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Shepherds Bush Empire, London 15 May 2010
times for followers of Wishbone Ash, what with original bassist and
vocalist Martin Turner having his version on the road as well lately,
but it is lead guitarist Andy Powell who rightly holds heir to the name
who has kept the name in the spotlight through thick and thin throughout
arrived at the Empire at 7.20pm only to discover that first band tonight
Panic Room were on stage at the early time of 7pm. By the
time i got through the doors I only caught the last five minutes of this
hotly tipped band who have been championed by GRTR!
still managed to catch the title track of their new album 'Satellite', a
great candle burner which features the delightful vocals of Anne-Marie
Helder, who would later appear with Mostly Autumn playing Keyboards and
seen Mostly Autumn once before and that was ten years ago
supporting (Ritchie) Blackmore's Night and found the band a little bit
twee (Or tree!) for my liking back then and had ignored them ever since.
Back at the
Empire, a venue where the band have headlined before, Mostly Autumn have
certainly branched out and blossomed into something new.
singer (Lucky) Heather Findley has recently departed the band, so it's
now time for Olivia Sparnenn to emerge from previously doing backing
vocals to take the spotlight at the front and mama mia she looked
abbadelicious. All eyes were on Sparnenn who with a slim model
body and long blond hair and thigh length boots kept the cider drinkers
with 'Fading Colours', the song reminded me of later day Rainbow which
featured joint vocals with guitarist Bryan Josh. My highlight was
'Questioning Eyes' a Breathing Space number for whom Sparnenn also sings
for, you could hear a pin drop during this song - mesmerizing the entire
audience. Ending with the Roger Waters territory of 'Heroes Never
Die' it won't be long before Mostly Autumn are headlining here yet
Ash are one of those bands I never tire of watching, with a massive
catalogue of songs to chose from, you can always be guaranteed hearing
something new for the first time.
with 'The Pilgrim' was a brave move that worked. 'Sometime World'
is one of my all time favourite tracks that had me singing along much to
the annoyance of those around me.
I must admit
that Martin Turner's vocals were missed on 'Peresphone', but still a joy
to hear. 'Lady Jay' from 'There's The Rub' was one of those new
treats, a song rarely performed live before.
We did get
to hear one brand new song that has recently been released as a
downloadable single. 'Reason To Believe' has all the right
ingredients for the Ash sound and is actually catchy on repeated
listens, but I don't think that Radio One will have to worry about
playing it in their Top 40 run-down anytime soon.
rises from the ashes at the end of the set, and shows us exactly why
Wishbone Ash have always been a force to be reckoned with.
running short we only got one encore in the shape of 'Blowin Free', a
song that was mocked by Danny Baker on his radio show for the opening
lines of ''I thought I had a girl, I know because I've seen her''. I
don't know what they're were on back in the seventies when they wrote
that, but a magical piece nevertheless.
mixture of the old and new. Andy Powell is still flying the V flag
for the faithful.
Mostly Autumn set list: Fading Colours /Caught In A Fold / Dark Before
Dawn / Answering The Questions / Questioning Eyes / Dreaming / Evergreen
/Heroes Never Die
Wishbone Ash set list: The Pilgrim / Driving A Wedge / Healing Ground /
Sometime World / The King Will Come / Peresphone / In Crisis / Lady Jay
/ Front Page News / Tales Of The Wise / Reason To Believe / Engine
Overheat / Jail Bait / Phoenix ..encore.. Blowin' Free
Photos by Noel
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