Ash play their first gig with Charlotte Hatherley in five years

Band kick off six-date 'Free All Angels' tour in Dublin

Ash play their first gig with Charlotte Hatherley in five years

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Ash played their first gig in more than five years with former guitarist Charlotte Hatherley as they kicked off their 'Free All Angels' anniversary tour in Dublin last night (October 18).

The Northern Irish band revisited their 2001 Number One album in its entirety at a sold-out show at The Academy, Dublin as part of a week-long tour that will visit Birmingham tomorrow (20) before travelling to Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and London.

Hatherley joined Ash in 1997 and recorded three albums with the band — including 'Free All Angels' — before her departure on amicable terms in January 2006.

Last night, a beaming Tim Wheeler announced "I'd like to re-introduce you to the fantastic Charlotte Hatherley", before launching into album opener 'Walking Barefoot'.

After regular set staples 'Shining Light' and 'Burn Baby Burn,' Wheeler commented: "So this is where it's going to get interesting. Lots of these songs we haven't played in 10 years," before playing 'Candy'.

They went on to give "a debut of sorts, 10 years on" to 'Someday,' "although Rick [McMurray – drummer] claims we played it once, which is open to debate", while Wheeler announced that 'Sometimes' was his "favourite" track on the album.

The 45-minute set ran through 'Free All Angels' in order as Wheeler admitted the first performance had been "nerve-wracking" before the band encored with a 'Best Of' set that included "songs we haven't played in years – since Charlotte left" such as 'Projects', 'Wildsurf' and 'Starcrossed'.

The band were also joined onstage by two-time Irish Air Guitar Champion, Deku Chan, for a riotous version of 'Lose Control'.

Ash played:

'Walking Barefoot'
'Shining Light'
'Burn Baby Burn'
'Cherry Bomb'
'Pacific Palisades'
'There's A Star'
'World Domination'
'A Life Less Ordinary'
'Oh Yeah'
'Warmer Than Fire'
'Lose Control'
'Kung Fu'
'Girl From Mars'

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