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agentarmstrong

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http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/qa-with-progressive-rock-legend-john-wetton-of-asia,1460729/

As great as social media clearly is, I still enjoy the Q&A format. There's some insights about the nature of /ASIA\ fans still preferring to buy the music via actual "physical" product that was a great read. And hey, I can't say I'm any different - I LOVE the liner notes and Roger Dean covers myself.


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nice interview, the ending made me feel very sad, though.  john may be right that there's only gonna be one more Asia album, then it's all over.  that will be very sad for me personally.  but on the bright side, we'll get one last album.  make it a good one, and put all the tracks on it you can, please[smile]
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At least he followed the "one more album" comment with "If we don’t make another one, it’s not because we don’t want to."  If there's the will, hopefully they can find a way.
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Reading John's words it's always a pleasure.
Obviously it's less a pleasure knowing that he's not sure about a next album or the following one...News like that put the fans in a very unstable state, it's like reading on a newspaper that the sun is gonna burn out in few years.
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I read it as more a commentary on the current state of the music industry. What has been unique about Asia since '06 is that they just didn't go on tour every 18 months and trot out the hits like other bands from that time period. They spend time recording and releasing new material and give us as fans something to really look forward too with all the product. But to do things like that you need resources, marketing, distribution etc. It's getting more and more difficult to find record companies that are willing to spend $$ on bands and promotion in this digital era. Despite advances in studios and recording, doing a high quality CD isn't all that cheap, and Asia has always been top-notch in their recordings.
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John said "We live in an antiquated sector where we still buy CDs, and our fans still buy the CD. They still want the liner notes and the physical CD in there. Every time I make one of those things I think, “this will be the last one of these I’ll ever make,” and somehow I get to make another one."

I hope there will be many more, John!!! I love the physical CD's, too, with liner notes and pics!!

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Ladies and gentlemen,

Despite being a military historian, which tends to expose us to humanity's darker side, I have always been an optimistic soul.  I do not take JW's insightful comments as a decree that /ASIA\ will end in 2-3 years.  However, the traditional means by which their music reaches the world may be changed by that time.

Let's be honest, folks.  JW and his comrades have given us a lot of great music, and eventually, the pace will probably slow down.  However, this will not rule out future JW music.  Personally, I feel John's best solo album is Raised in Captivity, which would have been different if he had not reunited with GD.

I am looking forward to seeing /ASIA\ in just over two weeks' time.  Whether JW decides to keep on living like there's no tomorrow, or he decides to retire from professional music, I will respect his decision.  I am just so grateful that I am going to see him perform live for the first time -- God willing! 

Great interview, John!

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GattoNero

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John, you and Geoff are the best and most prolific songwriters in the world...it will never end, never in a million years!
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Well, one of John's companion bands, District 97, easily funded their new album via Kickstarter so for those of us that enjoy the physical product versus sonically inferior digital downloads, perhaps that is a helpful means of continuing to "ride the dragon's wings" if necessary in the future.
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I want to also say that I think it is cool (and important) that this interview was originated via a US college...hopefully prog and Asia in particular are resonating with university age kids to some extent these days like it did for us geezers back in the day and this article certainly can't hurt.
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John mentions that they hopefully do one more album.

This is most likely a reflection on the state of the music industry. It is dying before our very eyes.

As much as I like having "physical product," that medium is going away really fast.

Record labels are dying as well.

Going forward, Asia, as well as other bands, could release music digitally only should they continue to record.
They could finance through kick-starter or other up-front payments or sell the product for slightly more to recoup costs.

For example, for $15 you get the album digitally. For $20 you get a CD. $25 gets it autographed. These are just examples.
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It would be great to hear the band revisit Asia and Alpha and have it mixed properly! ooh it'd be nice to hear a bit of bass on them instead of the 80s top end! I live in hope!
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