John Payne
John Payne
John Payne is a British musician, best known as the lead singer and bassist of Asia from 1992 to 2006 and from June 2007 with ASIA Featuring John Payne. John Payne became the frontman of Asia in 1992 at the invitation of founding member Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. During Payne's tenure, ASIA released 8 studio albums, several live album and toured internationally. He is a founding and current member of modern progressive rock band GPS.
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Interview: 'Brooklyn Comedy Festival' Founders
Huffington Post - 6 months
Brooklyn Comedy Festival kicks off a week from tomorrow. Each year, the festival showcases both established and up-and-coming performers from every realm of comedy, including sketch, standup, improv, and podcast. This is the first year to integrate a short-film festival "Kickstarter Presents Brooklyn Comedy Festival: SHORTS." A boozy brunch showing comedy shorts from UCB, comedy celebs like Carrie McCrossen? Yes please. The first Festival event is Sunday, August 21st at 9pm. Comedy continues until the following Sunday (28th), concluding with a Super Mario sendoff (90's Sunday Wrap Party). The Brooklyn Comedy Festival was founded by producer Ashleigh Walker and performers Julian Kiani and Chris Nester. I sat down with Ashleigh and Julian at their Greenpoint headquarters to find out more! Did you have any additional costs this year? [Julian] Every year we increase what we're trying to do operationally. It still remains a pretty tight staff. We have a great group of people wh ...
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Maureen O'Hara: The Roads to Recognition, Co-Starring Lillian Gish and Robert Altman
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"This is what it's all about." -- Harvey Weinstein to Benedict Cumberbatch and director Morten Tyldum on leaving the Governors Awards, November 9, 2014 * * * The midnight blue of the bracing Idaho sky was the color of her beaded gown, reflecting the sparkle in her green eyes. The legendary red hair was perfectly coiffed; the tasteful diamond bracelets added a touch of glamour. The high-powered audience, gathered in the heart of Hollywood at the beginning of awards season, suddenly quieted as the evening began with a film tribute honoring the ravishingly beautiful actress who never gave less than a perfect performance in her seven-decade career. Martin Scorsese defined her impact: "She started at the very top, at age 18, starring with and working with the best and most brilliant-- only to remain there." After Liam Neeson reflected on his infatuation in seeing THE QUIET MAN, and Clint Eastwood, as a Universal contract player, told of his attempts to get close to LADY GODIVA, ...
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Missouri Considers Repealing Harsh Possession Laws To Allow Recreational Marijuana Use
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In Missouri, which has some of the nation's harshest marijuana laws, there are two separate efforts underway to legalize marijuana for recreational use. A bill filed last week by Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) would allow adults over age 21 to legally possess up to a pound of marijuana or hashish for personal use, and to grow up to eight cannabis plants at home. The bill, HB 1659, would also set up a system of licensed dispensaries, where every county could have one pot dispensary for every 2,500 people. The bill would also impose a 25 percent tax on sales of cannabis at the wholesale level. Kelly told The Huffington Post that his experience as a circuit judge changed his position on legalization. "I saw a lot of marijuana cases," he said. Currently in Missouri, you can spend up to a year in prison for possession of a single joint, even if it's your first offense. In 2011, about 20,000 people were busted for marijuana crimes in the state, and over 90 percent of those arrests were ...
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Gweek 069: Ned Vizzini, author of The Other Normals and writer for Last Resort
Boing Boing - over 4 years
Click here to play this episode. Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My guest this week is Ned Vizzini, an award winning author and television writer with a new young adult novel called The Other Normals. He’s written for the New York Times, Salon, and the L Magazine. In television, he has written for Season 2 of MTV's Teen Wolf and currently writes for ABC's Last Resort. He is the co-author, with Chris Columbus, of the forthcoming fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets. (The drawing above is from Ned's Flickr account. It was drawn by his wife, Sabra Embury, and is in the set "Art from and Inspired by 'The Other Normals.'" Ned says: "This is a fish-monster (or batrachian) in the book drawn by my wife. In the book they actually have legs. My wife says, 'That was my attempt to help you visualize one of the characters.'") In this episode, we talked about: The ...
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Unusual Suspects
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
A film noir lineup boasting dangerous desires. by Jamie S. Rich ONE OF THE MAJOR TROPES of film noir is that the past is inescapable: No matter how far you try to run, what you've done will catch up with you. So it's both fitting and ironic that the noir aesthetic would survive this far into the future. Its continued popularity ensures its history never dissipates, even as the clocks perpetually run out for its antiheroes. For anyone looking for a genre crash course in noir, you couldn't do better than "Dangerous Desire: Film Noir Classics," a four-weekend festival at the Northwest Film Center. They'll be showing a dozen films, spanning 1942 to 1954, and featuring many rare gems not available on DVD. Of the series, the most well-known are probably 1946's The Blue Dahlia and 1942's The Glass Key, both featuring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. The blond stars make an attractive duo and have a knack for the rapid-fire patter that's the ...
