Wishbone Ash Announce 2015 Tour Dates
Wishbone Ash are loading up their 2015 tour calendar with a lengthy run of dates that includes a number of stops in North America.
While some of the details are still being ironed out, a press release announcing the tour promises a date in Vancouver, British Columbia, followed by visits to Portland, Seattle, Oakland, San Juan Capistrano, Ramona, Phoenix, Austin and Dallas. The complete list of confirmed dates has been included below.
For founding member Andy Powell, the 2015 tour represents an opportunity to return to the U.S. after reacquainting the band with its American fans during their travels in support of their recent Live Dates release. "To play Texas and California out West, and Mississippi in the Deep South, for example, was really nice. You realize just how popular guitar-based rock is in these places. We aim to repeat the experience and build on it this year."
The title of this year's tour, "Pilgrimage," is a reference to the band's 1971 album as well as an apt description of its annual travels. "Each year when we tour countries on our world circuit, these visits feel like pilgrimages to all our old haunts," adds Powell. "We visit venues we've performed in multiple times over the years. We know the staff there, we often stay in the same hotels, visit the same restaurants, we see the same folks thousands of miles apart. The fans, of course, are the major component. We catch up on their stories and their lives."
These dates will find the band revisiting its catalog while looking toward the future: Their May 16 stop at the Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, London, will be recorded for an instant vinyl release, while they'll also record their three-day residency at Le Triton in Paris for an upcoming DVD.
Wishbone Ash 2015 Tour Dates
3/28 - Chauny, France
4/11 - Portland, Ore.
4/23 - San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
5/16 - London, United Kingdom (special event for live vinyl recording)
5/21 - Les Lilas, France
5/22 - Les Lilas, France
5/23 - Les Lilas, France
5/25 - Salon De Provence, France
5/26 - Lleida, Spain
5/27 - Madrid, Spain
5/28 - Barcelona, Spain
6/05 - Dornstadt, Germany
7/11 - Johannesburg, South Africa
7/12 - Pretoria, South Africa
7/15 - Johannesburg, South Africa
7/18 - Cape Town, South Africa
7/24 - Äänekoski, Finland
10/02 - Basingstoke, UK
10/03 - London, UK
10/16 - Holmfirth, UK
10/28 - Kendal, UK
10/30 - Edinburgh, UK
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