Asia New Album/World Tour


The original line-up of '80s super group Asia - guitarist Steve Howe (Yes), drummer Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer), singer-bassist John Wetton (King Crimson) and keyboardist Geoff Downes (Buggles, Yes) – have completed work on their first new studio album since 1983's Alpha. While the quartet has toured on & off since reuniting in 2006, Phoenix (due in April on Frontier Records) is their first new original material in 25 years.

“What we set out to achieve way back then - timeless music that only sounds like the four who created it - is what we attempted to bring to Phoenix. Still, it remains contemporary and refreshing to us all. Nothing more, nothing less. This is the Asia story, and it remains the same today - so listen on, and enjoy," says Downes.

The group's live shows include material from the members diverse careers as well as their Asia collaborations, which some may recall spent almost nine weeks at Number One on the Billboard charts when the band debuted in 1982.

Tour Dates
United Kingdom - 2008

March 1 - Falmouth Pavilion
March 2 - Bournemouth BIC Pavilion
March 4 - Liverpool Academy
March 7 - Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre (Wales)
March 8 - Frome Cheese & Grain
March 9 - Wolverhampton Civic
March 11 - Nottingham Rock City
March 12 - Oxford Zodiac Club (Academy)
March 13 - Manchester Academy
March 16 - London Shepherds Bush
March 18 - Newcastle Academy
March 19 - Glasgow Academy (Scotland)
March 20 - Perth Concert Halls (Scotland)

US – 2008

April 4 Wilkes Barre, PA - Kirby PAC
April 5 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf Den
April 7 Harrisburg, PA - Sunoco Performance Theater
April 8 Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
April 10 Collingswood, NJ - Scottish Rite Auditorium
April 12 Westbury, NY - North Fork Theatre
April 13 Peekskill, NY - Paramount Center For The Arts
April 15 Verona, NY - Turning Stone Resort & Casino
April 16 Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
April 17 Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
April 19 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
April 20 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
April 21 Indianapolis, IN - Music Mill
April 23 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
April 26 Marksville, LA - Paragon Casino
April 27 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
April 29 Espanola NM - Big Rock Casino
April 30 Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
May 2 Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
May 3 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
May 4 San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
May 5 San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom @ The Regency Center

Japan – 2008

May 8 Fukuoka, Japan - Shimin Kaikan
May 9 Osaka, Japan - Koseinenkin Kaikan
May 11 Nagoya, Japan - Shimin Kaikan
May 12 Tokyo, Japan - International Forum

Europe – 2008

May 17 - Santana 27 - Bilbao, Spain
May 18 - Hall de Martigues - Martigues, France
May 19 - Luz de Gas - Barcelona, Spain
May 21 - Lisbon Coliseu - Lisbon, Portugal
May 22 - Macumba - Madrid, Spain
May 24 - Tenerife Auditorium - Tenerife, Canary Islands
May 26 - Theatre Sebastopol - Lille, France
May 27 - O-13 - Tilburg, The Netherlands
May 29 - Prumyslovy Palac – Vystaviste- Prague, Czech Republic
May 30 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, Hungary
May 31 - Divadlo Arena - Bratislava, Slovakia

[Published on: 2/18/08]

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RothburyWithCheese star Mon 2/18/2008 05:29AM
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SKSmith66 starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/18/2008 05:44AM
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I heard flock of seagulls is doing a world tour too.

kirkbrew Mon 2/18/2008 07:04AM
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Steve Howe is amazing.

mfgoof star Mon 2/18/2008 07:06AM
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Fuck Yeah!!! I've been waiting all year for this announcement. Knew it had to be coming! What?!? No Omaha love from Asia. Oh well, guess I'll be making the trek for the Milwaukee show at the Pabst Theater. Oh man, this is the HEAT OF THE MOMENT folks! Can't wait to hear the new stuff. Anyone know where I can find some lossy mp3s?

DelrayChris Mon 2/18/2008 07:56AM
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The only thing good steve howe has done is tomorrow....BLAHAHAHAHAHA, dude what planet do you live on?! Yes was one of the most influentual and original bands of the 70's. Clearly you were born after fluffer.

shackca starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/18/2008 08:18AM
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Steve Howe is the Master shizzzzzzy

These guys are Masters - Black Belts - Dig?

Whre's your respect?

poppasmurf Mon 2/18/2008 08:24AM
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DelRay Chris, are you for real. One of your distractions is puffing? You are kidding right? I cant beleieve that. Get a job good sir. Thanks for the laugh. Who says sh@t like that these days.

phishr82 Mon 2/18/2008 08:30AM
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sweet. haha

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/18/2008 08:39AM
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Good Evening. I'm Tom Tucker. In other news, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Antarctica are also reuniting. The group will be called "Pangaea" and will be joined on mandolin by former String Cheese Incident member Michael Kang at this summer's Rothbury Festival.

salmon401 Mon 2/18/2008 08:46AM
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Pangaea humor - well played Hoodoo, well played.

