Thunder Seven Tour

Thunder Seven
Tour Book

There are ten thunders in the wake:
The seventh thunder is tribal man  again.

In 1968, Bantam books published "War and Peace in the  Global Village," by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore , co-ordinated by Jerome Agel. In that book, the 1939 Viking Press publication of James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake" was interpreted as containing ten "thunders" each… "a  cryptogram or codified explanation of the thundering and reverberating consequence of the major technological changes in human history.

The ten thunders in the Wake are literally represented by ten examples of  onomatopoeia (words that only represent a sound, or create an impression, as opposed to having some intrinsic meaning or language sense). Each thunder contains one hundred letters. McLuhan and company translate Thunder 7 (which appears in Finnagan's Wake as BOTHALLCHORACTORSCHUMMINAROUNDGANSUMUMINARUMDRUMSTRUMTRUMINAHUMPTADUMPWAUL TOPOOFOOLOODERAMAUNSURNUP! On page 314) as heralding "Tribal Man Again," and the "end of separate, private man," and a "return of choric." In the history of  mankind, this falls between the Idustrial Revolution (Thunder 6) and the rise of a culture that will be profoundly affected by the invention of movies, phonographs, and 'pop art' (Thunder 8).

Thunder 7 is the title of the seventh album made by TRIUMPH. The material  itself centers on, among other things, the concepts of TIME, and tries to do so in a style that recaptures the original enthusiasm and basic reasons for starting and being in a rock & roll band, all the while being supplementally fuelled by the technological urgency of 1985.

And if all of the above seems a little heavy, confusing, or pompous, don't worry about it. 'Cuz after all is said and done, it's only Rock and Roll, but we  like it...

The Boys in the Band


"To feed the heart's addiction, in answer to my soul
It may not be the  best of worlds, but it the only one I know...
In the shadow of Damocles' atomic  sword
We learn to live with fear
Stringing out lives of quiet depression
We're all just strangers here...
Riding along on the razor  edge
Burned in the acid fall
Groping in the darkness, searching for a way to fill the empty space inside
And between us all..."

From "Stranger in a Strange Land"
©Triumphsongs  1984


"Oh, listen to the rhythm
Your heart won't lie
Rock and Roll  hearts
Just never die, they never die...

From "Follow Your Heart"
©Triumphsongs  1984


"The ghosts of Woodstock still haunt the next of kin
But the screams  and shouts have turned to whispers on the wind
The time has come to face the  music again
Back 'em up against the wall and bring the hammer down
Tell 'em that was then, my friend, but this is here and now..."

From "Rock Out, Roll On"
©Triumphsongs  1984


Somethin's at the edge of your mind, you don't know what it is
Somethin'  you were hopin' to find but your not sure what it is
Then you hear the music  and it all comes crystal clear
The music does the talkin' says the things you want to hear

I'm young, I'm wild and I'm free
I got the  magic power of the music in me

She climbs into bed, pull the covers overhead and turns her little radio on
She's has a rotten day so she hopes  the DJ's gonna play her favorite song
It makes her feel much better, brings  her closer to her dreams
A little magic power makes it better that it seems
She's young now, she's wild now, she wants to be free
She gets the magic power of the music in me

If you're thinkin' it over but you just can't  sort it out
Do you want someone to tell you what they think it's all about
Are you the one and only who's sad and lonely, reachin' for the  top
Well the music keeps you goin' and it's never gonna stop

"The world is full of compromise, the infinite red tape
But the music's got the magic, it's your one chance for escape
So turn me on - turn me up - it's your turn to dream
A little magic power makes it better than it seems..."
©Triumphsongs  1981


I've got something on my mind
I want you to know
Rock troops are on the move
It's startin' to show
Paratroopers everywhere
Can't you  see
Strategic weapons
Are something we don't need

Allied Forces in every nation
Allied Forces gonna take control
Allied Forces of my generations
Allied Forces of rock 'n' roll

Youth culture in overdrive
Mass frustration
Too much, too little,  too late
Class alienation
Denim armies working
Consolidate the  might
War games, maneuvers
Rehearsals in the night
From "Allied Forces"
©Triumphsongs  1981

