Wishbone Ash: The Phoenix Rising Tour feat. Argus Live

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 6:30pm
Event Time: 
May 17, 2022 - 7:30pm
$30 Advance, $45 Front of House Seating

Wishbone Ash performed to an enthusiastic crowd at the WOW Hall on March 10, 2020, less than a week before the venue closed for COVID.  Now the band is overjoyed to be heading back on the road after the longest gap in gigs since its founding in 1969!  They return to the WOW Hall on Tuesday, May 17.

Thankfully, before Covid-19 shut live music down around the world, we did manage to celebrate our 50th anniversary by touring Europe and the South and West Coast of America in support of our new album, ‘Coat of Arms,’” says founding member Andy Powell (guitar, lead vocals). “We are so very grateful and excited to get back on the road to be with and play for our fans. It truly feels like the Phoenix is Rising for us and for our World.”

Inspired equally by British folk traditions, American jazz and R&B, Wishbone Ash has played to public and critical acclaim. Celebrating 50 continuous years of touring - up until the pandemic - Wishbone Ash is the quintessential road band, having gained worldwide recognition based firmly on a regime of relentless touring and recording -- which has fed and grown their rabid following.

The constant of Wishbone Ash has been Andy Powell, voted into the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History (Traffic magazine1989) and the one of the Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time (Rolling Stone). Through the years, he has been featured in notable publications, including Guitar PlayerVintage Guitar and Guitarist, and has appeared at the Guitar Institute in Los Angeles. In 2015, he released his musical memoir, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior” (co-written with Colin Harper, Jawbone Press) which offers an inside track of five decades of life on the road and in the studio.

With Coat of Arms, their 25th studio album release (and their 100th unique release through their history), Wishbone Ash continues to prove they are not a band to rest in the past. Wishbone's third album, Argus (1972) -- named The Best British Album of the Year by Melody Maker and considered to be one of the all-time classic rock albums -- was released 50 years ago in 1972. Other outstanding vintage Ash includes Pilgrimage (1971), There’s the Rub (1974) and New England (1976), along their best-selling album, Live Dates, which sold more than 1 million copies. More recently, The Power of Eternity (2007), Elegant Stealth (2011) and Blue Horizon (2014) have each garnered praise from the pundits and fans alike. The latest musical project is Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years (Snapper Music), a 32-CD deluxe box set spanning the years 1969 to 1991, featuring a coffee table book, posters, floppy discs, rare photos and more.


Argus Live 50th!

For this special concert, Wishbone Ash will again perform their landmark album, “Argus” (1972), in its entirety. The band's third release, Argus is interwoven with medieval and spiritual imagery, featuring such classics as “The King Will Come”, “Throw Down the Sword” and “Blowin' Free” – all three are still staples of Wishbone Ash's regular concerts. It is on Argus that guitarists Andy Powell and Ted Turner perfected their melodic twin-lead style, which later influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden.

By all standards, Argus was an extraordinary achievement. In his memoir, Eyes Wide Open, Powell says, “In retrospect, nothing else we did would be quite so significant. … It turned out to be an album of powerfully if loosely connected themes: time passing, aspiration, conflict, good and evil.”

The album's iconic cover design is one of Hipgnosis' legendary works - a sentry surveying a misty landscape - encapsulating the title of the album, which was taken from Greek mythology's one-eyed watcher.

“There was this wonderful cinematic imagery of 'The Warrior' on the cover, the artwork bringing a visual dimension to the music within,” Powell says.

Released in April 1972, Argus reached No. 3 in the UK charts and was named “Best Album” in the Melody Maker's annual poll.  Argus is the quintessential Wishbone Ash recording, the holy grail of realizing the band's unique and complex vision, and sold more than one million copies worldwide for Decca/MCA. Remixed and remastered for the album's 30th in 2002, the reissue was one of the fastest sell-out printings in MCA history. Universal is reissuing the album for the second time, in a Collector's Edition in 2022.

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