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    Classic Songs and Musicianship: Journey/ASIA Concert Review

    I saw another classic rock show last night.
    I saw Journey and ASIA in Huntington, WV.
    This was another sold out show at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, or the Huntington Civic Center, as I still call it.
    ASIA played a solid 45 minute set, playing their hits, such as Sole Survivor and Heat Of The Moment, and even fit in a drum and keyboard solo.
    They are all very good musicians.
    Although I think they were solid, once Journey came on, I almost forgot about ASIA.
    Journey just completely rocked the place.
    Their drummer, Steve Smith, was/is worth the price of admission alone.
    I’m not extremely wild about drum solos anymore, but I could watch him forever.
    All of them are such great musicians, and seem to be having fun, which I always love seeing.
    Guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain both follow me on Twitter!
    Neal likes almost every tweet I send him.
    Jonathan even replied to me after I sent him some pics I took of the show.
    They played several of their hits, but also played solos and jammed a little, which was great.
    Neal Schon is definitely one of the best guitarists ever. Smiling a lot, but also, playing his heart out.
    Ross Valory is a solid bassist.
    Jonathan Cain is a great keyboardist and singer as well. He also plays rhythm guitar.
    And then there is singer Arnel Pineda.
    He sounds very much like former Journey singer Steve Perry, which is quite uncanny.
    No, he is not lip syncing.
    He especially has a great time onstage.
    If you’re a fan of Journey, there is nothing about this show you would not like.
    So, in short, another great concert.
    My next one is tonight, when I see most of The Grateful Dead members under their banner Dead and Company, with John Mayer doing Jerry Garcia’s parts.
    Have a great day everyone.

    Journey Band Members:

    ASIA Band Members:

    Journey Set List:

    1. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
    2. Be Good To Yourself
    3. Only The Young
    4. Neal Guitar Solo
    5. Stone In Love
    6. Anyway You Want It
    7. Neal Guitar Jam
    8. Lights
    9. Jonathan Keyboard Solo
    10. Open Arms
    11. Who’s Crying Now
    12. Escape
    13. La Do Da
    14. Steve Drum Solo
    15. Neal Guitar Solo 2
    16. Wheel In The Sky
    17. Faithfully
    18. Don’t Stop Believin’
    19. Encore:  Dead or Alive
    20. Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’

    ASIA Set List:

    1. Wildest Dreams
    2. Sole Survivor
    3. Time Again
    4. Don’t Cry
    5. Drum Solo
    6. Keyboard Solo
    7. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
    8. Only Time Will Tell
    9. Heat Of The Moment

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