Ash News

It’s been a while since my last news letter so I thought I’d get everyone up to speed with the events happening behind the scenes.

Our 2 month European Tour is slipping into distant memory along with the cold winter nights and grim weather.

The tour itself was another resounding success. The band even ventured down into Italy and Poland again, along with six other countries.

Believe it or not, we are actually already rebooking dates in a good number of European countries for January, February and March of 2017.

 

2016 Touring Schedule
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The USA fall tour dates will be posted soon on our wishboneash.com website.

This time we’ll revisit the midwest in September and travel back from there to the East Coast.

Hopefully, we’ll be trying for the south and west a little later on.

The UK will follow hot on the heels of this tour in October of 2016 and roll on into November.

Our annual fan convention, AshCon, will conclude this tour on November 19th.

This year the venue will be The Grand (a firm band favourite) in the charming northern town of Clitheroe.

 

In the web store
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We have new stock of the very popular Roadworks box set. This 4 disc set contains live recordings from recent years and is a great representation of the current line up.

For the first time ever, the 2002 album Bona Fide is available on vinyl!

It can said that the modern resurgence of Wishbone Ash over the last 15 years or so started with this album.

The Live in Paris DVD has also been repressed and that is also available at the store in a dedicated PAL version.

For those that missed out on this event, we recorded 3 live shows at the intimate Le Triton Theatre in Les Lilas last year.

The best recordings were taken for the DVD produced by Christian Guyonnet.

These are all available from the web store

Note: If you’re in the U.S. and want a copy of the Live DVD you can order it with the PayPal button here : http://wishboneash.com/blog/post/live_in_paris_dvd_-_available_here_us_only/

 

At home
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Personally speaking, I’m recharging my musical batteries, taking in some shows by artists that I like throughout the summer.

Recently, I saw a great show by Vince Gill and the the Time Jumpers.

Vince is a seriously great guitar player and singer and the show superseded my expectations with plenty of twin guitar harmony work as well as guitar and fiddle duets.

I know Joe has booked tickets to see Steely Dan at Redrocks Amphitheater in Colorado. I was lucky enough to catch them last summer.

We’ll all be looking forward our dates in September with a revamped setlist and perhaps we’ll publish that ahead of time so people will get an idea of what to expect.

Have a great summer of music and we’ll catch you on the road when the nights draw in.

Best Bones,

Andy Powell

Ashcon 2016

It is with great pleasure that I can bring you some details of Ashcon 2016. This year’s event will take place on Saturday November 19th at The Grand Clitheroe in the Heart of the Ribble Valley. Some of you may already have seen the band perform at this superb venue and I’m sure will agree that it is really suitable for our special day. I will bring you further information including a list of hotels in and around Clitheroe within the next few days. I also can confirm that a venue has been booked for the Friday night party with Wishclone Ish. As usual Mike Day will be in touch with our talented fans to arrange the evening’s entertainment. More details to follow.

Guy Roberts

Bona Fide Vinyl

Bona Fide is released on vinyl for the first time.

It'll be available in the webstore soon.

Be in the band

If you're viewing this in Chrome you should be able to drag around inside the video and see what it's like to be on stage with the band as they play Persephone.

Coming to Poland (and more)

The first half of the European tour has gone extremely well. Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting us.

Starting Feb 11th we’ll be visiting Austria, Switzerland, Poland and Italy…

Don’t miss us!  Check the Tourdates page for full details.

Season’s Greetings!

Not long to go now until Christmas, although you’d never know it here in Connecticut. The temperatures have been positively spring-like with some days being in the balmy 60s.  Facebook certainly enables me to get in the mood though, with all your seasonal postings (mostly guitar related). I particularly liked seeing the Christmas trees made out of guitars and even drum sets! Very creative. I’m sure there are more than a few fans, musicians themselves, with a guitar or two on their own personal Christmas shopping lists.

