ASIA's "Heat of the Moment Tour" is coming to the Ridgefield Playhouse on July 3rd, 2024. Ahead of this exciting show, ASIA original member Geoff Downes called the I-95 Morning Show to talk about the gig and his amazing career.

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Dave: Your keyboard work in the Buggles was the very first thing to play on MTV. You were in the Buggles, YES and ASIA, that is one hell of a resume. Of those three bands, which gave you the most fond memories? 

Geoff: "Certainly I could never forget because the big break was with Trevor Horn and myself with the Buggles. I think that we worked so hard, again to create something that was a bit different. You know we weren't just regular pop guys making, churning out pop records we were trying to do something different and in a way it was progressive, it was progressive pop. I've also got a strong affiliation with, we were both a couple of musicians and now we managed to create and craft our careers which diverged after a period of time with Trevor becoming a world-class record producer and I was becoming, you know, playing with all these great bands. So, when I go back to the roots I think Trevor and I were staying up all night and working on this stuff in these little studios and trying to make it all happen. That is obviously something I feel very strongly about but I also think back to working with the guys in YES and it was an amazing experience working with guys like Chris Squire and Alan White and then of course, joining ASIA shortly after that. Then, forming the writing partnership with John (Wetton). I've been very privileged, every day I wake up in the morning and think I have lived a privileged life being able to work with all these amazing musicians."

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Lou: Are you a legacy guy? What do you want to be remembered for?

Geoff: "That I made people happy. Music is all about bringing people together, making people happy and if I've done that even to a small level then I'm very happy to say that you know that would be my contribution thankfully and I'd be satisfied with that." 

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You can listen to our entire interview with Geoff Downes below. We also spoke about his friendship with late ASIA singer John Wetton, Wetton's widow defending the band and what people can expect from the upcoming gig at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

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