Both Asias hitting the road for the 40th

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by gojikranz, Feb 8, 2022.

  1. zen

    zen Senior Member

    That's probably wrong. I think the actual reason was a lack of new material between Alpha and Astra. Most of 1984 and 1985 was void of new Asia music.
    You can't wear out your welcome if you aren't there.
     
  2. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

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    However, if first Asia were to hook up with Freda Payne, I'd consider it.
     
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  3. tinnox

    tinnox Senior Member

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    Agreed :righton:
     
  4. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

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    Would be great to have Bev Bevan's Black Sabbath to open for Bev Bevan's Move.
     
  5. blastfurniss

    blastfurniss Forum Resident

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    At least the set list would be more diverse than the reunion tours with Ozzy. Toss in Tony Martin on vocals and they’ll plays to tens of people.
     
  6. Mooglander

    Mooglander Forum Resident

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    Not sure I agree with that. Asia benefitted greatly from MTV with Asia and Alpha. Either the landscape gets blamed, the management/label gets blamed, or everyone gets blamed. Personally, I don't think Astra is a weak album. "Go," "Rock and Roll Dream," "Voice of America," "Countdown to Zero" and "After the War" had plenty of firepower. That leads us to conclude the album either wasn't fluffy enough or it sounded dated (which I don't agree with) compared to the other bands' as far as listeners went.
     
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  7. Mooglander

    Mooglander Forum Resident

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    Yes!

    I'm sure Glenn Hughes would be up for it. Then you can count on dozens.
     
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  8. blastfurniss

    blastfurniss Forum Resident

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    The Downes/Payne version played a free show at a nearly abandoned outdoor shopping center in Columbus and they drew less interest than a water fountain.
     
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  9. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

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    Asian knock-offs.
     
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  10. blastfurniss

    blastfurniss Forum Resident

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    Asia in Asia had to have damaged the band’s relationship with MTV. That show was a heavily promoted event and you end up with Greg Lake who couldn’t have looked more disinterested than if he had stumbled into an Asia featuring John Payne gig.
     
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  11. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    yup, but people will still go see the name...
     
  12. Mooglander

    Mooglander Forum Resident

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    That could've gotten them another lease, no doubt. But it might've worked against them, e.g., "Make Rock Not War" and "Beat 'Em Up" on Blue Öyster Cult's Club Ninja.

    Mandy would've brought more energy and crunch. Cobra's First Strike is evidence.
     
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  13. Mooglander

    Mooglander Forum Resident

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    To be fair, Greg was doing them a favor. He had next to no time to prep after John walked. He did what he could, which was sing and play bass and crack some smiles.
     
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  14. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    I am cool enough to own both songs
    "Gypsy Soul" and "Different Worlds"
    on their original CD releases.
     
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  15. apple-richard

    apple-richard Overnight Sensation

    And have Bev Bevan's ELO close the show.
     
  16. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    None of that stops the music from being worth a listen.
     
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  17. bRETT

    bRETT Senior Member

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    Shoot, I’d go for Carl Palmer.
     
  18. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    For me, Astra is third best of the first three albums but I still love it dearly. Full of great songs, I reckon.
     
  19. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    The only person to play a drum solo I've actually enjoyed. What a showman!
     
  20. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Uh huh...but it still sucks when bands break apart whether natural or unnatural.
     
  21. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    Great band, Cobra.
     
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  22. JakeKlas

    JakeKlas Impatiently waiting for an 8-track revival

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    We went the VIP route for an Asia concert some years ago. Not only was Palmer the nicest guy in the world during the Meet & Greet, but what I remember most about the show was the drum solo.

    Not to say the rest of the show didn’t have value or wasn’t interesting, but we were in the 5th row, center and his solo grabbed our attention which is not something I say a lot for drum solos.
     
  23. intv7

    intv7 Senior Member

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    No, you're right -- it speaks nothing for whether the music is any good -- but I have to wonder why they'd bother touring the US.
     
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  24. walrus

    walrus Senior Member

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    Payne is based out of Vegas. I’m sure the rotating cast of characters in his band are all US-based as well, so there’s that. Probably not enough interest/money for Euro dates. They don’t really “tour” per se anyways, just random dates here and there.
     
  25. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

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    You can't have one Asia without John Wetton, much less two.
     
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