On my list is a new vinyl turntable. A while ago, I decided to throw all my old vinyl out and then at the very last minute, decided not to. I had too many great memories invested in those LPs. I remembered that I also had some old JBL studio monitors stashed away, identical to the ones Bill Szymczyk and all the producers would have used at Criteria Studios in Miami, where we recorded several albums in the 1970s. I decided to rig up a system to recreate how I would have actually listened to the music as it went down in the control room and later, as I’d listen to the final mastered recordings that were produced back then.  Incidentally, as our fans will know, Wishbone Ash has recently released the Live at Metropolis vinyl disc as well as a vinyl version of Blue Horizon. Vinyl is popular once again and we actually still have some of those discs available for the connoisseur should you wish to pick one of those up on our upcoming European tour (wishboneash.com/tourdates) or from our webstore (http://wishboneash.bigcartel.com)

The Wishbone Ash disc I chose to spin on my new turntable was There’s the Rub. The sound was immediately there and it was novel to hear the songs in order with the correct gaps between tracks and to go through the process of turning over the disc for the second side featuring the track FUBB, while sipping on a nice glass of wine. All of this got my juices flowing,  and so next up was the album Hotel California by the Eagles another Szymczyk produced disc featuring twin lead guitars aplenty. How would the guitar solos sound coming directly of the vinyl platter? Not bad, as it turns out. Definitely different from the digital version I’d grown accustomed to in recent years. The same goes for the bass end and drums. This was an interesting experiment because the two albums are related.

Our recording sessions in 1975 were kind of like the sound check for this global hit by the Eagles. I know Bill honed many of his editing and tape-splicing chops a lot by working with us and the same goes for his recording techniques. The Eagles were loading their gear into studio 3 while we were in the process of reviewing our final mixes in the control room there. Both discs have a lot of similarities in their production values, being recorded in that same studio, mixed in the same control room (on those JBL monitors) with Bill and his engineer,  Alan Blazyk,  handling the engineering. As a side note, while I was listening, I remembered how taken aback Bill had been when he’d met us at Miami International Airport and instead of Ted Turner walking to greet him, the new guy, Laurie Wisefield, turned up. No one had informed Bill of the personnel change! No matter, he still got to record some stellar guitar tracks and then, directly after six weeks in the studio with us, even more stellar guitar with the Eagles, culminating in their worldwide classic album.

Anyway, as all these memories came flooding back during my reacquaintance with my vinyl collection,  I was reminded how Christmas is like this, a time to reflect and a time to recharge batteries. I’m rarely able to do this kind of thing so I’m enjoying the vinyl experience as well as catching up on my reading as well as following the current political scene in the USA. We had the last Republican debate last night. The recent terrorist events in Paris and San Bernadino have certainly brought out the sabre rattling from the candidates.

All that aside, I must quickly let you know that we have been fulfilling mail orders for the Live at Le Triton DVDs that we recorded in the Spring of this year,  in Paris. It was a great 8 camera shoot and a fine production by Christian Guyonnet. There’s just time to get a few more orders sent out if you are living in America.
Please note that this will ONLY ship to the U.S. The European version is coming very soon and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available for mail order that side of the Atlantic.


  So, if you live in the U.S.A. you can click here to order your copy now!
  They will of course also be available on our upcoming European tour dates at our merchandise stall in operation at each venue. The band will be on hand to sign copies in that case. Solid Rock House Records have now taken over the licensing and distribution of this DVD for Europe.


  Speaking of France, we’ve added a short tour of that country, including Le Forum in Paris for the month of March. In addition, we’ve also tacked onto the end of our mammoth jaunt around Europe in January and February, 4 Italian dates, including Rome. Once again, please visit wishboneash.com/tourdates

For those of you who fancy an in-depth rock and roll read over the Christmas holidays, Amazon still has my biography Eyes Wide Open available. (find it on amazon.co.uk or amazon.com)

I wish to thank all of those who’ve already bought it and who have personally taken the time to pass on their feedback to me. It’s been a truly gratifying experience and if, like those old vinyl records, my book has sparked some personal memories for you of those glory days in the 70s, all the better. Our musical generation certainly was blessed in that regard and I’m very mindful of how important music can be as a backdrop to people’s lives, including my own, obviously. It absolutely heightens personal experiences.

Finally, all that remains is wish each and every one of you a wonderful Christmas season at home or on vacation with loved ones and we thank you sincerely for your continued support of Wishbone Ash and all this band has done over the last 45 years and continues to do. See you in Europe in 2016!

~ A.P.