Geoff will be touring with Yes this summer. Announced dates can be found below.
|WED||27||Columbus, OH||Ohio State Fair|
|SAT||30||Atlantic City, NJ||Tropicana|
|SUN||31||Bethlehem, PA||Sands Event Center|
|THU||4||Lynn, MA||Lynn Auditorium|
|FRI||5||Wallingford, CT||Oakdale Theatre|
|SAT||6||Westbury, NY||Theatre at Westbury|
|TUE||9||Staten Island, NY||St. George Theatre|
|WED||10||Englewood, NJ||Bergen Performing Arts Center|
|FRI||12||Port Chester, NY||The Capitol Theater|
|SAT||13||Morristown, NJ||Morristown Performing Arts Center|
|TUE||16||Washington, DC||Warner Theatre|
|WED||17||Munhall, PA||Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall|
|FRI||19||Sterling Heights, MI||Freedom Hill Amp.|
|SAT||20||Chicago, IL||Copernicus Center|
|SUN||21||Milwaukee, WI||Pabst Theater|
|WED||24||Denver, CO||Paramount Theatre|
|FRI||26||Anaheim, CA||The Grove|
|SAT||27||Las Vegas, NV||Downtown Event Center|
|SUN||28||Santa Barbara, CA||Arlington Theatre|
|TUE||30||Los Angles, CA||Orpheum Theater|
|WED||31||Saratoga, CA||The Mountain Winery|
|FRI||2||Reno, NV||Silver Legacy Casino|
|SAT||3||Paso Robles, CA||Vina Robles Winery|
|SUN||4||San Diego, CA||Vina Robles Winery|
As part of Trading Boundaries’ 2015 Roger Dean art exhibition, Yes and Asia legend Geoff Downes will be performing live on Friday 23rd October.
For the first part of this exclusive evening, Roger Dean will be in conversation with Geoff Downes on stage, with Downes performing with Angharad on vocals, for the second half. GD will also encourage audience interaction as he discusses all aspects of his career, including the writing process behind some of the world’s best known hits.
Geoff Downes’ extraordinary career began with The Buggles. Formed with Trevor Horn in 1977. Their first album, The Age of Plastic, was released in 1980. Their single ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, was No. 1 in the singles charts of sixteen countries. In the same year, both Horn and Downes joined Yes and they recorded the album Drama. The following year however, Yes disbanded only to reform again in 1983 without Downes, who had formed Asia in 1981. Asia’s self-titled first album was number 1 for 9 weeks in America, and became the biggest selling album in the world in 1982.
Geoff has been ever present in Asia since 1982, he rejoined Yes in 2011, and he has collaborated with many A list musicians over the years. It will be a fascinating evening, and tickets are selling rapidly.
Box office: 01825 790200 or visit http://www.tradingboundaries.com/product/geoff-downes-friday-23rd-october/read more
I have so many wonderful memories of working with Chris and many of those in recent years. We once spent an entire journey after a gig trying to remember all the lyrics to “my ol man’s a dustman” – we eventually gave up on that one! I’ll miss seeing him looking across the stage – a wink here and a wink there with that Mephistophelean grin particularly if something had gone slightly awry. He was a legendary bassist, loveable funny guy both on and off the stage. He took bass guitar to another level and inspired thousands of others, the undisputed king of the 4 strings. Many will cite Chris as the reason why they picked up the instrument in the first place.
We became close over the last few years, and spent a lot of time together socially as well as on the tours. He was always greatly entertaining with his countless tales of rock and roll, and his own personal spin on life. Despite his imposing figure, he had a really soft, gentle and charitable side. Always magnanimous to band, crew and fans alike. Although essentially captain of the YES ship he displayed very much a laissez-faire attitude towards the band and a nonchalance to life in general. I am eternally grateful that he was a great advocate of my playing and encouraged my own musical contributions. I learnt an enormous amount and gained great confidence from his support.
