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Written by RogorMortis   
Friday, 21 March 2014
Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash Tour North America Spring 2014 In Support of New CD Release - Blue Horizon

Tour includes South and Western regions for the first time in years!

New London, CT - Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, returns to North America this Spring with brand new tunes from their upcoming release, Blue Horizon.

The group returns to these shores following last year’s annual tour through the the East, Midwest, Northwest and Western Canada, where they delighted fans with high-energy performances featuring a vast catalog spanning 45 continuous years of music-making.

The 2014 Spring tour has been nicknamed “The Blue Horizon Tour” to coincide with the March US release of Blue Horizon and celebrate the return of the band to areas not visited in many years.

“I thought, why not ring the bell to see if our fans in the South and Southwest would come out and join the party,” says bandleader and founding member Andy Powell.

The first leg of the tour begins April 15 in Florida and winds south and west before heading northward through the Pacific West Coast and Canada.

“We hope our long-lost fans will come check out what we’ve been doing, which has been continuously touring, recording and rehearsing,” said Powell. “The band has a fire in its belly, and we want to share that.”

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 10 live albums and four live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (“This is Wishbone Ash”). The band is led by founding member Andy Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finland’s guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, a 17-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.

“The band basically lives together year-round, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings,” says Powell.

Wishbone Ash’s new album, Blue Horizon (Solid Rockhouse Records), includes guest artist Pat McManus playing fiddle on two tracks. Fans will recall McManus made an appearance on 2011’s Elegant Stealth and also co-wrote one of the songs, “Can't Go It Alone,” with Andy Powell. Blue Horizon features two songs written by Aynsley Powell (Powell's son) and one by former Wishbone Ash guitarist Roger Filgate.

Elegant Stealth (ZYX Records) was enthusiastically received by fans and critics alike. Classic Rock Revisited’s Jeb Wright called it “One of the best albums in Wishbone Ash’s career.”

“This band is like a fine wine that just keeps getting better with age and this is one of their strongest studio releases in years,” said Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck of MuzikReviews.com.

“The songs are catchy, very technical, but there is a soul in what Wishbone Ash is doing!” said Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces of Rock.

Lynyrd Skynyrd cites Wishbone Ash as a primary influence on their style along with Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and, more recently, heavyweights like Opeth and some of the guitar-based Indie/Alternative bands. All have been transformed by the original, legendary twin-guitar approach of Wishbone Ash. There is no other rock band on the planet that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash.

Longtime fans and new converts will find that Wishbone Ash offers an undeniable concert experience.

    Apr 05    ARC EN CIEL    Lievin, France    
     Apr 09    3 Frontières    Bartenheim, France    
     Apr 10    Divan du Monde    Paris, France    
     Apr 11    SALLE DES FETES    Savigny Sur Orge, France    
     Apr 12    ATELIER DES MOLES    Montbeliard, France    
     Apr 15    Lou’s Blues    Indialantic, FL    
     Apr 16    The Plaza LIVE    Orlando, FL    
     Apr 17    Bamboo Room    Lake Worth, FL    
     Apr 18    Ringside Cafe    St Petersburg, FL    
     Apr 19    Variety Playhouse    Atlanta, GA    
     Apr 21    Rhythm & Brews    Chattanooga, TN    
     Apr 22    Neil’s Music Room    Memphis, TN    
     Apr 23    Duling Hall    Jackson, MS    
     Apr 24    The Ballroom at The Warehouse Live    Houston, TX    
     Apr 26    Poor David's Pub    Dallas, TX    
     Apr 27    The Roost    Austin, TX    
     May 01    Hard Rock Café on The Strip    Las Vegas, NV    
     May 03    Ramona Mainstage    Ramona, CA    
     May 04    Coach House    San Juan Capistrano, CA    
     May 08    Aladdin Theater    Portland, OR    
     May 09    Jazzbones    Tacoma, WA    
     May 11    Triple Door    Seattle, WA    
     Aug 10    Cambridge Rock Festival    Cambridge, United Kingdom    
     Oct 24    Tivoli Theatre    Wimborne, United Kingdom         
     Oct 25    The Wharf    Tavistock, United Kingdom         
     Oct 29    The Quarterhouse    Folkestone, United Kingdom    
     Oct 30    Public Halls    Harpenden, United Kingdom    
     Oct 31    The Picturedrome    Holmfirth, United Kingdom    
     Nov 06    The Brook    Southampton, United Kingdom         
     Nov 07    Martlets Hall    Burgess Hill, United Kingdom         
     Nov 08    Islington Assembly Hall    London, United Kingdom    
     Nov 09    King Edward VII Memorial Hall    Newmarket, United Kingdom         
     Nov 11    The Flowerpot    Derby, United Kingdom         
     Nov 13    The Ferry    Glasgow, United Kingdom         
     Nov 14    The Jam House    Edinburgh, United Kingdom    
     Nov 16    The Lemon Tree    Aberdeen, United Kingdom         
     Nov 18    Bootleggers    Kendal, United Kingdom         
     Nov 20    The Assembly    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom    
     Nov 21    The Corn Exchange    Bourne, United Kingdom         
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