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Kim John Payne: No More Mr. Rogers: How Simplicity Parenting is the Way to Prepare Kids for a Complex Future
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By now, we are all familiar with the conversation about American parenting and the concern with overscheduling. And there is a growing consensus that maybe our kids really are being run ragged by the pressure to perform and, to our credit, we are looking into the problem. But at the same time, we are talking about extending the school year, hitting the same old panic button over our sinking test scores and our (in)ability to compete in the world market. Until we see clearly what our goals are and how to meet them, we will forever be on this rollercoaster of trying to zoom ahead and then putting on the breaks -- a life of whiplash for American families. So what can we agree on? We all know we must prepare our kids for The Future. President Obama says this: The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we could ...
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Charity Curley Mathews: A Surprising Way to Cut Dinnertime Stress
Huffington Post - over 4 years
There's a hilarious someecard circulating on Pinterest with a woman hunched over the arm of a chair in despair. The caption reads "Why do they want dinner every single night?" It's funny... because it's true. But it doesn't have to be so hard. I recently read about an idea that could change the anxiety level in our kitchen for good. In his book Simplicity Parenting, Kim John Payne suggests making a set menu every week: pasta on Mondays, chicken on Tuesdays, tacos on Wednesdays, and so on. The point is to alleviate arguments with the little guys about what's for dinner and make the whole thing easier for you to plan. At first this idea sounded restrictive to me, but it's actually more flexible than one might think. Just consider how many ways there are to make chicken: grilled lemon chicken, slow cooker Tex-Mex chicken and many, many more. The point is to easily put together dinner by narrowing the playing field. If a whole week's worth of routine is too much, and it migh ...
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House Agenda for June 25 - 28
Doylestown-Buckingham-New Britai - over 4 years
The House returns to session on Monday, June 25. A live web stream of House session and the majority of committee meetings is available at  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Information has been supplied by the office of Rep. Mike Turzai, Republican Majority Leader. Enacting a state budget The House, Senate and governor have agreed to spend approximately $27.656 billion for next year’s state budget; the funding level is sustainable, less than inflation, and below the 2008-09 spending of $28.3 billion. House budget priorities have been funding K-12 education, including an expanded Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC); higher education; and county human service programs. The Weekly Schedule Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP. ...
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Fatal Pontefract crash caused by elderly driver’s ‘unexplained lapse’
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
An elderly driver who killed his long-term partner when he lost concentration and collided with another car has been spared jail. John Payne, 77, did not have a licence when he caused the crash that killed much-loved market trader Mary Banks, 78, Leeds Crown Court heard. He suffered a “momentary, unexplained lapse” while travelling with Mrs Banks on the A645 Featherstone to Pontefract Road on the afternoon of April 23 last year, prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said. A witness had already seen him swerve shortly before his car veered into the path of a car being driven by Christine Searby. Mr Sharp said: “The proximity of the cars meant that Mrs Searby was quite unable to avoid the consequent collision. The two vehicles collided head on and each sustained severe frontal damage. “Of greater significance, though, were the injuries suffered by the drivers and passengers.” Mrs Searby suffered fractures to her sternum, ribs, spine and wrist. Mrs Banks, of Mill Hill, Pontefract, survived the ...
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SFD Knocks Down Sunday Night Garage Fire
Salem Patch - almost 5 years
All photos Courtesy Dan Saffron. The Salem Fire Department (SFD) battled a fire that extended to multiple garages Sunday night. No injuries were reported. At 10:58 p.m. Sunday, SFD said they received a 911 call for a structure fire in the area of 57 Ocean Ave. Engines 1 and 5 as well as Ladder 1 and C-4 initially responded to Ocean Avenue. After receiving additional calls, the location was updated to 33 Hazel St., according to the fire department. "Upon arrival, Dep. Chief Glen Beaudet reported heavy smoke showing from a two-story garage at 33 Hazel with fire extending to another garage located at the rear of 28 Linden St. He declared a 'working fire,' which added Engines 2 and 4 to the response," the fire department reported. Once the location of the fire was determined, the crew of Engine 5 — Lt. Tim Flynn and Firefighters Ed O'Keefe and Rich LeBlanc as well as the crew of Ladder 1 — Capt. Dennis Levasseur, Lt. Pat Tobin and Firefighters Pat Burke and Paul Michaud and En ...
