After a three year absence, British super-group ASIA has announced it will embark on a lengthy US tour as the special guests of Journey. The band is delighted to have received this special invitation from such esteemed musical friends.
“Asia is honoured to be asked to share the stage with Journey,” says ASIA’s lead singer and bassist John Wetton. “On a personal note, this couldn’t have come at a better time for me; I look forward to seeing everyone on the tour next year”.
“The idea of ASIA and Journey making music on a tour together is a natural progression from a time when both groups were enjoying widespread airplay on radio and MTV,” says legendary drummer Carl Palmer. “These two bands have a creative history and an affinity. We shared the iconic producer, Mike Stone, back in the days when we both regularly inhabited the Billboard charts.”
ASIA keyboard-wizard Geoff Downes adds: “I’m thrilled that ASIA has been given this extraordinary opportunity to make music on the same stage as Journey. These will be memorable evenings on so many levels”.
ASIA is rounded off by young virtuoso Sam Coulson, who joined the band in January 2013, replacing founding member Steve Howe.
ASIA’s self-titled debut album exploded onto the music scene in April, 1982, with several Top 10 singles. It topped the Billboard album charts for 9 weeks and became the best-selling album in the world in 1982. ASIA was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles; and became one of the most played acts during the first year of MTV. The band reformed in 2006, and has remained together ever since.
An Extraordinary Life Continues….
Journey with special guests ASIA
More dates will be announced at a later time.
Wed March 15 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley SunDome
Thu March 16 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
Sat March 18 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
Mon March 20 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
Tues March 21 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Fri March 24 Fargo, ND Fargodome
Mon March 27 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
Tues March 28 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
Fri March 31 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Sat April 1 Evansville, IN Ford Center
Mon April 3 Moline, IL Mark of The Quad
Tues April 4 Dayton, OH Nutter Center
“One Size Fits All” Show Set for January 7, 2017 at the Historic Empress Theatre in Vallejo, California
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 2 at 10 AM
Two Bay Area superstar bands, MR. BIG and Y&T’s Dave Meniketti, and friends will appear in a special live performance and all-star jam on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the historic Empress Theater in Vallejo, California. The show, dubbed “One Size Fits All,” is a musical celebration of the life and music of Bay Area recording and live engineer Tom Size, who succumbed to melanoma on October 30, 2016. Both bands had a long-standing professional and personal relationship with Tom. The concert will also feature an all-star jam, including Ross Valory of Journey.
Organized by Tom’s long-time friends Valory and Bob Madsen of 41POINT9, the evening will also include a live auction featuring guitars autographed by JOURNEY, Mr.Big and Y&T, collectible photos by John Popplewell, rare art created by JOURNEY’s Steve Smith, autographed Journey drum heads, and more. Proceeds of the concert will benefit the Size family to pay the huge medical bills incurred during Tom’s treatment.
MR. BIG (Eric Martin, lead vocals, Paul Gilbert, guitar, Billy Sheehan, bass guitar and Pat Torpey, drums),released their self-titled debut album in 1989, and rose to international super stardom. They have earned 3 platinum albums and their smash hit “To Be With You”, spent 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. MR. BIG has released 8 albums to date, including 2014’s, “The Stories We Could Tell”. The original MR. BIG lineup will be performing at the Empress.
Dave Meniketti (guitar) is an original Y&T member, and like Y&T, was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Dave has been critically acclaimed by the media and musicians alike. Lars Ulrich (Metallica) credited Y&T as the reason he wanted to become a musician.
Tom Size’s professional career began in the early 1970’s at the Music Annex in Palo and Fantasy Studios in Berkeley before going independent. He oversaw the engineering for superstar artists such as David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, the Steve Miller Band, Journey, Mr. Big, Y&T and Enchant. Tom also handled touring sound duties for bands such as Aerosmith, Mr. Big and Y&T to name just a few. Even after becoming ill in 2016, he continued working and was even planning on mixing the sound for One Size Fits All until his illness worsened.
Tickets for “One Size Fits All” go on sale Friday, December 2 at 10 AM at https://empresstheatre.org/. Prices range from $150 for VIP tickets (including a Meet & Greet and a poster signed by all the artists), to $55
Yes, The Zombies, Kraftwerk, Journey and Electric Light Orchestra, among the artists nominated for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame‘s class of 2017.
The top five artists will be announced in December, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony held in April 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
For the first time the Hall of Fame will honor specific members of each band as opposed to the full lineup. Thus, of the five drummers who’ve played with Pearl Jam, only current drummer Matt Cameron and founding member Dave Krusen are eligible for induction. The eligible members of ELO include Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy, while the classic Steve Perry lineup of Journey is nominated alongside founding keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie.
In order for an artist to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago.
2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee Fan Vote Now Open. (HERE)