A GUITARIST from Ashby School was just 16 when he kicked off 2013 in true rock star fashion, with a six-week tour of the States.
Ali Clinton took to the road playing second guitar for Uli Jon Roth, a former member of rock band The Scorpions, on a string of dates across North America.
The Sixth Former earned his place on the tour following a rigorous audition, for which he learned the 15-song set in just four days.
The now-17-year-old, who has been playing guitar since the age of seven and wants to pursue rock music as a career, said: “Uli was a bit sceptical about auditioning me because of my age but he must have liked what he heard.
“I had a Maths exam on the same day as the audition which wasn’t ideal but both seemed to go ok. I got the gig and I got into the Sixth Form.”
Ali spent the six weeks living and sleeping on a tour bus with a group of experienced session musicians. The tour took Ali to cities across America including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Detroit and New York.
His own band – Broth3r – which he formed with fellow students Aidan and Owen Blythe, will be supporting Uli John Roth on his UK tour this year.