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Brian Aberback of The Record:
A fortuitous day off on Asia’s tour schedule and the band’s fondness for the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood have cleared the way for a special night of music and fan interaction honoring John Wetton. Asia’s singer-bassist died of colon cancer in January at 67.
Jay Lustig of The Record:
As part of the bergenPAC show, which is subtitled “An Extraordinary Life: An Interactive Celebration of the Life and Music of John Wetton,” clips of Wetton will be shown. And Asia fans have been encouraged – via social media and the group’s website, originalasia.com – to send in photos and videos of Wetton, some of which will be shown before and during the show. Wetton will also be the subject of a question-and-answer session featuring Asia members and others.
Over the last several months, Carl Palmer has been underway with the creation of an art piece in tribute to ASIA bandmate and musical collaborator John Wetton who passed away on January 31, 2017. The piece titled “Heat of the Moment” is now in a limited edition of just 50 pieces.
To purchase or learn more, please visit carlpalmerart.com.
Here is a special video message from Carl Palmer talking about the end of his CPL tour, the start of the new ASIA tour with Journey, and the special John Wetton Tribute show.
AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
AN INTERACTIVE CELEBRATION
OF THE LIFE & MUSIC OF JOHN WETTON
JUNE 17, 2017 AT THE BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
ASIA and their fans will pay tribute in a special concert to the late singer / songwriter, John Wetton, who spearheaded the legendary British band. The event is called “An Extraordinary Life” and will be a fully interactive celebration whereby fans can contribute to the remembrances of the acclaimed musician. It will be held on Saturday, June 17th at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.
John Wetton, who was the lead vocalist, bassist and co-writer with the iconic group, lost his brave fight against cancer on January 31st, 2017, just as the band was about to embark on a four month tour as special guests of Journey, recreating the days when both bands were world best sellers.
“An Extraordinary Life”, a reference to one of the band’s most popular songs, will pay tribute to John. Special guest Billy Sherwood of YES is filling in as bassist and vocalist. Also appearing will be current ASIA members Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes, and Sam Coulson. The group will do a full set of ASIA music, as well as some of the best loved songs from the members’ previous super-groups, bands such as King Crimson; YES; The Buggles; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
In addition to the ASIA performance, the evening will be highlighted with rare video clips of John and the band, historical footage and fan remembrances of John and his music. ASIA fans will be encouraged to send in written or video accounts of their love of the music and the man behind much of it. Still photos of fans with John are also welcomed and will be projected onto the screen. Fans who send media to the band in advance will be balloted to share memories on the evening.
Fans can send their media before June 1st, 2017 to: email@example.com
Photos must be sent in a JPEG format and fan video testimonials should be in MOV or MP4 format. These should not ordinarily exceed 30 seconds in length. Any written testimonials should be formatted as a text or MS word file, and should not exceed 250 words. (Guidelines for Fan Submissions.)
A Q&A session will be held between the audience, ASIA and members of ASIA’s management. Along with this, never-before seen interview footage of John shot during the making of the band’s documentary film, “ASIA-30 Years On” will be shown.
Tickets available at: www.bergenpac.org
Enjoy this “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” cover/John Wetton tribute by Mike Massé (and featuring Mike Johnson, Ron Perron and Scott Roush).