On Saturday 13 March 2010 Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash played a specially extended set at Leicester's Y Theatre. A packed venue was treated to nearly two and a half hours of classic Wishbone Ash music featuring the full Life Begins tour set together with the added bonus of a full performance of Argus. Cameras rolled to capture material for the forthcoming DVD.
Set list was as follows:
Set 1: Time and Space; Vas Dis; Ballad of the Beacon; Rock n Roll Widow; Sorrel; Everybody Needs a Friend; Phoenix
Set 2: Lost Cause in Paradise; Errors of my Way; Ships in the Sky; You See Red; Time Was; Sometime World; The King Will Come; Leaf and Stream; Warrior; Throw Down The Sword; Blowin' Free
Encore: Living Proof; Jailbait
This special event was also the venue for the presentation to Cancer Research UK of a cheque for funds raised to date, through the various online auctions as well as the sales of Amy Bannister's CD recording of "Throw Down The Sword", which had kick started this project. Amy joined MTWA onstage to play this song during the afternoon soundcheck.
Winners of our Leicester bundle auction Mike Eastwood (with his guest Rob Warburton) was also given VIP access during the concert and soundcheck and presented with various prizes including signed memorabilia plus passes to attend a future recording session with MTWA.
Through the various initiatives, a total of £1861 has been raised for Cancer Research UK to date.
This is a great achievment that has delighted everyone involved. However, we do not want it to stop there. In order to raise as much money as possible, we are now extending the deadline for our High Voltage VIP auction to 27 June 2010.
The High Voltage festival is the pre-eminent event on this year's festival calendar with MTWA appearing alongside some of the biggest acts in the rock world - ELP (making a one-off reunion appearance), ZZ Top, Asia, Foreigner, Mott The Hoople, Uriah Heep, Focus, Heaven and Hell, Marillion, Gary Moore, Magnum, UFO, Bachman-Turner, Joe Bonamassa, Argent, Transatlantic and many more.
The VIP tickets on their own have a face value of £580, but as we can offer backstage passes and meet and greets with some of the bands, the level of access we are providing simply cannot be bought on the open market. Special thanks to Classic Rock and Mean Fiddler for supplying this prize. In addition, our High Voltage bundle also includes an invitation to join MTWA in the studio at a future recording session.
Thanks to all who have made this fund-raising project so successful to date.