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Following the unfortunate cancellation of the December UK tour due to Carl Palmer’s illness, the ASIA drummer has been following doctor’s orders and been convalescing. Carl was afflicted by a severe case of E. coli (food poisoning) that resulted in him being unfit to perform these dates; this represented the first time in 47 years as a professional musician that Carl has been forced to take such an action. Happily, the process of recuperation is going well and Carl has issued the following statement:
“All check-ups were carried out on 9th January and after two hours I was told by my Consultant that I was once more on safe ground with my health. Nevertheless I have been told to rest for the remainder of the month because I am still experiencing some symptoms, which are all now manageable. I am really looking forward to getting back to playing next month.”
2013 will prove to be an exciting year for ASIA. With new guitarist Sam Coulson in place, a prestigious slot at Sweden Rock confirmed and more high profile live dates to come, plus a new studio album, “Valkyrie”, to be recorded for Frontiers Records, the band’s trajectory continues: onward and upwards!
Steve Howe has issued a personal statement regarding his departure from Asia. It will be available via his web site.
If 2012 was a year to remember for ASIA, with the release of the acclaimed studio album ‘XXX’ marking the band’s thirtieth anniversary, then 2013 is set to be another. John Wetton, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer are delighted to announce that not only do they have an incredible talent in place to step into Steve Howe’s shoes, but also that their first international show with newcomer Sam Coulson will be a high profile performance at Sweden Rock 2013. Sam is a wonderful player, world-renowned amongst guitar virtuosos. Additionally, a new studio album, to be entitled ‘Valkyrie’, will be recorded for Frontiers Records during 2013 continuing the band’s relationship with the label.
John Wetton said, “ASIA is ready to take its next steps along this remarkable road. We cannot wait to perform again for the fans and also to unveil some of the new material, of which we are very proud”. Geoff Downes said, “We look forward to writing another chapter in Asia’s history”. Carl Palmer commented, “We’re all looking forward to the next decade of great ASIA music”.
Sam Coulson, Geoff Downes, John Wetton and Carl Palmer
ASIA formed as a supergroup of stunning pedigrees, bringing together songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton [King Crimson, UK], keyboardist Geoff Downes [Yes, The Buggles], drummer extraordinaire Carl Palmer [ELP] and Steve Howe [Yes]. Their self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982 and monopolized the Number 1 slot in the Billboard charts for 9 weeks. The album is still in the top 3 Geffen sales of all time, with Guns ’n’ Roses and Whitesnake! With tracks like mega-hit ‘Heat Of The Moment’, ASIA helped to create the MTV phenomenon. The band’s work perfected the use of videos that encompassed stories and messages, examples being the work for ‘Wildest Dreams’, ‘Only Time Will Tell’, ‘The Smile Has Left Your Eyes’ and ‘Don’t Cry’. ‘Heat Of The Moment’ is still a radio fixture and has been in top TV and films including ‘40 Year Old Virgin’, ‘South Park’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘The Matador’ and countless others.
In 2006 the original band reunited for a tour of USA, which was followed by four world tours and several continental tours. The reunited band has played over 300 shows and released three new studio albums, three DVDs and a number of live albums. The track ‘An Extraordinary Life’, from 2008’s album ‘Phoenix’ was chosen as the theme music for America’s Got Talent. This is a band with plenty more to say.
With a new guitarist in place, Sweden Rock confirmed and more high profile live dates to come, plus a new album slated for release, the ASIA trajectory continues: onward and upwards!
Dear Asia fans,
By the time many of you read this you will have heard that I have had to cancel the Asia 30th Anniversary tour of the UK this week. I was given less than a 10% chance of playing the tour. On Thursday afternoon I had lost my battle and under strict instructions from my Doctors I was told I had to cancel . By this time I could hardly stand up to the infection. E-coli had completely taken over.
I have always been proud of the fact that I have never cancelled a tour in my professional career, in 47 years as a musician. It had always been a personal goal of mine to maintain this feat, now sadly lost.
I would like to say to the people of Holmfirth and my home City of Birmingham, and to all the other places we were about to play, please accept my deepest apologies.
I would like to thank all of the people involved, including the Promoters and all of the Management involved in helping me through this terrible experience I am going through with E-coli. The messages and support from band mates have been so warm.
Most of all many thanks to Asia fans for being so understanding.
Asia, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (lead vocal, bass), has been forced to cancel the 30th Anniversary UK Tour due to drummer Carl Palmer coming down with a severe case of E. coli.
Tickets are refundable from the point of purchase.
A list of the cancelled dates are as follows:
- Tavistock The Wharf (Dec 15)
- Holmfirth Picturedrome (Dec 16)
- Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Dec 17)
- Salisbury City Hall (Dec 19)
- Birmingham Town Hall (Dec 20)
- Manchester Royal Northern College of Music (Dec 21)
- London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (Dec 22)
Asia’s “XXX” (CD) will be on sale Friday, Nov. 30th from 8am-11am PST for $6.99 on Amazon.
Asia’s new live CD/DVD “Resonance” is now available at Best Buy.
Recorded on May 4th 2010 in Basel, Switzerland, this new ASIA live 2CD / DVD captures the band, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton in front of an ecstatic audience during one of the shows on the “Omega” World Tour.