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‘My first choice was Steve Lukather’: Asia’s John Wetton turned to Toto guitarist when Steve Howe left

‘My first choice was Steve Lukather’: Asia’s John Wetton turned to Toto guitarist when Steve Howe left

John Wetton says Asia approached a familiar name when Steve Howe left to focus on Yes last year: Steve Lukather, who had previously worked with Wetton and Asia in the early 1990s.

New Music Monday: Asia, Circa Zero, Nathan East, Elton John, Ivo Perelman, Eric Carmen

New Music Monday: Asia, Circa Zero, Nathan East, Elton John, Ivo Perelman, Eric Carmen

Andy Summers is returning to rock after a lengthy post-Police period spent experimenting with jazz and world music, while Asia takes on a new guitarist — but rediscovers an old sound along the way.

Something Else! sneak peek: Asia – Gravitas (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Asia – Gravitas (2014)

Given an expectation that the young Sam Coulson, who’s taken over for long-time guitarist Steve Howe, was going to provide a bit more of a metallic crunch to the proceedings, Asia’s opening statement on the forthcoming Gravitas couldn’t be more surprising.

One Track Mind: Asia, “Valkyrie” from Gravitas (2014)

One Track Mind: Asia, “Valkyrie” from Gravitas (2014)

Once the proposed title for the first album from this new iteration of Asia, “Valkyrie” finds John Wetton fashioning an epic tale of struggle and of redemption — something that couldn’t be further away from the compact pop of signature hits like “Heat of the Moment.”

Something Else! Interview: Geoff Downes on new albums with Asia + Yes, and learning from the past

Something Else! Interview: Geoff Downes on new albums with Asia + Yes, and learning from the past

Geoff Downes better be wearing comfortable shoes, because he’s going to be on the run in 2014. The busy keyboardist just finished a new album with Asia, and is in sessions for another with Yes

‘I changed the emphasis of what I do’: How John Wetton’s health crisis impacted his art

‘I changed the emphasis of what I do’: How John Wetton’s health crisis impacted his art

John Wetton admits that personal issues wrecked his initial tenure with Asia. His recovery, however, has included a reunion as well as a creative rebirth.

‘Kind of going slow’: Carl Palmer says Asia is getting comfortable with new lineup

‘Kind of going slow’: Carl Palmer says Asia is getting comfortable with new lineup

Carl Palmer says Asia is continuing the demo process for its first album with guitarist Sam Coulson, even as plans are made for another series of shows in Asia and the U.S. next year.

‘I’ll take a trio every day’: For Carl Palmer, the Emerson Lake and Palmer model continues to resonate

‘I’ll take a trio every day’: For Carl Palmer, the Emerson Lake and Palmer model continues to resonate

There’s a reason, Carl Palmer says, that he came to fame in the trio of Emerson Lake and Palmer: That format allows the space to showcase the drums. Conversely, there’s also no place to hide.

Steve Howe – Homebrew 5 (2013)

Steve Howe – Homebrew 5 (2013)

Steve Howe has probably never got the credit he deserved for his role in fashioning the legends of both Yes and Asia. The Homebrew series, whether intended or not, has done much to underscore his privotal role

‘It’s a different kind of edge to the band’: John Wetton hails Sam Coulson’s arrival in Asia

‘It’s a different kind of edge to the band’: John Wetton hails Sam Coulson’s arrival in Asia

Steve Howe’s departure from Asia, which had been working with its original lineup again since 2006, has turned into something of a blessing, according to frontman John Wetton.