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    Since Florian Pilkington-Miksa has unfortunately passed away in 2021, this is rather unlikely (re: Curved Air)
    τί ἐστιν ὃ μίαν ἔχον φωνὴν τετράπουν καὶ δίπουν καὶ τρίπουν γίνεται;

    εἰσί κασίγνηται δισσαὶ, ὠν ἡ μία τίκτει
    τὴν ἑτέραν αὐτὴ δέ τεκοῦσ` ὑπό τὴσδη τεκνούται
    τίς δὲ κασίγνηται δύο;

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    Quote Originally Posted by sphinx View Post
    Since Florian Pilkington-Miksa has unfortunately passed away in 2021, this is rather unlikely (re: Curved Air)
    Oh, didn't know that. Sad news indeed.
    I know he was back in one of the many later "modern" Curved Air reincarnations.
    No "maybe" then unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Krautman View Post
    Thus if this event ever happens, the only "original founding members" will be:

    ASIA: Geoff Downes
    CURVED AIR: Sonja Kristina (+ maybe Florian Pilkington-Miksa ,drums)
    FOCUS: Thijs Van Leer (+ maybe Pierre Van Der Linden, drums)
    WISHBONE ASH: Martin Turner (though legally they can't be called W.A)

    EDIT: I was informed that Florian Pilkington Miksa passed away in 2021, thus he obviously won't be part of this. (R.I.P)

    Only 5 "original founding members" remaining now...
    If this US tour actually happens, here's my (purely speculative) guess... There will be one back-up band. They come out with Downes, it's Asia. They come out with Sonja, they are Curved Air, etc. It just seems very unlikely that this tour could make a profit if they are carting around four full bands. All those hotel rooms, visas, transportation, etc. It adds up pretty quickly.

    RIP Florian... I had missed that news as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Krautman View Post
    Thus if this event ever happens, the only "original founding members" will be:

    ASIA: Geoff Downes
    CURVED AIR: Sonja Kristina (+ maybe Florian Pilkington-Miksa ,drums)
    FOCUS: Thijs Van Leer (+ maybe Pierre Van Der Linden, drums)
    WISHBONE ASH: Martin Turner (though legally they can't be called W.A)

    EDIT: I was informed that Florian Pilkington Miksa passed away in 2021, thus he obviously won't be part of this. (R.I.P)

    Only 5 "original founding members" remaining now...
    Indeed. They are all old bands. This is what happens to old bands.

    Asia first played a show with only one original member in 1993. Martin Turner is billed as a solo artist, and has been touring with his own band since 2005. (Wishbone Ash (without Turner) first played a show with only one original member in 1994.) Focus first played a show with only one original member in 1976. Curved Air first played a show with only one original member in 1972!
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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    If this US tour actually happens, here's my (purely speculative) guess... There will be one back-up band. They come out with Downes, it's Asia. They come out with Sonja, they are Curved Air, etc. It just seems very unlikely that this tour could make a profit if they are carting around four full bands. All those hotel rooms, visas, transportation, etc. It adds up pretty quickly.

    RIP Florian... I had missed that news as well.
    Yes, I think that could happen. At least to a degree.
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    Geoff Downes | Virgil Donati | John Mitchell | Harry Whitley

    Whitley: https://www.youtube.com/@Harrymusicmusings/videos

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    John Mitchell is an excellent choice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno Sampaio Barbosa View Post
    Geoff Downes | Virgil Donati | John Mitchell | Harry Whitley

    Whitley: https://www.youtube.com/@Harrymusicmusings/videos
    OK... I'm very impressed! This could be the best non-Wetton Asia lineup yet. And I'm glad to see my prediction from above (one back-up band for all the groups) hasn't proven to be true, at least for Asia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    OK... I'm very impressed! This could be the best non-Wetton Asia lineup yet. And I'm glad to see my prediction from above (one back-up band for all the groups) hasn't proven to be true, at least for Asia.
    I really donít think that was ever in play.

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    John Mitchel and Vigil Donati in the lineup is really cool. I would go see this tour if it came close to me. Have there been any dates posted other than the Arcadia one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    John Mitchel and Vigil Donati in the lineup is really cool. I would go see this tour if it came close to me. Have there been any dates posted other than the Arcadia one?
    Agreed. I always love seeing Focus and have only ever seen Curved Air once, so whatever that lineup is I'd like to catch it. I wasn't particularly concerned with catching Asia prior to this lineup, but those are excellent additions. I hope the Arcada date holds because I can make that one.

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    OK. But even with John Mitchel and Vigil Donati, it's still just ASIA music. An Asia cover band.

    I'll have to go just to see Focus & Curved Air, which I have never seen before. And Roger Dean will there also so that's always a treat.

