In 2005 the super group known as ASIA reformed it’s original multi-platinum line-up and embarked on a worldwide tour. The fruits of their labor came together in 2008 when the band released “Phoenix” it’s first album of original material in almost 20 years.
The new release has been expanded to a 2 disc set that includes both the UK and US releases of the album. Both versions feature different mixing and mastering while the UK version adds 2 bonus acoustic tracks: “I Will Remember You” and “An Extraordinary Life.”
As for the album itself… after 8 years “Phoenix” stills sounds vital and definitely set the ground work for the albums the band would record in 2010, 2012, 2014 and hopefully beyond.
Standout tracks include: “Never Again,” “Alibis,” “Shadow Of A Doubt” and the worldwide smash “An Extraordinary Life.”
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.