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    The Heat Of The Moment Tour - Asia, Focus, Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash, Curved Air

    The Heat Of The Moment Tour Featuring Rock Legends Asia, Focus, Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash, Curved Air and MC’d by Artist Roger Dean - Summer 2024

    Asia is absolutely delighted to announce The Heat of The Moment Tour, headlined by Asia and also featuring Focus, Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash and Curved Air and MC’d by artist Roger Dean.

    The tour will commence on 3rd July 2024 and will incorporate 21 dates across the USA and Canada.

    The tour has been masterminded by rock music keyboard legend and original Asia member, Geoff Downes (Buggles, Asia, Yes).

    Asia was the biggest selling album of 1982, number 1 on Billboard for 9 weeks and pioneers of the MTV era! Downes’ brand new iteration of Asia first began to evolve last Summer, at the concert held in memory of late lead singer, songwriter and bassist, John Wetton (King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, UK, Asia, John Wetton Band, Icon). Downes invited old friend John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Lonely Robot, Kino, John Wetton Band, Icon) and new-comer Harry Whitley to join him on stage to celebrate Wetton’s life by performing some of the classic Asia hits. Such was the uproarious reception to their set, that Downes wondered if something magical was beginning to take shape.

    “And so it was that the John Wetton tribute last August really reminded me how much Asia’s music belongs on the stage. The response to it all was literally…spine-tingling.”

    Downes’ new-look Asia will once again feature Mitchell on guitars and Whitley on lead vocal and bass. The quartet will be made complete by the addition of Virgil Donati (UK, Southern Sons, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth) on drums.

    Downes continues, “With the addition of Virgil Donati & John Mitchell, two of the finest musicians in the world in their respective classes, this is almost going full circle bearing in mind their previous close collaborations with John W. Completing this circle is also the amazing Harry Whitley who absolutely floored the audience with his incredible vocal interpretation of the Asia songs that John W and I so lovingly wrote over the years.”

    The tour will also feature sets from other classic acts, Focus, Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash and Curved Air. All three support acts boast their founder bandleaders and have deservedly attained the status of legend.

    Focus will be releasing a brand new studio album later in 2024. Led by the indomitable Sir Thijs van Leer, featuring original 1970’s drummer Pierre Van Der Linden, plus the virtuoso talents of Menno Gootjes on guitar and Udo Pannekeet on bass.

    Martin Turner was lead vocalist, bassist, founding member and creative force behind 70’s rock music behemoth Wishbone Ash, best known for such classic albums as Argus and Pilgrimage.

    Formed in 1970, Curved Air are one of the founders of progressive rock and a retrospective collection of their most influential and ground-breaking material is currently in the planning stages. Sonja Kristina (vocals) and Kirby Gregory (guitar) will treat audiences to an acoustic set featuring some of the band’s most memorable musical moments. They will be joined by violinist Grzegorz Gadziomski.

    Each performance on the tour will be MC’d by legendary artist Roger Dean. For so many, Dean’s artwork is synonymous with the music of the time and stands to represent the very best of British rock music.

    The final word goes to Geoff Downes, “I am convinced that John (Wetton’s) spirit is with us as we set out on this new adventure. After all, it is the Year of the Dragon - just as it was in 1982, when we released our first Asia album. It’s as though it was meant to be. Looking forward to seeing you there, my friends – bring it on!”

    Heat Of The Moment 2024 Tour Dates:

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

    ASIA
    Geoffrey Downes - Keyboards, Vocals
    John Mitchell - Guitars, Vocals
    Harry Whitley - Bass Guitar, Lead Vocal
    Virgil Donati - Drums

    FOCUS
    Thijs van Leer - Hammond Organ, Flute, Vocals
    Menno Gootjes - Guitars
    Udo Pannekeet - Bass Guitar
    Pierre van der Linden - Drums

    MARTIN TURNER ex Wishbone Ash
    Martin Turner - Bass guitar,Vocals
    Danny Willson - Guitars, Vocals
    Misha Nikolic - Guitars, Vocals
    Sonny Flint - Drums

    CURVED AIR
    Sonja Kristina - Vocals
    Kirby Gregory - Guitars
    Grzegorz Gadziomski - Violin

    For more information, please contact:
    Sarah Ewing at TASK Agency, for QEDG Music Management
    sarah@taskagency.co.uk

    Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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    The stop in Medford, MA, on July 6 is less than a mile walk from my house. I just may go. Regular (non-VIP, etc.) ticket prices ($95 and down) at the box office aren't that bad for the number of bands.
    Lou

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    Closest show to me is a 3 hour drive, so probably won't be attending this. If it came closer I probably would.

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    After the departure of Steve Howe and death of John Wetton, Asia should have folded for good. But then, Downes assembled a group with "Bumblefoot" Thal & Billy Sherwood and now this one with John Mitchell and Harry Witley without Palmer who has his own ELP tribute tour.
    The Asia name should have been retired long ago but the money grab keeps resurfacing multiple times. But it's a free world and everyone can choose to attend or pass.

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    I choose to attend.
    But mainly for Curved Air, Focus and Martin Turner!
    ...and the Virgil Donati drum clinic.
    I'll see what I can get for tix in Lancaster. 1.5hr drive.
    JG

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    Asia doesn’t interest me. I last saw Focus in 73 at Philharmonic Hall. Hopefully Martin Turner’s WA is good. Really looking forward to Curved Air. I’m a Patron, so will be meeting with Sonja before the Milwaukee show with another Patron. We’re flying in from the Bay Area.


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