We toured from Quebec to Vancouver Island and were on the road for 115 days last year. Finally, thanks to all of you on festival boards, the volunteers, music promoters and venue owners and staff for all your hard work and for having us perform. Thanks to my agent Kap Palmer. My great thanks to Herb Wollny for your support and encouragement. Thank you Sarah French for your promotional expertise and thanks to Dave Beatty at QEDMedia for the videos. Cool man. And huge gratitude and thanks to my sweetie Susan Moses for without her I could not do this.
Now Onto 2018Joe and I are currently writing songs for the next album. We already have a couple of tunes that are going to be a joy to play for you. All the new songs continue in our patented Blues Powered True-Grit Canadian Rock Crossover Style.For those of you in the London, ON area we are playing at the Music Hall on April 14, 2018. We are playing on April 13, 2018 for “Friday The 13th” in Port Dover, ON. Please check the Shows page for more performances in your area.
In case you do not know, Joe DeAngelis and I are two of the founding members of the pioneering Canadian heavy rock group “Thundermug”. We were based in London, ON and in the early 1970’s received charted national radio airplay in Canada with records released in the USA, South America and Europe. The band garnered early positive reviews in various news outlets including Rolling Stone Magazine. We opened for Rush, Areosmith and many major acts of the day. We toured Canada with April Wine for over 80 dates and did the same with other large Canadian acts. Thundermug has fans from coast to coast in Canada and from California to The Netherlands but the most fanatical fans are in London ON, Canada.At this time I do not know details of the effort but I have heard there is a plan to persuade the 2019 Junos to give Thundermug a special award. This is powered by the fact that the 2019 Junos will be held in London. In any event I just want to say I am darn proud of the old band and it was an honour for me to play in it. We did very well for a group of kids in our late teens and early twenties. The music we created lives on and is valid to this day. It has brought and continues to bring a lot of joy to a lot of people. Well done Joe DeAngelis vocals, Jim Corbett bass, Ed Pranskus drums and Bill Durst guitar. It is said that awards are nothing to aspire to yet it is also true that an act of recognition is a righteous thing. Joe and I recognize you for doing this musical journey with us. Our Greatest Thanks. And the journey continues… ~BD
Before we talk about this year let me tell you a little about last year. It was exceptional. I would like to give a big hug and huge thanks to you who are my long time fan and to you who are my newer fan. You are the reason Joe DeAngelis and I keep going!!!
Here are some of the many highlights… We started in January headlining a wonderful “Trio of Trios” show at The Music Hall in London, ON. In February there was my crazy 65th birthday party at The Hall in Stratford, ON. We opened for Downchild at the Regina Casino in early March and received a standing ovation. In the summer we headlined The Pembina River Nights Festival and Soulfest both in Alberta. We played the Ottawa Music Festival for the first time. It was awesome and we made lots of new friends. In July at the Kemptville Music Festival we opened for Burton Cummings and received a standing O and an encore. Very Cool. In September we opened for Loverboy at The Kerr Fest in Oakville.
GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ Bill Durst Sweet Mother of God, what have I just heard?!? This is the 5th solo album by former Thundermug guitarist Bill Durst from Stratford, Ontario, and it’s one of the most exciting records I have heard in a very long time. Continue Reading...
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