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Hildred keeps up amazing squash title sequence
Boston Standard - almost 5 years
MARK Hildred had to come from two games down to be crowned Boston Squash and Racketball Club’s club champion... his 23rd consecutive title. He beat Chris Clements in a five-set thriller as the club’s season came to a climax. The annual club championships are always a popular event, and a good crowd gathered for the finals, at which Rusty Wright was named most improved player of the season. The racketball finals started the evening off. In the over 45s competition, Bob Pearson played a very steady and effective game to defeat Stuart Dunlop 3-0, to become the first winner of this new event. This was followed by the main racketball final, in which Jon Hull defeated Gary Fitzsimmons. Jon won the first game comfortably 11-4, as Gary was probably feeling the effects of a very hard-fought semi-final victory on the Friday night against defending champion Ady Proctor. Gary fought back in the next two, but Jon proved just too strong, winning out 11-8, 11-8 to record a 3-0 victory an ...
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Gun found in Leeds teenager’s cannabis stash
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
POLICE found an antique revolver hidden among a stash of cannabis when they raided a teenager’s home in Leeds. John Payne was spared a minimum three-year jail sentence usually handed to a minor caught in possession of a firearm after a court heard the weapon was 150 years old and would normally be classed as a “curio”. Payne, who was aged 17 at the time of the offence, was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of cannabis with intent to supply. Police executed a search warrant at Payne’s home on Kentmere Approach, Seacroft, on June 3 last year and found the Colt .38 calibre revolver along with 47 bags of cannabis, which had a street value of £337. Adam Birkby, prosecuting, said the gun was made in 1861 and the bullets for it was obsolete, having last been produced in 1940. Mr Birkby said: “In the opinion of the police experts this firearm was an antique, or it would be if it was possessed as a ...
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Kim John Payne: Why the Ritalin Debate Is Asking the Wrong Question: Healing Our Kids' Soul Fever With Simplicity
The Huffington Post - almost 5 years
We wouldn't expect our child to heal from an illness by going about their daily lives, yet we are hesitant to make changes in the home that can benefit our overwhelmed kids. Why?
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The Digital Postal Mail Revolution, Will it Speed the Demise of the US Postal ... - What They Think
Google News - over 5 years
John Payne of Zumbox talks about what's ahead. Cary Sherburne is a well-known author, journalist and marketing consultant whose practice is focused on marketing communications strategies for the printing and publishing industries
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Eagle Point says “no” to RPS higher density plan - Upper Rogue Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Community member John Payne, who has been involved with the Showa exchange since it began a number of y ears ago, addressed the council strongly urging one or more representing Eagle Point to attend the Showa event. Mayor Bob Russell expressed interest
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Video: Deerfield River rises to level of Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne -
Google News - over 5 years
The volume of water that is flowing into the Berkshires is causing small streams in Franklin County, John Payne, chairman of the Board of Selectmen for Shelburne. There are concerns about the Haraman Dam. Soon water may overflow the top and it could
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Payne
  • 2014
    Age 56
    In September 2014, Payne sued the Producers after being suspended in May 2014 and an undisclosed settlement was made out of court.
    More Details Hide Details The show has since been re-written and has moved to The Tropicana. Payne currently is writing and casting his new musical. He has been managed by Don Arden, Simon Napier-Bell, the late Barry Solomon and Bill Curbishley.
  • 2012
    Age 54
    Co-Written with his friend, producer and industry pioneer, David Kershenbaum, their initial show was at "The Mayan Theater" in Los Angeles in November 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The cast featured ex members of Heart, Asia, Guns N' Roses, Quiet Riot, MSG and Badfinger. In January of 2013 they secured a full-time show at the LVH Hotel and Casino (formerly The Hilton) in Las Vegas. Payne also recruited Jon Anderson, Lou Gramm, Joe Lynn Turner, Bobby Kimball and Mickey Thomas to guest in the show. The show garnered much acclaim becoming #1 Performance in Vegas on Trip-Advisor and in April 2014 #1 Vegas Musical (Best of Vegas).
    In 2012 Payne Co-Created the Vegas Musical "Raiding The Rock Vault" after his ex manager Simon Napier-Bell came up with the idea of a touring troop of famous musicians playing the best classic rock covers.
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  • 2010
    Age 52
    In May 2010, Payne's likeness was used in an episode of Family Guy ("The Splendid Source").
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    In May 2010, Payne sang "Heaven and Hell" as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio at Dio's memorial service, at the request of Dio's family.