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    Jul 3: CT Ridgefield Playhouse
    Jul 4: NY Niagara Falls Fallsview Casino
    Jul 6: OR Medford Chevalier Theatre
    Jul 7: PN Huntingdon The Paramount
    Jul 9: NJ Englewood Bergen Performing Arts Center
    Jul 10: NJ Red Bank Count Basie Center
    Jul 12: NJ Atlantic City Tropicana Showroom
    Jul 13: PA Bethlehem Wind Creek Event Center
    Jul 14: PA Lancaster American Music Theatre
    Jul 16: SC Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
    Jul 17: TN Nashville Ryman Auditorium
    Jul 18: CO Evans Columbia County Performing Arts Center
    Jul 20: FL Orlando Hard Rock Live
    Jul 21: FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
    Jul 22: FL Tampa Seminole Hard Rock
    Jul 24: SC North Charleston PAC
    Jul 25: GA Macon City Auditorium
    Jul 26: AL Mobile Saeger Theatre
    Jul 28: AL Huntsville VBC Mark Smith Concert Hall
    Jul 30: MO St Charles The Armada Theatre
    Jul 31: WI Milwaukee The Pabst Theatre

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondegezou View Post
    The Asia line-up will be Downes/Sherwood/Bonilla and it seems they need a drummer... I presume Jay Schellen, who drummed with Downes and Payne in Asia, then drummed in Asia Featuring John Payne, and recently played with Downes and Sherwood at the John Wetton tribute show.
    Well, the Downes part was right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno Sampaio Barbosa View Post
    Geoff Downes | Virgil Donati | John Mitchell | Harry Whitley

    Whitley: https://www.youtube.com/@Harrymusicmusings/videos
    Does anyone know this guy at all? It looks like his entire music career to date has consisted of self-recordings of cover songs on social media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad 2 the Bone View Post
    Does anyone know this guy at all? It looks like his entire music career to date has consisted of self-recordings of cover songs on social media.
    Nope but I just checked a few things and he sure is talented ... don't know where Downes found him (I guess online) but he has several Asia songs on his Youtube channel and I notice he also did a John Mitchell songs a few months ago. He sure has a voice suited for Asia songs:


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisXymphonia View Post
    Nope but I just checked a few things and he sure is talented ... don't know where Downes found him (I guess online) but he has several Asia songs on his Youtube channel and I notice he also did a John Mitchell songs a few months ago. He sure has a voice suited for Asia songs
    I believe he was the singer on the Asia material at the Wetton Memorial concert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Roth View Post
    I believe he was the singer on the Asia material at the Wetton Memorial concert
    Yes, although I can't find the videos now, John Mitchell was having a a very difficult time playing the right notes at that gig which I thought was strange - under rehearsed I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Roth View Post
    Jul 3: CT Ridgefield Playhouse
    Jul 4: NY Niagara Falls Fallsview Casino
    Jul 6: OR Medford Chevalier Theatre
    Jul 7: PN Huntingdon The Paramount
    Jul 9: NJ Englewood Bergen Performing Arts Center
    Jul 10: NJ Red Bank Count Basie Center
    Jul 12: NJ Atlantic City Tropicana Showroom
    Jul 13: PA Bethlehem Wind Creek Event Center
    Jul 14: PA Lancaster American Music Theatre
    Jul 16: SC Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
    Jul 17: TN Nashville Ryman Auditorium
    Jul 18: CO Evans Columbia County Performing Arts Center
    Jul 20: FL Orlando Hard Rock Live
    Jul 21: FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
    Jul 22: FL Tampa Seminole Hard Rock
    Jul 24: SC North Charleston PAC
    Jul 25: GA Macon City Auditorium
    Jul 26: AL Mobile Saeger Theatre
    Jul 28: AL Huntsville VBC Mark Smith Concert Hall
    Jul 30: MO St Charles The Armada Theatre
    Jul 31: WI Milwaukee The Pabst Theatre
    Some pretty odd things in that list
    First off, are they really going from NY to OR and then back to the east coast?
    And, to the best of my knowledge, there is no state with PN as its abbreviation. It's not PA - they have those dates listed. There is a Huntington NY (note the "ton", not "don").

    How long do people think the 3 opening acts are going to play for? those are the ones i want to see

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    Clearly geography is not their strong suit

    July 6 is Medford, MA not Medford, OR
    July 7 is Huntington NY
    Jul 18 is Evans GA, not CO

    so nothing west of Wisconsin...yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlier View Post
    Clearly geography is not their strong suit

    July 6 is Medford, MA not Medford, OR
    July 7 is Huntington NY
    Jul 18 is Evans GA, not CO

    so nothing west of Wisconsin...yet
    And, July 30 is in IL, not MO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlier View Post
    so nothing west of Wisconsin...yet
    Last date of this tour is July 31st. First date of the Yes tour is August 14th. My guess is this is it for Asia dates this go-round anyway.

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    "Jul 30: MO St Charles The Armada Theatre" should actually read "IL St Charles The Arcada Theater."

    Curved Air is going to be an acoustic set. Sonja with a guitarist and violin.

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