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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Geoff Downes of Yes, Asia and The Buggles is Kind of Responsible for MTV

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If known only for being a member of The Buggles, keyboardist Geoff Downes would still have a place in rock history. "Video Killed The Radio Star" was the first video played on MTV way back in 1981. But Downes' greater commercial success came as a member ofAsia and Yes. Currently recording and touring with both bands, Downes is certainly one of the busiest keyboardists around.
From a tour stop in Aspen, Colorado and in anticipation of Yes' show tonight at the Verizon Theater, Downes spoke with DC9 about his four decades in new eave and progressive rock.

You were just in Dallas a few months back touring with Asia.
It just kind of worked out that way. That's just the way things get thrown up sometimes. Neither band did Texas for quite a while before that ,so it's nice to be coming back in very quick succession.
Is it difficult splitting time between Yes and Asia?
At the moment, it's not so difficult, because I had an intense tour with Asia last year and we are taking a little break right now. It's a privilege to play in both bands.
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