Friday, August 5, 2016

Wishbone Ash’s ‘Take It Back’ North American Tour

Wishbone Ash 2016

Classic rock legends Wishbone Ash will be launching a new “British Invasion” with their upcoming ‘Take It Back’ North American tour in September 2016. The band is celebrating its 47th anniversary since forming in England in 1969, and these performances will provide a musical journey that spans the band’s 1970s and ‘80s-era albums as well as including songs from more recent recordings.

“We'd like to mix it up a little,” says Wishbone Ash founding member Andy Powell in a press release for the tour. “Perhaps include a different epic instrumental, dust off a couple of the old harmony-driven songs, feature an unexpected track from our latest album, Blue Horizon.”

Since releasing its self-titled debut album in 1970, Wishbone Ash has built a catalog of unusually high quality music, including albums like 1971’s Pilgrimage, 1972’s Argus, 1976’s New England, and 1978’s No Smoke Without Fire – a total of nine studio albums during the ‘70s, another six during the ‘80s, two dozen altogether – a slate of acclaimed works that continued with 2011’s Elegant Stealth and 2014’s Blue Horizon. The current roster includes singer, songwriter, and guitarist Powell, Finnish six-string wizard Muddy Manninen, bassist Bob Skeat, and drummer Joe Crabtree; these four musicians have been together since 2007, making it the longest-lasting incarnation of the band.    

Wishbone Ash's Blue Horizon
Wishbone Ash’s trademark sound is based on the band’s melodic twin lead guitars, which have influenced bands as diverse as Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among many others. Over close to a half-century, the band has dabbled in folk, blues, jazz, and electronica along with the landmark rock ‘n’ roll sound they created during their early years. Touring constantly and logging 30,000 miles annually, the band has forged a strong bond with its loyal fans.

“We laid down strong musical roots in the '70s, and these roots continue to prove productive,” Powell says. “Also, we nurtured our fan base as much as possible through fan club conventions, newsletters and the like; but this was all given a great boost once the digital age came into being, with websites and social media.”

Check out Wishbone Ash’s September tour dates below. Buy a copy of their most recent album through Wishbone Ash’s Blue Horizon

Related Content: Andy Powell's Eyes Wide Open book review

Wishbone Ash's “Take It Back” North American Tour 2016
 Sept 8 @ Soiled Dove, Denver CO
Sept 9 @ Stargazers, Colorado Springs CO
Sept 10 @ Knuckleheads, Kansas City MO
Sept 12 @ Pabst Theatre – Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Sept 13 @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis MN
Sept 16 @ Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville IL
Sept 17 @ Arcada Theatre, St. Charles IL
Sept 18 @ Callahan’s, Auburn Hills MI   
Sept 19 @ C2G Music Hall, Fort Wayne IN
Sept 20 @ Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA
Sept 21 @ Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo NY
Sept 22 @ The Upper Room, Albany NY
Sept 23 @ Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe PA
Sept 24 @ Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT
Sept 25 @ Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry NH
Sept 26 @ Ram's Head, Annapolis MD
Sept 27 @ Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA
Sept 28 @ Highline Ballroom, New York NY
Sept 29 @ Daryl's House Club, Pawling NY

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