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Allo John;   I just wanted to mention this to you and the lads when you come to the states this fall, if this could be a possibility?  As a lot of us know, this show is a talk show on all things hard rawk and heavy metal.  The show is very entertaining, informative, humorous and yes, educational too!

Here are the links

http://www.vh1.com/shows/that_metal_show/series.jhtml


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Metal_Show


Please don't assume by the title, that the show has a small demographic audience and is limited.  On the contrary, it is very popular and in production is "season" eleven.   ( they average about three "seasons" a year!).    I think it would be great to...


A) promote the tour

B) promote the album

C) let the world know the band is doing well

D) see you and the lads on the telly!!



As you can see from the guest list, there is a wide range of artists.  In my opinon, you have people commenting on Asia being a prog band, with it's roots in prog.  But, for my money, Asia has always proudly flown the flag for heavy metal!!  A little something to think about. 


                                               Cheers, John!


                                                       Jorge.
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Many acts associated with the "ROCK" music genre, PERIOD, recieve accolades and interview time on THAT METAL SHOW.

Good call, Jorge! Interesting promotional idea I myself never personally considered.

Mike Portnoy of modern prog's DREAM THEATER recently appeared on TMS(same time he appeared backstage with John in a U.K. photo at the GB, actually).

I don't know anything about the logistics of getting "booked" for TMS... but I agree with Jorge - this would offer tremendous exposure for /ASIA\ among "casual fans" of the band who may have lost touch over the years. Host EDDIE TRUNK has become respected as a "kindred spirit" to rock fans around the USA - both on Sirius XM radio, AND on television with VH1 Classic.

An appearace by John for /ASIA\ with Eddie T. could be a real positive profile booster for the new "X X X"...






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They film in California.
Would be great if it did happen. Eddie Trunk is one of the few really smart and passionate music Dj's/VJ's who is a uber fan of music. I have no idea what his take on ASIA is. But he loves bands like UFO and Thin Lizzy as well as the metal stuff...
I listen to his show all the time on the radio and watch the TV version. Radio show is based out of NYC.
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How bout a TV Tour like Leno,Lettermen,Jimmy Fallen,Jimmy Kimmel,Ferguson, and who ever else has talk shows on TV, Radio can be done when you visit a city.
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A very PC idea, Paul. Probably has more legs than an interview on a Heavy Metal-based show. Don't think Asia quite fits in that category - if it ever did. Can't speak for JW, but not sure he would see himself in there baring in mind past comments about 'HM' fans making 'HM' signs making him realise that they 'just didn't get it'. Just my thoughts...
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That would be great to see the ASIA guys on this show. It would be interesting to see who else would be on the same episode!

According to another site I frequent, some episodes of T.M.S. were taped earlier this week for the upcoming season. Some of the guests were Steve Harris, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Doug Aldrich, Lita Ford and Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart.

Actually, John, Steve, Geoff & Carl have dealt with "The Trunk" & VH1 before, when they did a "Hanging With..." episode back in 2006, discussing the anniversary tour. I still recall Horace/Bob getting presented with a birthday cake. They didn't show if he ate any of it, though.

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PK,

You sound like you're making a judgement call based on preconceptions of the "genre" - rather than the actual format of the show.

A lot of music fans that LOVED and purchased that debut album in "summer '82" were also big hard rock & metal fans - at least in America.



In fact, a couple months ago I asked John here the "WHAT IF...?" question you could go back, and have recorded an Asia album with any producer you had NOT worked with, who would you choose?

"ROBERT JOHN 'MUTT' LANGE" was his choice.

"Mutt" was behind the monitors for, among other hit records, the following:

- Def Leppard, PYROMANIA
- Def Leppard, HYSTERIA
- AC/DC, HIGHWAY TO HELL
- AC/DC, BACK IN BLACK
- Foreigner, "4"
- Bryan Adams, WAKING UP THE NEIGHBOURS
- Nickelback, DARK HORSE

BELIEVE ME - All the press bios we've seen for /ASIA\ since 2006 mentioning "9 weeks at #1 on the Billboard album chart" came along with a DEEP run of singles at AOR rock radio in America.

Asia may not be a "heavy metal" band (Asia is just... "Asia"!!) - but unquestionably, many American rock radio fans who sang in their cars along to "Heat Of The Moment", "Sole Survivor", "The Heat Goes On", "Go", and "Days Like These" between 1982-1991 or so... were also (like myself!) singing along to Def Leppard, Ratt, Judas Priest, and The Scorpions.

"ROCK RADIO" cast a wide net in 1980s America - as I not only liked those "heavy metal" bands, but also Journey, Boston, Mellencamp, The Beatles, Dave Clark Five, and The Eagles who were played on the SAME rock radio stations.


"THAT METAL SHOW" has no airs - its simply 3 passionate rock n roll fans with a special emphasis on harder bands, who love to enthuse about music they SINCERELY love and follow - and actually KNOW a lot about.

(I would rather watch Eddie Trunk interview John, Geoff, Carl and/or Steve, than a Matt Lauer-type from the TODAY show "pretending" he knows something about this band... "So, how did it feel to be part of that MTV video era?" kind of generic questioning, you know? As a DEEP fan of music -and Asia - I can always smell "bullsh*t" when some interviwer is clueless LOL LOL.)

Trust me - if you've seen / heard Eddie Trunk interview musicians, you KNOW the respect he affords them.

Anyway. This isn't a VH1 Classic or TMS board, I know LOL... but I just enjoy seeing "X X X" get its due! When people can just HEAR it, they're LOVING it.




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I  think I'd rather see them on CraigyFerg, and Guitar Sessions from Guitar Center.  The Rock Walk at the Guitar Center in LA is pretty cool; maybe the Howler would get to 'make an impression' in cement, if he hasn't already done so. 