    More Details Hide Details Guest vocal credits include "Song for You" by the Swiss rock band Lunatica, three albums by keyboardist Lisa LaRue and "Galactic Collective" by Erik Norlander. On his own and as part of ASIA, Payne has engineered or produced many acts and albums including The Boys, The Passion and Colin Blunstone. Payne has toured with Kansas, Peter Frampton, Styx, Paul Rodgers, Dio, Uriah Heep, Night Ranger, The Fixx, Berlin, The Outfield, Ted Nugent and David Lee Roth. In the recording studio, Payne has also worked with Mike Oldfield, Simon Phillips and Steve Howe. Payne sang for the Michelob USA "Nightmoves" TV campaign in 1987. Payne has scored music for the film The Darkness and, with Downes, the salmon documentary for the BBC Prince of Tides. As a solo artist, Payne sang the title track to the film The American Way. Within Asia, he also sang the lead track "Lay Down Your Arms" on Freddie as F.R.O.7, an 1991 animated UK film.
  • 2009
    Age 51
    In 2009, Payne released an EP entitled "Architects of Time".
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    In 2009, an EP entitled "Military Man" was released with re-recordings of Payne-era Asia tracks "Military Man" and "Long Way from Home" and an Erik Norlander solo composition "Neurosaur", performed by Govan, Payne, Norlander and Schellen.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, a CD entitled "Recollections" was released, a cover album of UK Progressive Rock songs. As well as Producer, Vocalist and Bassist, Payne played most of the keyboards and some guitars. He was joined by Moni Scaria, Jeff Kollman and Jay Schellen. Also the video for the first single "Eye in The Sky" was shot in Vegas and includes an appearance from Alan Parsons. In January of 2015 their long time manager Barry Solomon died unexpectedly from a heart attack at only 51. 2015. Work restarted on the long-awaited "Americana" CD and tour dates were booked from July. In 2007, John formed Devgel Records and issued several albums of past solo work, including "C.C.C.P.", "The Passion" and Different Worlds which features essential recordings from Payne's history including his work with Asia, GPS, and his solo work including "Ride The Storm", "Song For You", and a cover of the Eagles hit "One of These Nights".
  • 2007
    Age 49
    A live album Extended Versions by Asia Featuring John Payne, was released in fall 2007, drawn from a December 2005 live show in Sweden with Downes, Schellen, Payne and Govan.
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    Asia Featuring John Payne debuted in 2007 with Payne on vocals/bass, Guthrie Govan on guitar, Erik Norlander on keyboards and Jay Schellen on drums.
    More Details Hide Details This line-up toured the US through 2008. In 2009, Govan was replaced by Mitch Perry and North American touring has continued through 2010. A studio album, originally called "Architect of Time" is underway and expected for release in 2010.
  • 2006
    Age 48
    On 9 May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne could continue his 14-year legacy with Asia as "Asia Featuring John Payne".
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    When Downes split in 2006, Payne owned a significant portion of the rights to the band name "Asia".
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    In February 2006, Downes and Payne separated when Downes joined a reunion of the original Asia line-up.
    More Details Hide Details Payne, Govan and Schellen formed a new band, GPS, recruiting Ryo Okumoto of Spock's Beard on keys. An album "Window to the Soul" was released in 2006 and the band did a small scale tour with dates in the UK, US (Rosfest) and Japan. A new album, tentatively entitled "Dreamscape" was due in late 2010 or early 2011 but as of February 2014 has not been released.
  • 1999
    Age 41
    After the departure of John Wetton, Geoff Downes invited Payne to join the band as lead singer, bassist, co-writer and co-producer. Payne and Geoff Downes continued together as Asia for 15 years, with several line-ups around them, until they stuck with Guthrie Govan (guitar) and Chris Slade (drums) in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details This line-up persisted through 2005, when Slade departed to be replaced by Jay Schellen.
  • 1991
    Age 33
    Payne was considered for a position in ELO Part II on guitar and vocals. For a year prior to joining Asia in 1991, he was chosen to replace Jeff Lynne as the lead vocalist in ELO, later to be named ELO Part II, but left because of protracted negotiations over the name.
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  • 1986
    Age 28
    In 1986, he recorded a silver selling record with the band CCCP in Scandinavia.
    More Details Hide Details CCCP was a group that featured John on lead vocals with Johnny Cash's stepdaughter Carlene Carter sharing vocal duties. He provided backing vocals on several solo albums by Roger Daltrey, including Under a Raging Moon (1985) and Can't Wait to See the Movie (1987). Back in England, he and keyboardist Andy Nye (from the Michael Schenker Group) formed The Passion, enlisting the services of drummer Clive Burr (Iron Maiden), bassist Mel Gabbitas and the ex-Mike Oldfield guitarist Ant Glynne.
  • 1958
    Age 0
    Born on September 29, 1958.
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