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Sunday 16 September 2018
Concert The Aristocrats (o.v.b.), Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer
|Genre||Progressive / Neoprog / RIO|
|Omschrijving||For anyone who finds the music of Asia too progressive for their taste, be assured that this release from John Wetton and Geoff Downes always lands firmly on the AOR side of the rock fence.
Icon Zero is a repackaged edition of the 2002 Wetton Downes album that was a collection of a bunch of demo tracks and outtakes recorded by the duo. Presumably the new title indicates a desire to position this as the precursor to their Icon project, although the material here dates from after Asia’s split in the 1980s, long before the first Icon album was even a twinkle in either party’s eye, eventually emerging in 2005. There’s certainly no mistaking the vintage of these songs as everything is smothered in synthesisers and electronic drums.|