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Thunderstick: "Samson weren't just out to take drugs and find women"

The enigmatic Samson drummer and NWOBHM cornerstone returns with first solo album in 30 years

Barry Graham Purkis is the first person to admit that Barry Graham Purkis is no name for a rock star. But add a sinister ski mask and the nom de guerre Thunderstick and you have one of British rock’s most memorable figures. As an early member of Iron Maiden and, most famously, Samson, the drummer was a prime mover in the NWOBHM scene before putting together his own eponymous band in the 1980s. Now he's back with a new recod, Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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