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.

Live In Paris DVD

Thanks for visiting. The band is currently on the road so sales of the US DVD are currently on hold. This page will be updated when they’re available again.

If you live in the U.S. and you’re interested in buying a copy, please send an email with the subject “I want a DVD” to wishboneblog@gmail.com and we’ll let you know as soon as some are available.


Wishbone Ash - Live In Paris was filmed over 3 days at Le Triton in Paris and represents an intimate live show with the band.

The setlist was tailored to include lots of songs (new and old) that have never appeared on DVD before.


The full track listing is:

The Power
Blue Horizon
Way Down South
Warrior
Throw Down The Sword
Heavy Weather
Lifeline
Surface To Air
The Pilgrim
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Invisible Thread
Number The Brave
Lady Whiskey
Disappearing
Front Page News
In Crisis
Open Road
The King Will Come
Persephone
Leaf And Stream

Road Works Box Set

Now available on the webstore is the brand new Road Works 4CD box set.

All 4 volumes of live recordings from the past 5 years of touring in one package complete with detailed liner notes.

Click Here to get yours now

Tour Wrap

“Eee’s done!” In the immortal and traditional french - accented words of our sound man Daniel Vetter. 53 tour dates in all - one continuous set of shows - mostly 6 days on and one off each week in three countries - the USA, Canada and UK over a period of 2 months. Quite something to undertake. Wishbone Ash used to do this kind of thing when I was in my twenties but then we had tour managers, drivers and a full crew. In my sixties it’s another thing, but quite doable, driving included, if you are organized. And believe me, this unit is. With all the logistics mapped out in military precision, I must thank our agents Steve Ozark and Andy Nye for this. I often think that intelligence is the ability to predict the future based on incoming data, and if that’s remotely the case, then these two guys really have it down, when working out what is actually doable in the realms of the sheer human physical ability needed for the intense touring Wishbone Ash does. I can’t think of any other band that is able to do it quite the way we do. Perhaps it might scare them off if they even attempted it!

The shows seemed to benefit from it all, as evinced by the crisp presentation of material old and new for all the audiences we played to. We particularly enjoyed Edwardsville and some of the shows in the US Midwest. In the UK, we had a blast in Scotland with the Brian Rawson band opening (loved 'em) as well as some stand-out southern England dates where the Doris Brendell Band supported us excellently on certain shows, making for a real value for money experience. Next stop, mainland Europe with our annual pilgrimage to Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and last but by no means least, Germany, where our following remains so loyal.

It was great to receive the new Roadworks box set mid way through the tour and also I should let you know that before we said our goodbyes to each other, we each signed 50 copies of the vinyl version of Blue Horizon for Guy Roberts to handle by those wishing to order this item through the online store. On the subject of vinyl, we have just a handful of the Live at Metropolis Studios LPs left for anyone who was not able to pick one up on tour. Once they’re gone, that’s it, they’re gone. On a personal note, it was a humble thrill and pleasure to sign copies of my biography, Eyes Wide Open each night. Thank you to all of you who bought a copy and gave me such wonderful feedback on its contents. Many of you have been along for the ride with me, and that means so much.

Finally, while writing this blog/newsletter, I’ve been watching news of the Paris tragedy as it unfolds on TV and the internet, along with all of you, I’m sure. I fired off quick emails last night to make sure none of our French friends were directly impacted. They were all o.k. I know the Le Bataclan music venue and I also know one of the guys in the Eagles of Death Metal that played there. That particular event amongst all of it, brought home the enormity of what has gone down. Naturally, I speak for all Ash fans of our solidarity with Paris and France in this time of need. Our sincere condolences to the families of the dead and prayers for the injured. Live music will be impacted by this, I’m sure, for the foreseeable future, but we’ll not change our approach to it since our music knows no borders or ideology. I read a quote from Bono that sums up the current impact after his band U2 cancelled their scheduled show in Paris. He said. "If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we've had in this so-called War on Terror or whatever it's called.” That did make me think.

Love ~ A.P.

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