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Asia @ The Majestic Fox, Bakersfield CA 9/02/10

I’m waiting for the 40 Year Old Virgin jokes Ok, so why would somebody actually see these guys? For one, the music is actually pretty good, cheesiness aside, and two, the band is a super group. The more mature rockers here can probably better appreciate them. The group consists of veteran virtuosos: guitarist Steve Howe of YES fame, keyboard player Geoff Downes of The Buggles/YES, bassist/vocalist John Wetton of King Crimson, and drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Asia is probably best known for their first two albums, released in the early 80s. The music is best described as catchy, glossy, progressive pop. Oh, and a whole lot of cheese, but it comes with the territory I guess. These guys are in their late 50s, early 60s, and they still sound great, John Wetton’s voice especially. His vocals were shockingly powerful and very compelling. It was like “wow…he can STILL sing like he did in the 80s.”

However with age of course comes some setbacks. This was the first time ever where I witnessed a group play a short set and still have a 20 minute intermission. The band probably headed backstage to receive much needed massages and dialysis treatments. Steve Howe looked like an 80 year old scarecrow on stage, ready to fall over at any moment under the weight of that massive guitar. Thankfully, Carl Palmer still looks pretty good and can still fly across those drums. The group played The Majestic Fox in Bakersfield. The venue was probably 3/4 full but the audience was very appreciative. There was a wealth of new material that I wasn’t familiar with. These guys are very active considering their age, I think having released two CDs in the last two years. We had to leave early and missed the last 5 songs or so, but still glad I got to finally see Asia live.

Wow moment: Hearing John Wetton soar during Don’t Cry and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.

I Believe
Only Time Will Tell
Holy War
Never Again
Through My Veins
Don’t Cry
Steve Howe solo
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
Open Your Eyes
Time Again
Extraordinary Life
End of the World
Heat Goes On
Sole Survivor
Days Like These
Heat of the Moment