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Remember that OTHER supergroup of the '80s?



When you think supergroups of the '80s, Asia is always one of the ones that is mentioned the most. John Wetton sang lead on all of Asia's big hits but Asia was not the only supergroup that Wetton played in during the '80s. You could say that Wetton's propensity for being in supergroups was quite the Phenomena in the '80s.

In 1984, record producer Tom Galley and his guitarist brother Mel Galley (Whitesnake) joined forces to make a concept music album based off some short stories that Tom had authored. With mystical and fantasy themes, they formed Phenomena and recruited singers to tell their story. In 1986, they made a follow up concept album Phenomena 2: Dream Runner and recruited Asia singer John Wetton to sing. The single Did It All For Love sounds just like Asia in its prime and was made into a video with the band performing and watching the "concept" on screen. The story line of Phenomena 2: Dream Runner remains vague although a good guess would be that a jukebox is key to the story.

Phenomena would produce a total of six albums from 1984 to 2012 and recruited other big names such as Queen's Brian May to participate, although the last three were done without Mel Galley as he died in 2008 of cancer.

[Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2016 12:03pm]


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