Geoff Downes talks about Asia in Asia 83 and Yes in Europe 22 – 534

Produced by Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

It’s always a pleasure to speak to Geoff Downes and this time we took in Asia, Yes and the Downes Braide Association. As always, Geoff has been very busy with different musical activities and, as you’ll hear, is looking forward to getting out on the road again with the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

Geoff also sets a question for you to answer to win the wonderful Asia in Asia box set so after you’ve heard what the question is, please send your answer to before Friday 27th May 2022 to be in with a chance of winning that collector’s item.

Unfortunately, Mark was unable to join us for the interview but he will be back next week.

  • Why was this performance chosen for such an epic release?
  • What was it like welcoming Greg Lake into Asia?
  • What’s coming up for Yes live in 2022?

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6 replies on “Geoff Downes talks about Asia in Asia 83 and Yes in Europe 22 – 534”

Another great chat with Geoff, who is always willing to talk to anyone, time permitting, over the years. I have a personal connection to the Asia in Asia concert. At the time I was on the air as a radio DJ in Columbus, since ’75, with a progressive rock show, the only one in Ohio for years. As such, I plugged the broadcast on every show for over a month once it was announced. I was also a manager at a local record store, part of a very popular Ohio chain, and we got entry forms from Geffen Records & MTV to put on the counter at each store. If you filled out the form, detached the postcard part of it & mailed it in, winners were chosen for a free trip to the show in Tokyo! I still have a stack of those entry forms in my collection at home after 39 years. I sent mine in, as did friends, but we didn’t win, of course. No matter, I was part of a viewing party at a friends house where we watched the MTV broadcast, including the pre-concert special, and listened to it on the stereo system via the FM radio simulcast. I still have my original audiotape recording & my original videotape of the show. I also have the other Tokyo show that was recorded, on audiotape, and the VHS tape release of “Asia in Asia.” Very happy they are finally releasing it legitimately after all these years, but not happy that the pre-concert special is not included for folks to see.

Looking forward to the new DBA album. Friend Dave Bainbridge says it’s wonderful, and I’ll be getting an advance file of it.

Great interview. I’ve had a bootleg cassette of Asia in Asia for many years and always enjoyed Greg’s playing and singing on these songs. As a big Yes and ELP fan how could you go wrong with this one-off version of Asia.

Ken, the TAAW 45 I also would like a copy, again! Only had one in 40 years and if you do find one don’t put it in the juke box due to the centre and the less than fine audio equipment to play it. In fact dont play it but keep it as clean as possible in best condition.

So if someone has two copies ha, please do get in touch.

Great chat. Sounds like a full diary for GD. USA, Japan, Europe, UK tours, new albums and historical releases, all good then. Maybe two tracks from the last album with a surprise or two and Edge. Excellent.

Another very satisfying interview. Definite props to Geoff for being so honest and straightforward about why they’re not doing ‘Relayer’ this time, as many (including me) were hoping. If the official messaging has been more along these lines early on – indeed if there had been some messaging – it might have gone down with more understanding at the time. Anyway, it’s going to be a great tour, I’m sure. Interesting to hear about the transpositions planned to bring CTTE back to its original register. As Geoff says, Jon is a fine singer and will cope with the challenge. I’m also delighted to hear that we’ll get at least “a couple of tracks” from ‘The Quest’, and other surprises. I can’t make the pre-tour show, but look forward to seeing some of you on the other eight.

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