I've seen 'That Metal Show', and while some of their offerings are interesting, I really don't think it's a good fit for Asia. They don't have enough tattoos

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Yes, Yes!  CraigyFerg!!

Craig's done some very nice shows, despite the schtick.
His interview with Stephen Fry was simply amazing - the way I'd like all interviews done.

Maybe the band could actually perform and then even sit a spell and chat.

I suppose it might depend heavily on CF's musical taste.  Judging by the past musical "talents" he's had on board, I don't understand or resonate with his taste.  Punk influence in his ears, I suppose.

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Actually, John, Steve, Geoff & Carl have dealt with "The Trunk" & VH1 before, when they did a "Hanging With..." episode back in 2006, discussing the anniversary tour. I still recall Horace/Bob getting presented with a birthday cake. They didn't show if he ate any of it, though.

I have this show on DVD entitled "Hanging with Asia".  It's fantastic and also contains 2 unplugged versions of Don't Cry and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes".  It was a great show to reintroduce the band to the music scene after so many years.  I would love to see them do that show again if it is still being produced!

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1)

Don't think Asia quite fits in that category - if it ever did.

Can't speak for JW, but not sure he would see himself in there baring in mind past comments about 'HM' fans making 'HM' signs making him realise that they 'just didn't get it'. Just my thoughts.
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But WE do GET IT!   those or I should say that "HM Sign"  \m/   the Maloik has so many meaning and uses as mentioned here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sign_of_the_horns

The gesture for most HM fans means to show approval, loyalty, RESPECT, appreciation and devotion to their faves.   It is because of that we do understand Asia (and John's past works) that we do it!  We may agree to disagree, but again, Asia for my money has flown the flag for HM!



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I've seen 'That Metal Show', and while some of their offerings are interesting, I really don't think it's a good fit for Asia. They don't have enough tattoos

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That is not a fair statement! that is so stereotyped and prejudice.  I take offense at that!  I have been a HM fan since 1982 and I dont have any tatoos, (Or any piercings), thank you, very little!   I believe you should judge a person, religion, genre,etc,etc... one on one, at a personal level and then decide, not to just judge on appearance and misconceptions!


rock_of_ages, Tikk, agentarmstrong; Thank you for your support, very much appreciated.  I totally agree with your comments, AA!  Eddie Trunk, Don and Jim are very much FANS of hard rock and HM and are indeed sincere about it, as we all are.  

In closing, Let's think about this for a second...  When was the last time ASIA was featured in Strolling Bone?  (rolling stone).   I can tell you they were featured in Classic Rock and PROG this year!  


Did they or did they not play HIGH VOLTAGE?   a hard rock and heavy metal festival?   hmmm? 

Also wasn't it mentioned that a member of SAXON wanted to meet Geoff & John at the classic rock awards some years ago??? 

HM has so many subgenres and it's such a wonderful thing that just keeps evolving.  when people ask me what my favorite HM bands are, I tell em... Cream, Thin Lizzy, Asia, Racer-X, Loudness and Lynch Mob!  That is an honest statement.



Cheers!


Jorge.

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Agent, I take your point, but just know what has been stated before elsewhere. You're also right that I don't know the show or it's demographic. I guess it comes down to definitions  e.g. what is prog or metal? When I was at skool, ELP etcetc were just rock and not filed under 'Progressive'. Now it's all 'prog'. To me, prog was pre 1970's stuff like The Nice, Atomic Rooster, early Floyd. I too like a lot of heavy stuff, but then I also like Vaughn Williams. I certainly wouldn't say I like/ dislike  a particular genre - good stuff can come from anywhere. So yes, you're correct, musical fans like a wide range provided it's good. I guess I was just saying ASIA is just not HM.

Jorge: is a maloik an oik that is unwell?

Cheers all,
PK.


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Agent, I take your point, but just know what has been stated before elsewhere. You're also right that I don't know the show or it's demographic. I guess it comes down to definitions  e.g. what is prog or metal? When I was at skool, ELP etcetc were just rock and not filed under 'Progressive'. Now it's all 'prog'. To me, prog was pre 1970's stuff like The Nice, Atomic Rooster, early Floyd. I too like a lot of heavy stuff, but then I also like Vaughn Williams. I certainly wouldn't say I like/ dislike  a particular genre - good stuff can come from anywhere. So yes, you're correct, musical fans like a wide range provided it's good. I guess I was just saying ASIA is just not HM.

Jorge: is a maloik an oik that is unwell?

Cheers all,
PK.



You have a good point about "definitions", PK...

Its a funny thing, that, isnt it? When I was in high school in the late '80s, bands that were "Left Of The Dial" (music out of the mainstream, like XTC, The Smiths, R.E.M., The Smithereens, and Depeche Mode) didnt really have a "genre", per se... and by 1987-88 or so, radio DJs in America began calling these bands only played on college stations "PROGRESSIVE MUSIC".

But somehow, after Nirvana hit with "SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT", by mid-92 the only genre name you heard buzzed about for these college bands was "ALTERNATIVE".



Who cares LOL.

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PK,

I'm gonna chuck realism to the wind here LOL, but meet you half way... How about BOZ hosting a show for VH1 Classic called:

"THAT WETTON SHOW".


*ALL* John Wetton solo projects, /ASIA\, Crimson, and U.K. discussion... *ALL THE TIME*!!!


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Agent, NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC !!! That'd be hilarious - Boz is a scream, and having met him too here in 2006, a really nice person. Would he bring his alter egos along too? Imagine Drazen on the radio - a case of 'the Chech's in the post' ? Perhaps we could all make guest appearances and play our favs- - could call it Wetton FM or Voice of the World (VoA is a tad restrictive).

Nice one, A.

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