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Post Paul Gilbert in Asia...
...or almost!

Read this:

New Asia guitarist Sam Coulson says replacing Steve Howe hasn’t changed him.

The 26-year-old guitarist, who was hired after Howe surprised fans by announcing his departure in January, has vowed to remain true to his predecessor’s approach – although he’ll apply his own character to the music.

In a recent web chat with fans Coulson says: “Steve has a great classical-style vibrato which sounds great. My own method has always been the sort of Eric Clapton approach, moving the string more horizontally. I feel technical changes like this will give the band perhaps a heavier edge.

He reveals he got the job after Asia had asked Paul Gilbert to consider taking it. “Paul put my name forward,” he explains. “When he told me, I was over the moon.”

Coulson is already at work on Asia’s next album, Valkyrie, and says it’s been a positive experience. “It’s been a challenge to learn some of Steve’s licks,” he admits. “However, the guys are very encouraging when it comes to stretching out with my own ideas in some solo secant, which I am very pleased about.

“Sure, there is always pressure being the new gig in an established band, but I feel pressure helps me bring my A-game, so to speak.”

“I’ve enjoyed getting to know the band on a personal level. It feels fantastic to be part of a world-renowned band and I’m grateful for that. Apart from that, my life hasn’t changed a huge amount, – I still go about life as usual.”

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Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:16 pm
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Post Re: Paul Gilbert in Asia...
Ha! That would have been too ironic even for Alanis if PG had accepted:

Asia (with Paul Gilbert)

Asia Featuring John Payne (with Bruce Bouillet)

But the chance even for that irony seems to have passed, as the Payne version now has Moni Scaria and Jeff Kollman on guitar (I know the latter from Cosmosquad, he's great).


Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:06 pm
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What?

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Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:40 pm
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Post Re: Paul Gilbert in Asia...
Two versions of the same band, each with one RX guitarist?


Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:50 pm
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Post Re: Paul Gilbert in Asia...
Well, so much for this being the original Asia line-up. Oh well. I'm not real surprised.

It looks like Steve Howe still has his hands full with several other bands.

Yes. I'm just now reading about this.

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