A Personal Statement from John Wetton

I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team, I have to withdraw from Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour, March 15 – April 4. I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly.

I am grateful to the promoters of the cruise.  I wish them pleasant sailing and I know my friends on the cruise, both artists and fans, will have a ball on the ocean wave,  I will be with you all in spirit.

My good friend Billy Sherwood will fill in for me within Asia, keeping my seat warm during the initial 12 Journey dates.  While I am naturally disappointed to miss the beginning of what I know will be an historic ASIA tour, I am intending to return to the stage with Asia later in 2017, dates soon to be announced. I know this decision will be in the best interests of my health and our fans, in the long run.

John Wetton
Bournemouth
England
January 11th 2017

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Happy Holidays

All members of the ASIA family wish you the best this holiday season. We’ll see you on the road in 2017!

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Symfonia – Live In Bulgaria 2013

Symfonia – Live In Bulgaria 2013

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of ASIA’s new live album “Symfonia – Live In Bulgaria 2013” on February 24th, 2017.

Pre-orders are available now here: http://radi.al/Symfonia

Available on 2CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3 (audio only) the album was recorded during a special show on September 21st, 2013 during the Sounds of the Ages Festival at the magnificent Second Century Roman Theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. On some of the songs during the band’s set, Original Asia was joined by The Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Levon Manukian.

The show was then aired on Bulgarian National TV the following December 30th, 2013 and it is now presented in its entirety to the fans as a powerful witness of the line-up featuring original members John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes along with Sam Coulson on guitar.

Says John Wetton: “The show in the glorious Roman Theater of Plovdiv, with orchestra, along with the massive Sweden Rock Festival and the shows in the UK and the show European tour thereafter, were the first dates of the new chapter of ASIA—and in my opinion, the band has never sounded better.”

The album track listing includes:

CD1:

  1. Sole Survivor
  2. Time Again
  3. Face On The Bridge
  4. My Own Time
  5. Holy War
  6. An Extraordinary Life
  7. Days Like These
  8. Open Your Eyes

CD2:

  1. Only Time Will Tell*
  2. Don’t Cry*
  3. Heroine*
  4. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes*
  5. Wildest Dreams*
  6. Heat Of The Moment*

*Performed with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra

DVD // BLU-RAY:

  1. Sole Survivor
  2. Time Again
  3. Face On The Bridge
  4. My Own Time
  5. Holy War
  6. An Extraordinary Life
  7. Days Like These
  8. Open Your Eyes
  9. Only Time Will Tell*
  10. Don’t Cry*
  11. Heroine*
  12. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes*
  13. Wildest Dreams*
  14. Heat Of The Moment*
  15. Interview Segment

*Performed with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra

ASIA

John Wetton – Lead Vocal and Bass
Geoff Downes – Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Carl Palmer – Drums
Sam Coulson – Guitars

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Greg Lake 1947-2016

Greg Lake (left) in a 1972 ELP photo with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. (Source: AP)

Greg Lake (left) in a 1972 ELP photo with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. (Source: AP)

The band was saddened to hear about the passing of Greg Lake on Wednesday, December 7, after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer.” As a frontman for King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg helped craft music that would define progressive rock.

Our thoughts are with Regina, Natasha and the family.

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Journey & Asia 2017 Tour Dates

Asia will be touring with Journey in 2017! John, Geoff, Carl and Sam are excited to see you on the road.

“Asia is honoured to be asked to share the stage with Journey,” says ASIA’s lead singer and bassist John Wetton, who has been fighting cancer since 2015 after the band finished its last US tour. “On a personal note, this couldn’t have come at a better time for me; I remain determined and my road to a full recovery continues.  I look forward to seeing everyone on the tour next year”.

See below for dates and venues.

DATECITYVENUEON SALE DATE
15-MarYakima, WAYakima Valley SunDome9-Dec
16-MarSpokane, WASpokane Arena16-Dec
18-MarEugene, ORMatthew Knight Arena9-Dec
20-MarBoise, IDTaco Bell Arena9-Dec
21-MarBozeman, MTBrick Breeden Fieldhouse9-Dec
24-MarFargo, NDFargodome9-Dec
27-MarGreen Bay, WIResch Center10-Dec
28-MarMadison, WIAlliant Energy Center9-Dec
31-MarFort Wayne, INAllen County War Memorial Coliseum9-Dec
1-AprEvansville, INFord Center10-Dec
3-AprMoline, ILiWireless Center10-Dec
4-AprDayton, OHNutter Center9-Dec

Listen to the radio promo or watch the TV spot.

Journey Official Web Site

 

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ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED with UNESCO USA

WORLD PEACE – SPOKEN WORD ALBUM ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED with UNESCO USA

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OVER 300 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS CONTRIBUTE from over 30 countries featuring Dan Aykroyd, Julian Lennon, Kathy Sledge, Alan White, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Annie Haslam, Janis Ian, Martin Barre, Colin Andrews, Lillias White, and many other artists!

ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED, a World Peace Project with UNESCO – USFUCA, is produced by Grammy® Winner Kevin Mackie, award winning producer Krista Wallhagen, and Guinness World Record® holder musician and award winning filmmaker Rupam Sarmah. Through media initiatives, in collaboration with artists, authors, and organizations from all around the world, AMPU’s mission of establishing a peaceful planet and a healthy biosphere will be an ongoing commitment. One of the goals for the project is to pair up artists who live in opposing countries for collaborations that go beyond politics, religion and borders.

The team has produced a musical spoken word album that will exchange ideas, stories, and information focused on bringing about World Peace through individual responsibility, Education, and helping each other. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of environmental and humanitarian crisis and find actionable solutions.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) strives to promote peace and security among nations through education, science, and culture.

“I pray for the moment of mass consciousness when we all wake up and bring peace into our own hearts and souls. It’s a challenge and it’s going to take every one of us to make it happen,” says Dan Aykroyd.

The double CD album with 45 tracks of Musical Spoken Word and Songs will be officially released on Sept 21, 2016. The album is available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, and other stores worldwide. Please visit the site for details: www.ActionMovesPeopleUnited.org

AMPU Press Release

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Visit Our New Facebook Guestbook Page

Today, we retire the Google Groups Asia Guestbook and moves things to a Facebook Group. With over 4000 members, we have no doubt you will find many people with which to share all things Asia. Like the Google Group, the Facebook page will focus on the John Wetton-led incarnations of the band.

Visit the new guestbook

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ASIA is Pleased to Announce the Re-release of its Phoenix Album!

All four original members of ASIA are pleased to announce the re-release of PHOENIX, the first album recorded during the reunion of Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, on the band’s own imprint label ASIA Music Ltd, via Cherry Red. 

This re-release features the European Version of the album, the two acoustic bonus tracks from foreign editions and a bonus disc with the American version of the album. The release is now housed in a digipack to match the subsequent releases by the reunion line-up. The re-release also continues to feature the iconic artwork of Roger Dean.

When first released in 2008, the American edition included a different mix of the opening track Never Again and different mastering throughout. The band was aware that US fans may have a different perception of the album, because of these differences, so it has been included as a bonus disc. As this is on the band’s own label, it was able to control that the wholesale price was only increased by an amount necessary to cover the cost of manufacturing the extra disc.

The 2 disc version of Phoenix can be ordered worldwide through these links:

Amazon CD: http://geni.us/1OF9
iTunes: http://geni.us/12pB

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Update on Asia Members’ Activities

The members of ASIA have the following titles out ahead of a return to band activities in 2016. The band wishes its fans the best for the festive season and will be outlining future plans in a forthcoming announcement.


 

satellite

John Wetton’s Live via Satellite collects together both of Wetton’s acoustic solo concerts for radio broadcasts.  The XM radio broadcast was an official website only title over 10 years ago and has never had a commercial release. The Swedish radio broadcast (previously unreleased) was thought lost in a fire, until a duplicate of the master tapes was found thanks to a long and tireless search by Wetton’s fans.

Amazon CD: http://geni.us/1A9M
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/1jj0
iTunes: http://geni.us/1FY4


 

artinthythm

Carl Palmer’s “Twist of the Wrist” and “The Rhythm of Light”  collections are the first two in a series of signed and numbered prints on canvas featuring stunning visual images constructed from his unique drum performances. Working with acclaimed L.A. art team SceneFour, the artwork featured within combine motion, color, and lighting into some of the most compelling fine art visuals ever created.  A career first, Carl Palmer has co-authored a comprehensive book about his fine art collections. Titled “Art in Rhythm: The Artwork of Carl Palmer,” the First Edition of the book is now available to collectors worldwide exclusively from:

http://carlpalmerart.com/book/


 

dba

Geoff Downes’ DBA project with Chris Braide has released its second album, Suburban Ghosts, which follows on from the critically acclaimed Pictures of You. Chris Braide has written and produced for many artists including Sia, Lana Del Rey, David Guetta, Afrojack and recently produced Marc Almond’s album The Velvet Trail.

Amazon CD: http://geni.us/19bE
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/3YM1
iTunes: http://geni.us/1sIs


 

electricclassical

Sam Coulson has released the first solo album of his career, Electric Classical, which features his interpretation of various classical pieces, entirely played on guitar. The album features some well-known and no so well-known pieces all played in his unique style for classical and rock fans alike.

Amazon CD: http://geni.us/2EAb
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/Gcf
iTunes: http://geni.us/1KHt


 

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GIVE THE GIFT OF ASIA FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND SAVE BIG!!!

Check out our BLACK FRIDAY sale all month at the original ASIA gift shop!
ALL REMAINING ASIA T-SHIRTS 50% OFF!!
ASIA CDs, DVDs, signed posters and lithos, and other items 30% OFF (while supplies last)!

CHECK IT OUT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

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