May 29, 2001


Tony Ashton the gravel-voiced and extremely charming bar piano player, whom many know for his parts in ASHTON, GARDNER & DYKE, PACE, ASHTON & LORD, Roger Glover’s “Butterfly Ball” and other projects, passed away on May 28, aged 55. Tony was diagnosed with cancer and struggled as hard as he could with support from his heavy friends. He’ll be sadly missed and nobody, for sure, will feel “together again” without him.

Rest in peace, dear friend.


As it was reported earlier, THE HENSLEY-LAWTON BAND stopped their glorious existance. All the tour obligations are to be fulfilled now either by John Lawton‘s band, or Ken Hensley‘s.

At the moment, Ken returned to the USA to continue working on his forthcoming “Running Blind” CD, which has to be out in July, and formed KEN HENSLEY BAND. The band’s first gig is to be at Liscombe Park, prior to the appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8th.

The band includes guitarist David Kilminster, formerly of John Wetton‘s touring band and QANGO, bass man Andy Pyle, who worked for 10 years with Gary Moore, recently was in WISHBONE ASH and toured USA with URIAH HEEP in 1972-73, and, on the drums, Dave Wagstaffe of LANDMARQ.

May 29, 2001

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