Rock and Roll lives and breathes in the  hearts of the young
So carry on
You're runnin' on borrowed time
Tryin' hard to survive
Keep on runnin'
Your time in comin'
Keep your dreams alive...
From "Follow Your Heart"
©Triumphsongs  1984


1 Yamaha Custom SBG-3000 Double-Neck Guitar
2 Yamaha Custom SBG-300 Guitars
1 Yamaha Custom SBG-200 Guitar
1  Yamaha Custom UX-1 Guitar
1 Yamaha Custom SA-700M Guitar
1 Gibson Chet  Atkains 6-String Classical Electric Guitar
3 Yamaha G-100 Mark III  Amplifiers
1 Marshall Lead Amplifier
1 Nady VHF 700 with 2  Transmitters
2 Ibanez HD 1000 Harmonizers
1 Yamaha D-1500 DDL
1  Rocktron Hush IIc
1 Custom Switch Box
1 Erin Ball Custom Volume-Wah  Pedal
2 Ibanez Custom UE-405 Multi-Effect Pedal Boards
1 Custom Pedal Board
6 Yamaha S-412 Speaker Cabinets
1 Custom Guitar Rack

1  8" Sabian Splash Cymbal
2 18" Sabian Rock Crash Cymbals
1 20" Sabian Medium Heavy Ride Cymbal
2 20" Sabian Medium Crash Cymbals
2 20" Sabian Rock Crash Cymbals
2 16" Sabian Medium Crash Cymbals
2 13" Sabian Rock Hi Hats
1 Tama Imperial Star Custom Drum Set
including the following  sizes:
2 Tama Custom Kick Drums 24" dia x 14"
2 Tama Base Pedals
2 Tama Snare Drums 6 1/2" x 14"
1 Tama Custom Drums 6 1/2" x 6"
1 Tama Custom  Drums 5 1/2" x 6"
1 Tama Custom Drums 5 1/2" x 8"
1 Tama Custom Drums 8" x 8"
1 Tama Custom Drums 8" x 10"
1 Tama Custom Drums 8" x 12"
1 Tama Custom Drums 9" x 13"
1 Tama Custom Drums 10" x 14"
1 Tama Custom Drums  12" x 15"
1 Tama Custom Drums 14" x 16"
1 Tama Custom Floor-Tom 16" x  18"
1 Tama Custom Floor-Tom 18" x 20"
All Tama Hardware
Stickhandler Tape
Aquarian Drumsticks
Lug-Lock Tuning Devices
Pro Caddy Rack (beer-holder!)
1 Latin Percussion Cowbell
2 Latin Percussion Timbalitos

1 Fender Jazz Bass (original)
1 Fender Jazz Bass (vintage re-issue)
1 Nady VHF 700
1 Nady Transmitter
1 Ashly Pre  Amp
2 Ashly Limiter Compressors
1 Ashly 2-way Cross-over
2 Amcron PSA-2 Power Amplifiers
1 Custom Supply Box
6 Custom Bass Cabinets with JBL 140  Speakers
1 Custom Bass Rack
1 Custom Keyboard Stand
1 Roland Vocorder  Plus-VP-330
1 Roland Jupitor-6
1 Roland JX-3P
1 Yamaha DX-7
1 Roland TR-909 Drum Machine
1 Morely Volume Pedal
1 Moog Taurus Bass Pedal

Thunder Seven Official Tour Merchandise available through mail order

#1 Shortsleeve T-shirt - $12.00
#2 Longsleeve T-shirt -  $14.00
#3 Baseball Jersey - $14.00
#4 Sweatshirt - $20.00
#5 Bandana - $6.00
#6 Tour Program - $6.00
#7 Poster - $4.00
#8 Pkg of 4 different 1¼" Buttons - $6.00
Prices include shipping and handling!
Your Triumph Thunder Seven newsletter will be sent with your order.


"We all bear witness as history  unfolds
Let's hope tomorrow can deliver on the promise that she  holds
Don't look back in anger, don't look ahead in fear
You just keep  takin' her as she comes until she comes in clear
The love you send out  returns to you in time
The wheel gets turned around by those who try
For  all their lives..."
From "As Time Goes By"
©Triumphsongs  1984

We'd like to thank the Allied  Forces
of fans and friends for their loyal support.
You give us more than  just popularity
and success... you are the inspiration and the motivation.

Email Slim:

Created by a fan at