“Live Dates Volume II….plus”
Featuring a full performance of the 1980-released
“Live Dates Volume II”
plus highlights from the original “Live Dates” (1973) album
Following the success of their 2023 tour, which featured Wishbone Ash’s 1973 Live Dates double live album performed in its entirety, Martin Turner and his band return to the concert stages in 2024 to perform its sequel, Live Dates Volume II.
Wishbone Ash was formed by West Country musicians Martin Turner and Steve Upton, who arrived in London in 1969 to embark on their musical journey. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert. The partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that would produce some of rock music's best loved works and influencing numerous successful bands, resulting in millions of album sales and concert attendances. Wishbone Ash would become one of the most enduring British rock acts - its name synonymous with high quality, guitar-driven melodic rock music.
Five decades later, the music of the classic line-ups of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of recorded work that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new. Classic album releases such as Wishbone Ash, Argus, Pilgrimage, Wishbone Four, There’s the Rub, New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone Ash sound and touched the hearts of several generations of music fans. As lead vocalist, bassist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production values being major ingredients in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound. Martin Turner continues to delight audiences with performances of the band’s best loved works with his current line-up, which features guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Sonny Flint.
In addition to performing Live Dates Volume II, Martin Turner’s 2024 tour will also feature highlights from the original 1973 Live Dates album.
Recorded between 1976-80 and featuring the Mk.2 Wishbone Ash line up of Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Andy Powell and Laurie Wisefield, Live Dates Volume II was released in 1980 and featured classic cuts such as “Living Proof”, “FUBB”, “The Way of the World”, “Lorelei” and “Persephone”.
The original Live Dates album, released in 1973, featured career defining tracks such as “The King Will Come”, “Warrior”, “Throw Down the Sword” and “Phoenix”.
Both Live Dates and Live Dates Volume II are amongst the most enduring and best-loved double live albums of the rock era. Martin Turner’s Live Dates Volume II…plus tour is an event that no Wishbone Ash aficionado will want to miss.