Asia's debut album exploded onto the music scene in April,1982, and was the best-selling album in the world of that year. Featuring Geoff Downes on keyboards; Steve Howe on guitar; Carl Palmer on drums; and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass; Asia was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70s - Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK, and The Buggles.
The original ASIA reformed in 2006 for the first time in 23 years . "It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awakened with fresh energy, direction and purpose," says Wetton. "As with any new Asia album, putting it all together presents something of a challenge," says Geoff Downes. " Everyone involved rose way above and beyond this challenge. There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it."
For ASIA's long-devoted fans, the band's return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough. As Palmer says: "Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call ASIA."
Official Website: originalasia.com
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