Both Asias hitting the road for the 40th

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

  1. nicotinecaffeine

    nicotinecaffeine Forum Resident

    Walton, KY

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  2. hurple

    hurple Forum Resident

    Clinton, IL, USA
    Seriously? o_O
  3. Ray Blend

    Ray Blend ‎I can't afford to not record

    ‎The Midwest
    We truly are living in a golden era. What a great time to be alive!
  4. plextor

    plextor Forum Resident

    I know Asia is kind of a best of band with various lineups but without Wetton AND Steve Howe it just feels cheap. Wetton was such a great singer.
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  5. I love the original lineup, but Payne's Asia deserves some respect. This one (Arena) gets my vote as the best of the Payne years:
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  6. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    2 asia's

    2 yes's

    2 trans siberian orchestra's

    what's next.
  7. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Two Barclay James Harvests? :D
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  8. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Agreed. Excellent album. I like them all well enough though.
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  9. I'm still trying to find a reasonably priced Aura CD -not easy! That's another favorite, but yes, each has something to offer worth hearing.
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  10. bRETT

    bRETT Senior Member

    Boston MA
    In their defense I will say that this is the first Asia lineup, since the original and the Greg Lake era, that satisfies the original concept of being a prog supergroup where all four members have a notable history in the prog world. I'll include Bonilla there based on his excellent work on the Fallen Angels tour.

    The Payne band, to my mind, doesn't even count. They had virtually no profile since Downe's departure, before turning up on this tour. I'm sure Payne is a nice guy and all, and I kinda liked his album of prog covers, but...
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  11. How about two Queensryches? Two Ratts?
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  12. Aura and Arena were probably best of that era. I also like a lot of Aqua. Kind of activity DISLIKE Aria. That was a major disappointment. I don't really have a problem with Payne's songs. He could be solid in that area, but the sheer sound and tone of his voice? Really difficult to take. It's as if John Cafferty or Bruce Springsteen were singing lead for Asia, and that's just not a fit. Those kinds of lush songs require a warmer vocal.
  13. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Follower of Hi-Fi

    New Mexico USA
    A third touring lineup called Both Asias would be awesome!
  14. Always interesting to me that there is virtually NO TRACE of any Asian music influence in the music of Asia.
  15. I agree regarding both Aria and Payne's voice fitting the music. Its notable that on Arena and Aura he changes his singing approach on some songs and the results work better. Aqua does indeed have some nice songs mix in with some more generic material (well recorded too!).
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  16. JakeKlas

    JakeKlas Impatiently waiting for an 8-track revival

    United States
    I think we have two Great Whites... one with “Jack Russell” tagged on the front.

    I could easily see multiple Kiss lineups when Gene/Paul retire. Kind of like a franchise you buy into where you own a territory. At that point, it’s simply an entertainment venture like the circus where the actual members don’t really matter.

    And I’d never put it past Sharon to create two Ozzy line-ups. Ozzy would be in the main group hitting the big markets while his hologram would tour secondary markets. Hologram Dio could open.
  17. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    I'm sure there are traces of traditional Russian sprinkled in there somewhere.
  18. nicotinecaffeine

    nicotinecaffeine Forum Resident

    Walton, KY
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  19. paradox55

    paradox55 Forum Resident

    Count me in for either version as I’m desperate for some live music. Bring on the tour dates!
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  20. The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man Forum Resident

    Thanks for posting this. A few days ago my wife and I were looking through photos from her old job.
    One of them was a Reprise artist sitting at her desk eating her homemade vegetarian chili (which is absolutely
    kick-ass, btw) and we couldn’t remember who it was. And then this thread popped up.
    It was Marc Bonilla.
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  21. jupiter8

    jupiter8 Forum Resident

    NJ, USA
    Did Asia ever put out a release called “Acura”?
  22. nicotinecaffeine

    nicotinecaffeine Forum Resident

    Walton, KY
    No. That's planned after Asphyxia.
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  23. The Dark Elf

    The Dark Elf Curmudgeonly Wordwraith

    So, I guess there will be My Asia and Eurasia.
  24. ytserush

    ytserush Forum Resident

    Northeast US

    That's only Payne Asia album I own and it's not because of him.
  25. Leugi

    Leugi Forum Resident

    totally agree! Astra is pretty darn good but nobody liked it but me! Always been a mystery to me what happened
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