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Wishbone Ash. Photo: Courtesy
Wishbone Ash. Photo: Courtesy

By Evan Da Silva

46-year rock veterans Wishbone Ash will be playing at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, April 23, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m.

Creators of 24 original studio recordings and 10 live albums, the group will be visiting Southern California on the first leg of their “Pilgrimage USA Tour,” named after one of their most beloved albums and their annual touring journey.

Formed in the United Kingdom in 1969, Wishbone Ash is led by founder Andy Powell on guitar and vocals, the Finnish Muddy Manninen, also on guitar, bass veteran Bob Skeat and Britain’s Joe Crabtree performing on drums.

Their newest album, “Blue Horizon,” has received positive reviews across the board and prompted the band to tour the southern and western United States, for the first time in years, last spring.

“I thought, why not ring the bell to see if our fans in the South and Southwest would come out and join the party,” said Powell.

Lynard Skynard, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and Opeth have all cited Wishbone Ash as influences on their musical styles, primarily due to Ash’s twin guitar style.

“This band is like fine wine that just keeps getting better with age…” said Keith Hannaleck of

The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Tickets are $20 and dinner reservations with priority seating are also available. For tickets or more information call 949.496.8930 or go to

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