is sure to be an epic evening.  We also caught up with Joey Sykes of Honey River and Diane Adams of Diane & The Deductibles to discuss opening for the almighty Thunderbirds as well as what to expect from their respective live sets.  Read on…

Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds

What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming show at The Canyon Club?
I’m looking to have a good time – to have a great audience – and to rock ‘em out!

What could fans expect from your live show this time around?
It’s a different show every time. I don’t have a set list. I just kind of feel the audience out and see what they would like. And if they want a lot of blues, they’ll get a lot of blues. If they want some rock and roll, they get that. It’s different every time, so they could expect some pretty high energy.

Is there any overall story or concept behind your recent album title Strong Like That?
It’s the title track that Steve Gomes, the bass player, wrote. It’s a pretty good song. And that song has a message. You gotta be thick skinned in certain situations and you can’t let anybody get to you. It’s a very good example on how we all live. It doesn’t matter how big or how small you are – you’re always dealing with “stuff.” And you can’t let anything or anybody get you down. You have to believe in yourself.

One of your biggest albums Tuff Enuff was produced by Dave Edmunds. What was it like working with him on that particular album?
It was awesome! He’s a great producer. He was hot at the time. We already had a history with Rockpile, because we had toured with them in 1980 throughout England. And Nick Lowe produced the record before that (T-Bird Rhythm). So he was hot – he had done the Stray Cats so he had some notoriety and it seemed like the perfect thing. So it was great! We did it in England – and then we shopped it forever. The original label had gone bankrupt, so we had all of these masters – so we started shopping them to people. CBS Records signed us and the rest is history.

Tuff Enuff has been covered by folks such as Wynonna Judd and The Foo Fighters. What do you think of those covers and do you still enjoy playing that song after all of this time?
You know, I enjoy any version of that song. (Laughs) It’s just different interpretations of it, and that’s great! I still enjoy playing it. I play it every night. At every gig I play it with The Thunderbirds. If I don’t play it, I’ll catch a reaction from the audience so I have to play it. But I still enjoy doing it. I probably sing it a little better than I do on the original, but other than that, it’s pretty close. The arrangement is slightly different, but it’s not different enough to make it a different song.

What do you think has kept you so passionate about the Fabulous Thunderbirds since your inception in 1974?
It’s always a challenge, but I’m just passionate about music in general. I’ve been striving to make this band the best I can make it for many years. And I’ve had some great players come in and out this band. But I think now I’m so close to having it exactly how I want it. It’s taken a long time, but when you have people that are passionate as well – when you’ve got passionate musicians supporting you, it just makes it that much easier. And everybody wants to take it to the next level – if there is such a thing these days. And I think you should take it to the next level, because you never stop learning. If you’re a real musician, you never stop learning. It’s really just kind of a chase – of not musical perfection – because I don’t believe in perfection. To me, imperfection is perfection – because you’re going for it – everything is improvised. Everybody is really going for it – and that’s what I really appreciate about all of these guys in this band.

Are there any new recordings in the future for you?
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