Asia is proud to announce that they will perform some of the tracks from their well-received current album Gravitas for the first time ever at a couple of select UK shows in June. The dates, at the Malvern Theatre and the Holmfirth Picturedrome, are on sale now.
Gravitas sees the legendary British band moving into the next phase of its extraordinary career; this is a brave new album that explores different musical landscapes while embracing its familiar musical past. Produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes, the album also introduces the world to the band’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who replaces Steve Howe in the line-up.
Asia’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982 and was the best selling album in the world that year. Featuring Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (lead vocals and bass), the group was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70’s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles.
11th June 2014
Malvern Theatre, Worcestershire
Ticket price: £25
Doors 7pm, on stage 7.30pm.
Box office: 01684 892277 or www.malvern-tickets.co.uk
12th June 2014
Holmfirth Picturedrome, West Yorkshire
Ticket price: £24.75
Box Office: 0844 249 1000 or www.picturedrome.net
For Asia’s long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough. As Carl 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.” John Wetton added, “Aware of the debt to our homeland, we look forward to playing these two special dates in June to preview Gravitas, and introduce the latest, exciting chapter of this extraordinary band.” From Geoff Downes, “We are very much looking forward to playing in front of our UK fans once more. It’s been quite a while, so of course we are extra-excited this time to bring our music back to you all again. And in particular, we shall be including songs from our brand new album Gravitas – see you there!”