John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes are two icons of british Rock Music. Their pedigree speaks for themselves with a career spent in such bands are King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music, Buggles, yes and of course ASIA, the supergroup the two of them founded in 1981.
After several years when the two went their separate ways, the couple rejoined in the year 2002 and soon gave birth to the ICON project with the release of the self-titled debut album. Hailed by fans and critics as their best work in years, John and Geoff released a sophomore album entitled “Rubicon”, before putting together again the original ASIA lineup for a brand new record “Phoenix” released in 2008.
“3” is Wetton/Downes Icon brand new album. A record where the power of Geoff Downes’ keyboards and John Wetton’s jaw-dropping voice and stellar bass playing are enhanced by compelling guitar virtuoso Dave Kilminster, fresh from successful tours with Roger Waters and Keith Emerson. Former ELO Cellist Hugh McDowell, whose unique sound has helped frame all three iCon studio releases, is once again involved. Rounding out the band is Pete Riley, considered one of the “best drummers in the world”, whose work with Keith Emerson, Kilminster and extensive live and session work shows an extraordinary breadth and depth of style.
Special guests: renowned harpist Andreas Wolleweider and Anne Marie Helder (Karnataka, Mostly Autumn) dueting on vocals with John Wetton.
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