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.
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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.
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
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.
‘We never went glam, put make up on’: Steve Howe’s first impressions of Yes’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart”
Steve Howe and Asia had already cracked the Top 5 with 1982′s “Heat of the Moment” when Yes — Howe’s former band — emerged with a new guitarist and the track “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”
Deep Cuts: John Wetton, Geoff Downes + John Payne on Asia’s ‘My Own Time,’ ‘I Know How You Feel,’ others
Founded as one of the 1980s initial supergroups, Asia made a fast start with its four-times platinum 1982 debut album. There’s more to this group, however, than its initial Top 20 hits “Heat of the Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell.”