Concert Review: ASIA LIVE @ The Canyon Club 10/19/2014

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B0WVc6KCcAATw_lProg-Rock super group ASIA returned to Southern California for the second night of its “Gravitas” tour.

Last night at the world famous Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA original members John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes and new guitarist Sam Coulson took the stage and barreled through an impressive 75 minute set.

The band looked and sounded better than they have on their last few tours. Geoff Downe’s kept the mood melodic by alternating between no lees than 10 keyboards, Sam Coulson added a chunky more rocking feel to the proceedings as his style of playing favors former guitarist Mandy Mayer (Krokus, Cobra) more than original axeman Steve Howe and Wetton’s voice has not lost a bit of it’s husky timbre.  As for Carl Palmer… he just might be the best drummer I have ever seen live!

It is often said that the only person who likes a drum solo is the drummer but I defy anyone to now be transfixed when Palmer takes center stage to pound his kit into submission.  Palmer’s 10 minute solo had the crowd clapping, cheering and smiling from ear to ear. With 30 + years under his belt Palmer has only gotten better.

Here’s hoping that this new configuration of Asia continues to record and tour for many years to come.

Drumroll please… 10 out of 10 drumsticks!!!

 

– Set List –

Sole Survivor
Wildest Dreams
Time Again
Valkyrie
Voice Of America (acoustic)
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
An Extraordinary Life
Days Like These
Go
Don’t Cry
– Drum Solo –
Only Time Will Tell
Open Your Eyes
Heat Of The Moment

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Pat FrancisConcert Review: ASIA LIVE @ The Canyon Club 10/19/2014