Getting Asia featuring John Payne booked is no easy task. Because of confusion with the original band, promoters find themselves at a loss. However, some places sporadically placed across the US and sometimes Canada are willing to take on the LA-based offshoot that includes Messrs Schellen, Perry and Norlander.
The bands site have confirmed dates listed. One in Denver, CO I hoped to get for one loyal fan who has no love for the other band. Another in Florida for a fan there despite the heat. As for the rest of us, where can we see our heroes? For me anyway, heres where they could go this year:
Canada has a unique position in the music world. They have their own plethora of talent, and their own way of doing things. I try to get there at least once a year.
For their own artists (chiefly Anglophone), we've seen Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, and Justin Bieber to name a few. In order for them to be heard at home, the CRTC have laws that make sure TV and radio have a certain amount of homegrown programming.
Bands like Rush and Nickelback are now signed to one label in their backyard, and another everywhere else. This was part of the CanCon regulations, but some get signed through the States such as Drake and Avril Lavigne. French speakers initially had Céline Dion to themselves, and they still do with Garou, Octobre and Mylène Farmer. Montréals The Musical Box, Mystery and Simple Plan are Francophones but perform in English.
For releases from international artists, they're usually analogous to US editions across the lake. It varies by album. Sometimes they match everyone but the States.
Releases from both sides of the St Lawrence/Great Lakes Seaway cross-pollinate. I see Canadian releases as far as 250 km from the border, while some US releases can be seen across the 49th.
Another thing is that Canadian releases can have the same sleeve or disc as the US. Also, some US releases have inserts or discs/tapes made in Canada. Thats NAFTA for ya!
Our neighbour to the north has a lot to offer everyone. Be sure to get something from there sometime.
I have just learnt that the new studio album from Asia featuring John Payne will now be called Arcana instead of Architects of Time. The previously announced name was used for a one-off project instead. The album may be released in November, but it could even be summertime. It will be the first studio release by the Asia spinoff (not connected to the original lineup, who are releasing their next album Omega). It will be released in Japan by Sony, and by vanity label Devgel worldwide, with a US licencee to be announced (once thought to be Favoured Nations).
Asia featuring John Payne, one of the Holy Grails for me.
Because of two ill-fated concert series in Syracuse last year, there doesn't seem to be one this year apart from the funfair and a few small time events. Even if a shows free, its not always easy to get people to come. Some promoters just can't cut it. These shows used to be at Inner Harbour, the Federal Building, and the CNY Regional Market. Now, I'd have to go to Rochester and Albany for such a thing as they seem to have better resources.
If I could start my own, here are who would come, one per week:
There are numerous local businesses who would sponsor the shows. The cost of security would be high, whether its private or the local police. Then who would be willing to host the shows? It may be too late to start getting something this year but perhaps next year it could happen.
Who would you like to see? Remember, this articles not about an actual live series in CNY, I'm afraid.
In 2007, John Payne released a compilation of tracks with Asia, Lunatica, solo, and CCCP called Different Worlds. Turns out theres more than enough for another such release. He has been performing for over thirty years. However, it took him a long time to get ahead. Here are some tracks that would go well on the comp:
The John Payne Band
Born on Halloween
I Want You to Burn
Thats When the Crying Starts
John Payne (solo)
Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got
Looking at Her Picture
Lisa LaRue 2KX
Fast and Blue
Mystery of the Rose Jam Jehan Nima Recurring Dream
Farewell My Love
Asia featuring John Payne
Military Man (2007)
Long Way from Home (2007)
Right now, JP is trying to focus on finishing the new AFJP album, which is highly anticipated. Then after some time on the road, he may consider taking a trip down memory lane.
Many of these tracks are rare and/or unavailable, so trying to gather them all yourself would be an uphill endeavour, so lets just hold out for this collection then.