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There is more than one band named Asia.

1) Asia is a that was formed in the spring of 1981 by bassist and vocalist John Wetton (from King Crimson and UK), guitarist Steve Howe (from Yes), drummer Carl Palmer (from Emerson, Lake & Palmer), and keyboardist Geoffrey Downes (from Buggles and Yes). The band sold over nine million albums worldwide with their first release, ‘Asia’, which included the international rock hits “Heat of the Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell”.

Drawing inspiration from eccentric as well as tuneful and other sources, the band’s first album was certified multi-platinum, and the follow-up, ‘Alpha’, proved almost as popular, boosted immensely by success of the U.S. number one hit “Don’t Cry.” Still, the mix of commitments of the band’s members contributed to group instability, as did corporate pressure for continual sales. Frontman John Wetton left the band completely in late 1983, sporadically returning in later stints. By 1990, Asia released its fourth album, called ‘Then & Now’, with the only original member Geoffrey Downes continuing under the band’s name along new bassist, vocalist, and producer John Payne.

Asia / Asia featuring John Payne toured and released marginally commercially successful albums, the last being the band’s 11th album ‘Silent Nation’. Said record notably included guitarist Guthrie Govan and drummer Chris Slade (from AC/DC). The original band emerged from its ashes, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the original formation that brought it success in 1982.


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  • Epsilon_X2008

    I love how their greatest hits albums have like half of the debut album on them

    11 Aug 4:19pm Reply
  • Pericott

    Is the Lady Gaga dog

    1 Aug 2:20am Reply
  • aldrignedigen

    Such a neat band, seriously. I dont listen to Yes, Wishbone Ash, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and The Buggles, but Asia is something different!

    25 Jul 5:13am Reply
  • PanyaTanina

    Heat of the Moment <3

    21 Jul 7:32am Reply
  • oOTheDoctorOo

    Supernatural introduced me to Asia and now I absolutely love their music.

    20 Jun 8:26pm Reply
  • Emiley831

    Hello =]

    8 Jun 2:30am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    хотя на omega была парочка средней паршивости песен

    14 May 3:04pm Reply
  • Tsauro

    Their cover of Tull's Locomotive Breath is wonderful, awesome, & hilarious all at the same time.

    1 May 8:55pm Reply

    Nice! :-) Spank!

    19 Apr 8:16am Reply
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    15 Apr 7:01am Reply
  • Chuzhbogh

    I just've listened the their new album and almost felt asleep. They have great cover artworks but the music is extremely boring if you're under the age of 60.

    26 Mar 7:41am Reply
  • Mitya

    Can we get the picture with Pat Thrall off the front page, please? (Nothing personal, but come on.)

    21 Mar 5:47pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    отвратительная скука, как могли герои 70-х так опуститься десятилетием позже, причем все сразу - это вообще хуй знает

    7 Mar 10:23am Reply
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    27 Feb 9:56pm Reply
  • VanillaDragon

    I swear when it comes to album covers Asia has got to be one of my all time faves. If i could get all their album covers on t-shirts, i totally would

    27 Feb 1:21am Reply
  • marsweston

    Asia from South Dakota is amazing.

    19 Feb 3:17am Reply
  • silvertree

    What or who the hell is Tuesday and Dean Winchester?

    31 Jan 9:19am Reply
  • AlexChaus

    Best of the Best

    18 Jan 1:24pm Reply
  • vandalize

    most of Asia songs are really the same type

    11 Jan 7:59am Reply
  • GlaubeLiebeT0d

    Each time I listen to Heat of the Moment, I can't help but think of Tuesday and Dean Winchester. [7]

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
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