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Geoffrey Downes (born August 25, 1952 in Stockport, Cheshire, England) is a rock keyboard player. He is best known as the keyboardist for the band Asia, and his stint with Yes in 1980. When he was a Keyboardist for The Buggles, he would play with 3 or more keyboards to achieve that New Wave sound. At least 2 on each side he had with two or more on each side of the keyboards he played. He was once entered for the Guinness Book Of Records for performing with most keyboards (28) on stage in one performance.

The son of musical parents (his father was a church organist and his mother a pianist), Downes also took up the keyboards and played in a succession of local bands. He attended Stockport Grammar School before studying at music college in Leeds. After graduating he moved to London, where he played sessions and composed advertising jingles. A 1977 appearance live with the Gary Boyle band was released as Live at the BBC by Isotope & Gary Boyle in 2004.

In 1976, he met Trevor Horn while auditioning for pop singer Tina Charles' band. They continued to work together, eventually forming The Buggles in a successful attempt to have a hit single ("Video Killed the Radio Star"). He hardly sang in The Buggles but he provided some vocals for their song "Clean Clean" and actually sang "Kid Dynamo." He had a pretty deep voice.

The success of The Buggles led to Downes and Horn joining Yes for one album (Drama) and the associated tour. Surprisingly, Downes was the first member of the band to have completed a music degree. Yes then split at the beginning of 1981. Downes subsequently joined forces with Yes' Steve Howe, Carl Palmer (from ELP) and John Wetton (from King Crimson) to form Asia in 1981. Asia was an immediate success upon the release of its eponymous debut record in 1982, and has formed the backbone of Downes's career since then. For many years, he remained the only founder member of the band. In recent years, Downes has teamed up with Wetton in a separate project under the 'Icon' banner.

In addition to recording and touring with Asia, Downes has also recorded a number of solo albums and collaborated with many other artists, including Glenn Hughes, Trapeze in 1991 for a tour that produced the live album Welcome to the Real World, and a brief appearance on Kate Bush's Sat in Your Lap. In 2005, he joined Yes drummer Alan White's eponymous band White.

He has also worked extensively as a producer with such acts as Mike Oldfield, The Thompson Twins and GTR. As a songwriter, he has written for such acts as diverse as Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA), Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe, and the rapper, Styles. In 2006, the Asia song "Heat Of The Moment" was used as the principal song in the blockbuster film "A Forty Year Old Virgin."

Currently, Downes is performing with the 4 original members of Asia again, and the band are embarking on a series of concerts around the World in 2007 to celebrate their 25th Anniversary.

Ride the Tiger was a project involving Downes and Greg Lake. The pair had worked together during Lake's brief stint in Asia and subsequently recorded material together. Drums on the sessions were by Lake's former band mate in King Crimson, Michael Giles. Nothing was released at the time, although some tracks later turned up on Lake's anthologies From The Beginning—The Greg Lake Retrospective (1997) and From the Underground Vol. II—Deeper Into the Mine. Some of the material from the project was re-worked by Asia (on Aqua) and by ELP (on Black Moon).

In an interview conducted December 2006[1], Downes said the three players who had inspired him were Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson and especially David Sinclair. In the same interview, he identified his favourite Asia tracks as "Only Time will Tell", "Wildest Dreams", "Open Your Eyes" and "Voice of America".

In addition to recording and touring with Asia, Downes has also recorded a number of solo albums and collaborated with other artists, including with Trapeze in 1991 for a tour that produced the live album Welcome to the Real World, and a very brief appearance on Kate Bush's Sat in Your Lap. In 2005, he joined Yes drummer Alan White's eponymous band White.

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Yes
Members Current: Steve Howe · Alan White · Geoff Downes · Billy Sherwood · Jon Davison
Former: Chris Squire · Jon Anderson · Peter Banks · Bill Bruford · Tony Kaye · Rick Wakeman · Patrick Moraz · Trevor Horn · Trevor Rabin · Igor Khoroshev · Benoit David · Oliver Wakeman
Studio albums Yes · Time And A Word · The Yes Album · Fragile · Close To The Edge · Tales From Topographic Oceans · Relayer · Going For The One · Tormato · Drama · 90125 · Big Generator · Union · Talk · Keys To Ascension · Keys To Ascension 2 · Open Your Eyes · The Ladder · Magnification · Fly From Here · Heaven & Earth
Live albums Yessongs · Yesshows · 9012Live: The Solos · Keys To Ascension · Keys To Ascension 2 · House Of Yes: Live From House Of Blues · Symphonic Live · Live At Montreux 2003 · Union Live · In the Present – Live from Lyon · Songs from Tsongas · Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome · Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center · Topographic Drama – Live Across America · Yes 50 Live · The Royal Affair Tour – Live From Las Vegas
Compilations Yesterdays · 2 Originals Of Yes · Classic Yes · Yesstory · Affirmative: The Yes Solo Family Album · Highlights: The Very Best Of Yes · Symphonic Music Of Yes · Yes Active · Tales From Yesterday · Something's Coming: The BBC Recordings 1969-1970 · Keys To Ascension Volumes 1 And 2 · Yes, Friends And Relatives · Astral Traveller · Yes, Friends And Relatives Vol. 2 · The Masterworks · The Best Of Yes · Sweet Dreams · Keystudio · Yes-Today · Roundabout: The Best Of Yes Live · The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection · YesFamily - Owner Of A Lonely Heart · Topography · The Solid Gold Collection · The Definitive Rock Collection · Greatest Hits Live · Roundabout & Other Hits · Introducing Yes · Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes · Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes (reissue)
Box sets Yesyears · In A Word: Yes (1969 - ) · The Word Is Live · Essentially Yes · Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two · High Vibration · The Studio Albums 1969–1987
Remixes Twelve Inches On Tape · Yes Remixes
Promos and Rarities Yessolos · ABWH Sampler · Eight Cuts From Yesyears · Symphonic Music Of Yes Promo CD
EPs Yours Is No Disgrace · Roundabout · Owner Of A Lonely Heart · From a Page
Singles "Sweetness" · "Looking Around" · "Time and a Word" · "Sweet Dreams" · "Your Move" · "Roundabout" · "America" · "And You and I" · "Roundabout (Live)" · "Soon" · "Wonderous Stories" · "Going for the One" · "Don't Kill the Whale" · "Release, Release" · "Into the Lens" · "Owner of a Lonely Heart" · "Leave It" · "It Can Happen" · "Rhythm of Love" · "Love Will Find a Way" · "Lift Me Up" · "Saving My Heart" · "I Would Have Waited Forever" · "Make It Easy" · "The Calling" · "Walls" · "Open Your Eyes" · "Lightning Strikes" · "We Can Fly"
Videos and DVDs Yessongs · 9012 Live · Live At Q.P.R. 1975 Vol. 1 · Live At Q.P.R. 1975 Vol. 2 · Yesyears - A Retrospective · Keys To Ascension · Musikladen Live - Yes · House Of Yes: Live From House Of Blues · Symphonic Live · Live In Philadelphia · Fragile · YesSpeak · Greatest Video Hits · EP · Yes Acoustic · The Extraordinary World Of Yes · Inside Yes: 1968-1973 · 35th Anniversary Edition: YesSpeak/Yes Acoustic · Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert · Live At Montreux 2003 · Classic Artists: Yes · Yesspeak Live: The Director's Cut · The Lost Broadcasts · Rock of the 70's · Union Live · In the Present – Live from Lyon · Live Hemel Hempstead Pavilion October 3rd 1971 · Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome · Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center
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