You need flash!
no cover -  


Progressive rock classic rock rock 80s hard rock

    There is more than one band named Asia.

    1) Asia is a that was formed in the spring of 1981 by bassist and vocalist John Wetton (from King Crimson and UK), guitarist Steve Howe (from Yes), drummer Carl Palmer (from Emerson, Lake & Palmer), and keyboardist Geoffrey Downes (from Buggles and Yes). The band sold over nine million albums worldwide with their first release, 'Asia', which included the international rock hits "Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell".

    Drawing inspiration from eccentric as well as tuneful and other sources, the band's first album was certified multi-platinum, and the follow-up, 'Alpha', proved almost as influential. Asia's popularity was boosted immensely by the success of the U.S. number one hit "Don't Cry." Still, the mix of commitments of the band's members contributed to group instability, as did corporate pressure for continual sales. Frontman John Wetton left the band completely in late 1983, sporadically returning in later stints. By 1990, Asia released its fourth album, called 'Then & Now', with the only original member Geoffrey Downes continuing under the band's name along new bassist, vocalist, and producer John Payne.

    Asia / Asia featuring John Payne toured and released marginally commercially successful albums, the last being the band's 11th album 'Silent Nation'. Said record notably included guitarist Guthrie Govan and drummer Chris Slade (from AC/DC). The original band emerged from its ashes, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the original formation that brought it success in 1982. with a tour of North America, a DVD, and a promotional CD. Payne continues to tour as a solo artist. Asia returned to stores on April 15, 2008 with its first original album from the original line-up, aptly titled 'Phoenix'. A well-received tour soon followed.

    That album received praise from publications such as the All Music Guide and debuted at No. 73 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 chart. Though touring has remained limited due to multiple commitments by band members, Asia goes on, their last major release being the live album 'Resonance: Live in Basel Switzerland'. Music critic Matt Collar remarked that it captured the tours' appeal of Wetton's "still powerful vocal chops".

    2) Asia was an excellent band with a drive for epic, pomp-filled rock tunes. The band was from Rapid City, South Dakota and should not be confused with the famous U.K. one, which sadly outshone them and ended up rendering the U.S. group highly obscure despite the U.S. one's critical support. Going for a loose instrumental energy similar to Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, their eventual line-up was made up of Michael English (vocals, bass, percussion), Larry Galbraith (vocals, guitars, mandolin), Mike Coates (guitars, mandolin, mellotron, piano, harpsichord, vocals), and Doug Johnson (percussion). They released two albums: 'Asia' (1979) and 'Armed to the Teeth' (1980).

    Asia d94a7857b6b94d56aae43761beb7fd6f Asia 37bd4cbe329c4ea0ce25c3e95682a0c4 Asia 92b0e9d3ca544cf1843d0147826e840f Asia 59595ffbef894d5b9c3b8c256e638a41 Asia 9ad26b9aebf84db5a4a10c8c72feacc8 Asia b70661803853486989aad84791a6d7c8 Asia 3cdddf1479aa4bbb98997f3f2609da8b Asia c31918847dc5430cb673796de4241992 Asia d672917935d64a54917b26228eb87846 Asia 5a18a8bcc64447b58d112b03fa4eef96 Asia ed3ae4768e1048be9751482beda76938 Asia 7e2faaaa8ddb48dab5b1efb2faa7252f Asia 4668c0b10d4a4721a5dfcb7dd86e29d4 Asia 6766c8dc32214a089b5739efae65fd98 Asia d164e52620c149578d79326e47b023a6 Asia 02e454e222c94f22aac32085ffbf73b5 Asia ffc414116ee447f092d0948a9912b935 Asia c5deb87792334cdaba2fa067d63b2dee Asia eb13cf289f064045a802d2401b60b7b0 Asia 0d3bde3a04c643dd9d28fb3fc45c241c Asia 9c0ecb81bd287afc719af13750f9dbca Asia 53a2454571a04878bd66ae54c9855e2a Asia 690724341449456ead4117437fef1fba Asia af0cc2320a184e2f96358608193ced4e Asia a994ed72b5af458b98db2d2bda7efd17 Asia 19a2b00f2af741368595e0be9e23d7fc Asia 4ff698e015554d568f27354c4f7afc8d Asia f33694b54bf94751abdc3d606635a6be Asia 49c94dc869c349189757941ca299dce0 Asia 8bdca77fe3cd43068f48c64855ba64fc