Many of the funny stories were from airports. His lateness was famous. Back on the Drama tour, we had a private jet and suitcases were always collected early from outside hotel room. Chris had somehow packed his trousers and shirt, turned up at the airport and got on the plane wearing just a long jacket and underpants. “Sorry I’m late” he said, without the slightest hint anything was untoward. Another time we were all waiting to go on stage and – no Chris. Thus followed a panic to find out where he was. He had apparently fallen asleep in the bath and had to get the fire marshall to break down his hotel room door. We ended up taking the stage an hour late, with Chris arriving asking, “Is there a problem”?
But one thing for sure is that he always delivered. The stage was his world. His attention to the minutest details of the music was immense – you certainly couldn’t get away with playing the wrong inversions of the chords anywhere, or anything out of line. He would come over with his inimitable casual fashion and point out ’that’s not quite right’.
As a person he loved life to the full – a glass of wine, fine food, tennis, motor racing, and an enthusiast for everything musical. His thunderous bass rig with the sub Taurus pedals rattling the stages was legendary – the ‘wall of doom’ as it was known housing some 30 speakers dominating an entire side of the stage. He was one of the few bassists who had the audacity to pick up a triple-necked instrument without the slightest hint of irony, and, probably the only one who could actually play the bloody thing!
A musician’s musician. A genius. I’m going to miss him greatly.read more
Geoff Downes better be wearing comfortable shoes, because he’s going to be on the run in 2014. The busy keyboardist just finished a new album with Asia, and is in sessions for another with Yes — with tours for both slated, as well.
Somehow, he’s also made time recently for side projects including DBA with Chris Braide and the New Dance Orchestra’s Electronica.read more
An “Ask YES” Q&A with Geoff has been posted. Read it on Yesworld.read more
Geoff will be participating with Yes at the Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, July 14-17.
Yes Fantasy Camp features:
- Jam with Yes band members: Alan White, Chris Squire, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Steve Howe
- Play in a band led by a Rock Star counselor
- The Ultimate Fan Experience!
- Rehearse and Perform live in Las Vegas!
- Write and record an original song
- Attend master classes with world renowned musicians
- Have an experience of a lifetime
- All instruments and backline provided. Use ours or bring your own
- Daily meals with celebrity musicians and campers
- All experience levels welcome
- Signup now before we’re SOLD OUT!
Coming up on 6 September’s Rockshow 9-11pm (GTFM 107.9 FM or on the web at www.gtfm.co.uk and on BCFM 93.2 www.bcfm.org.uk) we welcome ‘live’ in the studio, Geoff Downes, the keyboard player from Asia and Yes, discussing the new Asia album ‘XXX’, their 30th anniversary, and forthcoming tour and recent touring around the world with Yes. The show is repeated again on Friday 9-11pm on BCFM 93.2 in Bristol.
E-mail questions to Geoff at email@example.com.
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Geoff talks about Asia, Yes and “Video Killed The Radio Star” with Nick DeRiso of Something Else Reviews.read more
Geoff will be on tour with YES (singer Jon Davison, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, and drummer Alan White) in the Americas this summer. Joining them on tour is special guest Procol Harum.
Check out YES’ tour date page for dates and venues.read more
Coming up on this Thursday’s Rockshow (9-11pm on GTFM 107.9 FM or on the web and on BCFM 93.2) we welcome ‘live’ in the studio, Geoff Downes, the keyboard player from Asia and Yes, discussing the new Asia album ‘XXX’, their 30th anniversary, forthcoming tour, and more. E-mail questions for Geoff at email@example.com more
Apologies to y’all for my lack of activity around here, but I’ve been a bit busy with Asia and my new responsibilities with Yes. In connection with which, by public demand, I have brought back the Blog which can be located via this link. As before, if you are stricken with any kind of political correctness, please don’t go there, but if you enjoy irreverance and plain speaking common sense, it may be for you……………… Enjoyread more