John Wetton admits that ‘Alpha,’ released on July 26, 1983, contained “one of the most identifiable Asia songs.” But he struggles with its message today.
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Released this week in 1982, ‘Asia’ heralded a sure-fire supergroup. By 1983, they’d split. John Wetton and Geoff Downes tell us what went wrong.
Steve Howe’s The Grand Scheme of Things underscored his wider impact on Yes: ‘I’m getting chills up my spine’
This dextrous, often overlooked project showcased Howe’s lyrical gift.
Asia’s John Wetton turned to Toto guitarist when Steve Howe left: ‘My first choice was Steve Lukather’
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
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.