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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 influential. Asia’s popularity was boosted immensely by the 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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  • CelsoBonutti

    Well, the difference between Asia and the original bands of its members is that Asia is a pop-oriented progressive rock, the other bands are pure progressive.

    1 Feb 10:00pm Reply
  • Naurbereth

    Rise and shine Sammy it's tuesday (again!!!) Supernatural <3

    1 Jan 6:10pm Reply
  • Brutal_Pena

    Новый альбом отличный. Жаль только Стив не играет.

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • SSBN623

    lake, jim here what part of givin' back did you forget ?

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Perfect new album 5/5.

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

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

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Pericott

    Is the Lady Gaga dog

    1 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • PanyaTanina

    Heat of the Moment <3

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • oOTheDoctorOo

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

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Emiley831

    Hello =]

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    хотя на omega была парочка средней паршивости песен

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • Tsauro

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

    1 May 2014 Reply

    Nice! :-) Spank!

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • aldrignedigen


    15 Apr 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Mitya

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

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

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

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • uhinfernoae


    27 Feb 2014 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 2014 Reply
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