This is the third and final time the East Coast/Midwest U.S. tour leg has been scheduled - and it is happily happening 23 February thru 27 March of 2022. Needless to say, the Band and the Fans are overjoyed to get back together and jam! The third time's a charm, as the saying goes.
“Thankfully, before Covid-19 shut live music down around the world, we did manage to celebrate our 50th anniversary by touring Europe and other territories in support of our new album, Coat of Arms," says Andy Powell. "The USA Midwest and East Coast was not quite so lucky, missing out on the party. So we’ll be resuming the celebration under the banner “Late to the Party” for our friends and fans who missed out due to the pandemic.”
This is the longest gap in gigs for the band since the founding in 1969. For example in just the last few years in addition to the U.S.A. and Canada, countries like Germany and France have been visited in Europe, the UK of course, plus Japan and South Africa. Each year, approximately 30,000 actual road miles are racked up, plus countless flights taking the band’s special brand of twin lead guitar based rock around the planet.
“Everyone by now knows that Wishbone Ash is one of the hardest working bands in rock today and so it really was a major blow, to be wrenched out of our comfort zone - being on tour. A lot of personal, financial and physical adjustment was needed in taking this forced hiatus, for all of us, but we kept ourselves busy. I've been working my gear and working on songs. I also started my online patreon.com/andypowell site where I dispense road stories, guitar tips and songwriting insights. This kind of thing has kept us focused and creative individually, but there’s nothing quite like a life on the road, especially if you’ve been living that way for 50 years!”
Their last concert was at the Triple Door in Seattle on Friday the 13th of 2020. The band was quite lucky to stay unscathed after two local performances and air travel from the American city where the pandemic began.
Inspired equally by British folk traditions, American jazz and R&B, the group played to public and critical acclaim. Celebrating 50 continuous years of touring - up until the pandemic, Wishbone Ash, the quintessential road band, has gained worldwide recognition, based firmly on a regime of relentless touring and recording which has fed and grown their rabid following.