For The Metal Voice former Anthrax singer Neil Turbin sits down with Jon Mikl Thor in Los Angeles on April 26 2019 at the launch of his new album Hammer of Justice and release of his new DVD Documentary Return of the Thunderhawk. Thor talks about how he learnt to do his feats of strengths, His meeting with Jimmy Page in London in the 80’s.
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When asked about his new album and new DVD Documentary
“Return of the Thunder Hawk is coming out on DVD April 26 and it will be a complement to the new album ‘Hammer of Justice’. This is gonna be a package you buy the CD you get a DVD, plus there’s going to be screenings across North America of the documentary and also in Europe and the festivals. The musical direction will be power metal with sing-along choruses like when you’re in the arena and you want everybody to sing with you, like the Vikings would do it back in the day when they were going into battle. The new album musical style will have lots of heavy rifts I think when you hear the songs on Hammer of Justice you’ll say there are incredible powerful metal riffs that will hit you right in the face. ”
When asked about his meeting and playing to Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
“We signed to Doug Smith on a management deal as he was blown away by our show in New York in the 1983. Doug Smith also managed Motorhead, Gilrschool and Tank. Smith said to us he can break us in England during the release of the Thor album Unchained .Early 1984 we played the Marquee Club in London and Jimmy Page was in the audience and he said to me afterwards, very good Jon. I think he was a little plastered at the time when I met him cause during the after party and I saw him sleeping, with his head on the table.”
When asked about his time competing with Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Before music I was exposed to the bodybuilding scene, I used to come down to the US from Canada in the 1970’s to train at Gold’s gym on Venice beach and Arnold Schwarzenegger used to train at the same time. I’ll tell you a story I was 18 at a competition and I see a big crowd back stage and Arnold is posing and I look closer and Arnold is getting sucked off by one of the contestants ( Miss World) and Joe Weider says to him , what are you doing Arnold and Arnold said I’m pumping up.”