In December of 1996 I bought the movie “Rumble in the Bronx” on VHS. At the end of the movie was a video for “Kung Fu” by Ash. I was instantly hooked and spent many hours looking for anything and anything that they had put out. “1977” along with Nirvana’s “Nevermind” have had the most impact on my life. “Nevermind” opened me up to a lot of music that I had not been listening to and made me start paying attention to bands that were not being played on the radio.
With “1977” I joined message boards and groups and became friends with people all over the world who introduced me to new music and movies. I have maintained these friendships over the course of the past fourteen years. So as soon as I heard that Ash was going to be doing a 20th anniversary tour of “1977” I just knew that I was going to have to make it to one of the shows if they toured the states.
From the opening sounds of a TIE Fighter in “Lose Control” to fans singing along to fan favorites “Goldfinger” and “Girl From Mars” I knew it was going to be a great night. The set was shorter than a lot of the other shows on the tour, due to curfew, but the overall set was great. After the band was done with 1977 they played their first single “Jack Names the Planets” along with a b-side “Sneaker (was on the Goldfinger single). The band closed the set with an ABBA cover “Does Your Mother Know” and fan favorite “A Life Less Ordinary”. The band topped the night off with a four song encore and Tim Wheeler saying that they hoped to be back next year with a new album.
Local Chicago band The Evening Attraction opened the night.
Lighting for the show was a bit rough. Between harsh reds and fog it was a tough shoot.
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon 50mm 1.8