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An Ashdown update from U2's Elevation tour

May 29th 2001

With the North American leg of U2's massive Elevation tour now past the halfway point, reports from the road suggest that Adam Clayton's mighty Ashdown bass rig continues to shake the continent with consummate ease, performing faultlessly night after night.

"I spoke with Adam's Bass Tech Stuart Morgan just before the sell out show at Toronto's Air Canada Center" reports Ashdown main-man Mark Gooday. "He told me that Adam is delighted with the rig and that discovering Ashdown was like the end of a lifelong search - 'real bass amplification' he calls it."

Mark originally sent a range of Ashdown heads, cabinets and combos to Dublin for auditioning prior to the recording of the 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' album. Suitably impressed, Adam chose an ABM C410H-500 combo to use in the studio and, when the time came to go on the road, Mark suggested that he should try the custom rig originally designed by Ashdown for bass legend John Entwistle".

"I asked John if Adam could try his rig and he was happy to oblige," says Mark. "We sent it over to Ireland for rehearsals and Adam loved it. So we made an exact replica and swapped it out after U2's gig at the London Astoria. I think it was the only way John was going to get his gear back!"

The Entwistle/Clayton touring rig comprises of an Ashdown RPM-1 preamp, two PM1000 Power Magnifiers, a pair of ABM212 cabinets and a pair of ABM115 bins. Not surprisingly, interest from bass players around the world has been considerable, leading to Ashdown making all four items available from their standard catalogue.

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