When the lights go up, the hum of the endless road is lost to the unmistakable strains of those twin-lead guitars and the cheers of the crowd, symbiotic exchanges between band and audience that spark each and every night and make everything worthwhile. Life on the road has seduced Andy Powell and WISHBONE ASH for 38 years. During the next six months, the band will tour intensely to promote two new releases: "The Power of Eternity", a studio recording featuring the current lineup; and a DVD and double-live CD soundtrack, "Wishbone Ash Live in Hamburg", recorded this year at Germany's famed club, The Fabrik.
Dubbed the "Eternity Tour", it will bring the band to many familiar stomping grounds in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. More than 100 dates are scheduled, providing plenty of opportunities to catch the latest incarnation of WISHBONE ASH, which adds drummer Joe Crabtree to the established lineup of twin axemen Andy Powell and Muddy Manninen and bassist Bob Skeat.
Beginning in October, the Eternity Tour will deliver performances chock-full of current and future classics, including tracks from "The Power of Eternity", to be released on Talking Elephant Records on October 4 and worldwide through Sanctuary Records on November 13.
WISHBONE ASH "Live in Hamburg" is the band's ultimate video performance to date. The DVD clocks in at more than two hours of concert performance, plus an extensive interview with founding member Andy Powell joined by Muddy Manninen. Come November 3, the annual WISHBONE ASH U.K. fan convention will be held in Chesterfield, once again giving fans a unique chance to interact with the band and each other while enjoying great live music.
Formed in October 1969, WISHBONE ASH was gigging by 1970. The band garnered notice in the early days for a unique blend of blues, jazz and English folk. But it was the way the guitars played melodic leads together that would become WISHBONE ASH's trademark, inspiring such bands as THIN LIZZY and IRON MAIDEN. Throughout the years, many notable musicians have contributed their talents to the band, including ASIA's John Wetton, Trevor Bolder from David Bowie's SPIDERS FROM MARS and URIAH HEEP, and Laurie Wisefield, who would later play guitar for Joe Cocker and Tina Turner.
WISHBONE ASH has released nearly 40 albums and six DVDs, performed on five continents, and received worldwide acclaim. The band regularly plays more than 150 shows a year, delivering the goods to an ever-growing number of appreciative fans of all ages.