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!