Day #1730

Day #1730 Title: Access All Areas
Location: Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo, Japan
Camera: Canon PowerShot G12
Notes: One of the reasons I have stayed so long in Japan for this trip is the British band Asia. In the mid-1990’s, I met my Japanese friend Tomoo via the Asia email discussion group and we have kept in touch ever since. I’ve been a fan of the band since their first album in 1982, when I was too young to be going to gigs on my own. Then they split for a while, with some of the members carrying on with a different vocalist, or pursuing their own solo careers and joining other bands in the meantime. They reformed a few years ago with the original 4 members, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, and have released some great new albums since then. But I had never seen them play live in all that time. So when I told Tomoo about my visit, he advised that if I stayed on for another week after the date I had initially planned to go home, I could see Asia start their 30th Anniversary Tour in Tokyo with two shows! And what’s more, he could get me on the guest list and a backstage pass to meet the band afterwards, as he knows their manager. Of course, I jumped at the chance! So here I am – grinning like a fool – with John Wetton (one of my all-time favourite artists), after the second of two fantastic Asia gigs at the Kokaido. It’s been 30 years in the waiting but what a brilliant way to end my Japanese adventure! Read more about my stay.
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