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 –
Voice Of America (acoustic)
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
An Extraordinary Life
Days Like These
– Drum Solo –
Only Time Will Tell
Open Your Eyes
Heat Of The Moment
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.