TAILGUNNER – annouce new guitar player Rhea Thompson!

Foto: Artur Tarczewski

Two week ago, UK’s Heavy Metal shooting stars TAILGUNNER released their debut studio album “Guns For Hire”, which has hit the UK independent album charts on #50.

Today, TAILGUNNER are more than happy to announce Rhea Thompson, the Mancunian shred machine, to become their new permanent co-lead guitarist.

“We are thrilled to have Rhea in for the long haul! From the moment she stepped up in May, learning the set in 3 days she has felt like the missing piece of our puzzle, playing far beyond what we were used to from the second guitar, allowing us to sound so much bigger – N’ we know all of you who caught a show over the Summer have been as blown away as we have”, comments the band.

Rhea Thompson adds: “I’m immensely proud and thrilled to be joining the band, and being part of the revolution to put British Heavy Metal back on the map! I can’t wait to hit the road for the „Guns For Hire” tour, and I’m excited to be a part of Tailgunner’s journey!”

Now, TAILGUNNER look forward to heading into the first leg of the “Guns For Hire” tour this October with Rhea in place, N’ a band more well oiled, super charged N’ hungrier than ever before to deliver Heavy Metal Mäyhem. “Gunners, ready yourselves. It’s all eyes to the skies, ready to fly like a Warhead. See ya on tour!” 

Foto: Sam Singer 

The album “Guns For Hire” is available on 3 different vinyls (royal blue, crystal clear and as a picture disc) limited to 500 copies each, as well as on CD digipak and digital. At the Atomic Fire Records Webshop you can order any format along with an exclusive bundle shirt.

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The band comments: “Our debut album “Guns For Hire” is the result of not only the time we have spent together as a band, but a decade of Blood, Sweat, Tears, Beers, Fights N’ Endless nights – All lit by a burning love for Heavy Metal. Now, Children of the Night, Marauders of Earth N’ Hells Vagabonds, we invite you to live it with us, told by the tale of these 10 songs. Heavy Metal is the undying beast, it can not be killed, it can not be stopped, it soldiers on no matter what. Our friend the Warhead, brought to life on our debut album by the incredible Sadist Art Design in a cocktail of 50’s Horror N’ 80’s B Movie posters, is the personification of this music we are so proud to carry the torch for. Are you ready to carry it with us?”

To sum it up, TAILGUNNER stand for pure Heavy Metal made for eternity!


04.10. D – Hamburg – Monkey Club
05.10. D – Essen – Don’t Panic
06.10. D – Stuttgart-Filderstadt – Kulturzentrum Z
07.10. D – Würzburg – Keep It True Rising III

17.10. UK – Newcastle – Trillians
18.10. UK – Edinburgh – Bannermans
19.10. UK – Glasgow – Audio
20.10. UK – Liverpool – The Outpost
21.10. UK – Manchester – Rebellion – Co-Headline w/ Eliminator
24.10. UK – Nottingham – The Sal
25.10. UK – Birmingham – Asylum 2
26.10. UK – Cardiff – Fuel
27.10. UK – London – The Black Heart
28.10. UK – Southampton – The Joiners


“New Horizons”:
“Revolution Scream”
“Shadows Of War”
“White Death”
“Guns For Hire”


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