Earlier today the music world learned of the passing of the great John Wetton who is most famously known for his musical contributions with Progressive Rock legends King Crimson and the chart-topping Power Rock band Asia. He was 67 years of age and it would be colon cancer that would take him from us. The images that I have shared below come from an appearance at the venerated B.B. King Blues Club and Grill where Asia was performing. It was a fantastic show and John sounded in such good form and appeared to be in promising health after dealing with some publicly announced bouts with illness.
As is my usual case with these sort of posts, I keep it to personal recollection more than repeating the full artist history that is well noted on their Wikipedia entries and I must admit to you all that I never much followed King Crimson as a band when I was growing up. Back then I didn’t consider myself much of a “Prog” guy but I did enjoy the tunes by Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer that I heard because my parents enjoyed them. Well, my Dad as least did. Mom was more of a Renaissance listener and that was a very good education as well. That being said I remember when the Rock radio stations of the time began playing this monster of a tune with “Heat Of The Moment” by a band called Asia. It blew so many young Rock fans minds and everyone I knew had this on LP and kept our local record stores owners very happy. I bought mine at a long shuttered place called The Record Factory and I think I still have it somewhere. I tended to stop playing my vinyl after a couple of apartment moves and after the turntable died and never got replaced. The Asia self-titled debut was an amazing thing to listen to and I loved the incredible tone of Mr. Wetton on each and every track.
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Title: “Only Time Will Tell” (Live)
Label: Frontiers Records
Release Date: 1/27/2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Back in 2013, Progressive Hard Rock legends Asia performed in Bulgaria with the Plovdiv Opera Orchestra for their excited fans on that side of the world. The performance was captured on recording and video and will be released at the end of February on an album called “Symfonia: Live In Bulgaria 2013”. Yesterday, the Frontiers Records people in the press released the first single from the concert with the bands seminal hit “Only Time Will Tell”. Here are a few thoughts about it.
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Title: “British Live Performance Series”
Label: Rainman Records
Release Date: 6/24/2016
Genre: Progressive Rock
When I think of the band Asia the first thing that comes to mind for me is the level of juggernaut success that their self-titled debut album received back in 1982 when Steve Howe, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes all joined forces to deliver an album that would bring a very radio friendly Progressive Rock into the homes of music fans worldwide. Granted it was a very different sound from their original groups of Yes, ELP, King Crimson and The Buggles and it might had annoyed the more purist of the Progressive Rock faithful but there was no doubt that the band was an Arena Rock staple from the signature track “Heat Of The Moment”. This classic concert from 1990 delivers a band looking back on the previous decade with a smile as they deliver tracks from the debut along with “Alpha”, “Astra” and “Then And Now” which would be the final album that the original members worked on together until their reunion in 2006 some sixteen years later.
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The Details: Asia is in my opinion one of the first Rock supergroups or at least one of the first that I came to know about and was originally made up of four incredible Progressive Rock musicians such as Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, John Wetton and Geoff Downes for formed in 1981. The bands that these luminaries hailed from were Yes; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; King Crimson and The Buggles. Each an outstanding player in their own right and while one would have expected a level of Progressive Rock that broke all boundaries, the band instead gave us a solid Hard Rock and commercially viable album that first was given some public awareness based on the single “Heat Of The Moment”. A song that has remained a favorite of mine since I first heard it. I only followed the first few years of the band and they had numerous lineup changes until their 2006 reunion and I must admit that I have never ever seen them in concert before. With that all said it that makes me excited to announce that thanks to the fine folks in the venue Marketing team, that PiercingMetal will be letting some of their most ardent supporters into this show for free. Read on to learn how to get in on this one.
When and Where: Saturday, Sept. 20th at B.B. King Blues Club (237 West 42nd St. NYC)
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““I never meant to be so bad to you, one thing I said that I would never do. A look from you and I would fall from grace, and that would wipe the small right from my face……Do you remember when we used to dance? An incident arose from circumstance. One thing led to another we were young, and we would scream together songs unsung….it was the Heat of the Moment”…..Man did I love that song in my younger years and to this very day it is still one of my favorite tunes from Rock radios heyday. Well, at least during my own era’s heyday for Rock radio. Take a look at the press release.
The dragon has risen again. Iconic British rock band ASIA is about to embark on its 2014 Gravitas World Tour, incorporating visits to Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The band is taking to the road in support of its acclaimed new CD, Gravitas, introducing its newest member, guitarist Sam Coulson. “It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awakened with fresh energy, direction and purpose,” says Asia’s John Wetton, adding: “last summer, ASIA played live dates which opened in the UK, took in the massive Sweden Rock Festival, a European tour and a TV show in the glorious Roman Amphitheater, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with an orchestra. These were the first dates of the new chapter of ASIA.” “There is a great energy when we step on stage,” says keyboardist Geoff Downes. “We can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”
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