Posted by Lando on 21st Mar 2017
Released on March 18, 1982, amidst a plethora of synthesizer heavy new wave music populating the pop music charts, supergroup Asia proved that guitar driven prog rock wasn't a dead format from the 1970s, with their debut studio album. Comprised of ex-King Crimson member, John Wetton, along with keyboardist Geoff Downes, from The Buggles and Yes, as well as Yes guitarist Steve Howe and ex-ELP drummer, Carl Palmer, Asia charted at No.4 and No. 17, respectively, with their hits Heat of the Moment and Only Time Will Tell.
While success and fame came fast and furious, following the release of their debut album, it was short lived. Their follow up, Alpha, although reaching platinum, wasn't seen as a success, and the band, even though it was full of established professional musicians, wasn't immune to the issues that plague and force the demise or band member revolvement of so many groups, including Yes and ELP, in particular internal creative and personal arguments. Although, Asia existed in skeleton form, it wasn't until 2006 that the original four members reunited and toured.
Unfortunately, John Wetton passed away earlier this year, on January 31, from colon cancer.
Former KISS drummer, Peter Criss, will say good-bye after appearing at two upcoming KISS conventions happening in May and June. The first one is the Kiss Konvention Australia which is taking place May 12-14, in Victoria, Australia. According to Peter’s website, this will be “…his final live performance in Australia.” The second convention will be the New York Kiss Expo, June 9-11.Peter [...]
Boston are hitting the road on April 14, 2017 for their summer, Hyper Space Tour, which will find the classic rock band performing their famous hits along with tracks from their most recent studio efforts. The tour, which recently added 20 additional dates, also added a new opener, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Said Boston's Tom [...]
Yes singer, Jon Anderson, has officially confirmed that he will rejoin his former Yes band mates to perform at April's induction ceremony for the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Filling in for Yes' co-founder and former bassist, Chris Squire, who passed away in 2015, is Yes advocate, Gedde Lee of Rush. Gedde was already [...]
Daryl Hall and John Oates will co-headline a summer tour with Tears for Fears. The shows begin on May 4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the BOK Center and end on July 28, at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Said singer/songwriter Daryl Hall, "I am very excited to be touring with Tears for Fears. Their music has a timeless quality [...]
Acclaimed musician, David Byrne, just launched a new virtual reality science project, titled Neurosociety. The exhibit is currently housed at the Pace Art + Technology gallery building in Menlo Park, CA. When visiting Neurosociety, the visitor puts on a virtual reality headset and experiences a room from the perspective of a doll. To accomplish this project, [...]
Tom Petty and Steve Miller have been tapped, along with String Cheese Incident, to headline the upcoming Mountain Jam 2017. Other artists appearing include Peter Frampton, The Head and the Heart, Matisyahu and 25 or so other bands and artists. The Mountain Jam festival takes place June 16-18 at Hunter Mountain, in Hunter NY. The complete list [...]
As you may have heard, U2 are going on tour this summer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree. Each show will be devoted to performing the album in full. This is the first time many of these songs have been performed, by U2, in years. Both Bono and The Edge feel the topics approached [...]
Although not officially confirmed by him, there is talk that Foreigner's former lead singer, Lou Gramm, will join his former band as lead vocalist on a few of Foreinger's upcoming concerts they'll be performing as part of their 40th anniversary tour. Those specific shows also haven't yet been announced. Opening for Foreigner will be Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led [...]
In case you haven't heard yet, today (October 18, 2016) the official list of nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction was announced. The list includes a number of newly eligible classic and alternative rock bands, hip-hop artists, and pop music stars, along with some carry overs of nominees from years [...]
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