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fixx is the next big world tour comeback band, after flock of seagulls and winger :P

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Fixx is next.. red skies at night!! oh ho ho a ho ho ho...

blower star Mon 2/18/2008 10:29AM
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Comedy right?

hippiemofo star Mon 2/18/2008 10:30AM
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Asia always has been and continue to blow. They are terrible.

gmoo Mon 2/18/2008 11:16AM
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You framed an Asia poster?

bill15 starstarstar Mon 2/18/2008 11:28AM
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Dammit, if I only woke up 1 hour earlier I could have been the first to post "you framed an Asia Poster" congrats gmoo. Asia has some serious talent, but the list of things I'd rather do than listen to Asia is longer than the miles they'll log on their world tour.

Michael_Savage starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/18/2008 11:55AM
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I love Asia! They are amazing.

Marcsmall Mon 2/18/2008 11:58AM
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First of all, Steve Howe is one of the most amazing guitar players on the planet, who blows away 99% of the "Jamband" guitar players of today. Ask your hero Trey what he thinks of Howe before you diss the guy. I guarantee you he would have amazing things to say. Secondly, Carl Palmer is as equally talented on the drums as Howe is on the guitar. Not to say that the popular material of this band is the greatest ever recorded, but these two guys are among the best EVER at their craft.

Thirdly, Roger Dean is one of the most incredible artists ever to create Album Covers or Concert Posters in Rock and Roll History, and his work is very much deserving of a frame, to say the least.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/18/2008 01:20PM
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One word hippies..."Roundabout"

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/18/2008 01:55PM
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I have to agree with marcsmall1. Steve Howe is one of the best guitarists of all time. He is very fluent in Classical/Jazz/Rock/Prog and can even play some Country/Bluegrass shit! If you have never seen him live, then you are truly missing out on brilliance! Carl Palmer is also on the top of the drummers list for all-time. The talent mixed in from Yes, ELP & King Crimson is mind blowing. I also agree with marc about the pop tunes recorded by Asia. Not the best. Kind of corny. Very much made-for-radio. But, I also believe that these guys will rearrange the tunes for the live setting and put together something amazing. I'm going to check 'em out!

devonyacht Mon 2/18/2008 01:58PM
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I won't rest until the Mister Mister reunion with Aldo Nova as opening act.

21mmer Mon 2/18/2008 02:06PM
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no one is denying that this band is comprised of members with considerable talent.......however, i feel as though this is an excellent example of a situation where the sum of the parts far exceeds the whole (in other words, these guys individually and with their other groups are WAY BETTER than they ever were with asia). i am familiar with asia.....typically as the punchline to a joke, but am a big-time fan of king crimson and, to a lesser-extent, yes. i would be curious to find out from the self-avowed asia fans when the last time they threw on an album and rocked out.....perhaps 1985, in your i-roc, mullet flowing in the breeze, wearing those new acid-washed jeans?

Astronaut Jones Mon 2/18/2008 02:45PM
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Astronaut Jones

yes, we have no bananas.

theworldisonfire88 Mon 2/18/2008 02:56PM
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Excellent musicians, horrific songs.


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blower Mon 2/18/2008 03:50PM
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Come on! Defend the band members all you want. But it is Asia!. Somethings should be left to die! It will probably score them some geriatric groupies and a few bucks on the side. That was the whole point anyway.

DelrayChris Mon 2/18/2008 04:01PM
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Muffinman1 Mon 2/18/2008 05:30PM
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Wow Delray Chris, you are a real douch nozzle (word of the month), I forgot who said that but it was awsome and I've been waiting to use it, and DelrayChris is a perfect candidate.

Jukebox Hero Mon 2/18/2008 06:25PM
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Jukebox Hero

"2 degrees, 10+ years experience and still kicking the scene harder than you ever will"

This is definitely going on my next job application.

poppasmurf Mon 2/18/2008 07:16PM
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That two people have already made me whipe a way tears of laughter from my face, makes me wanna do some serious puffing. The fact is no one cares about your degrees or how many pluses you have, you sir are a douche nozzle; hmm I rather do enjoy that word too(thanks muffin man) The fact that you judge your being by what you have and done makes me laugh the hardest. Go Asia

Z.Love71 starstar Mon 2/18/2008 07:58PM
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"Is that an Asia poster? Did you REALLY FRAME an Asia poster? How hard did the framing people laugh when you brought this in?" Those are my thoughts on the story! From "40-Year-Old Virgin"

Marcsmall Mon 2/18/2008 09:33PM
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Gotta love the line:

"So now you find yourself in '82"

Marcsmall Tue 2/19/2008 07:35AM
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Delray Chris--Kicking the scene? C'mon, man, you live in Florida, where there basically is no scene, and all the "puffing" that you're doing is on wet moldy south fla nuggets that would just give most of us a headache. Seriously kid, You should really think before you make some of the comments that you do. Have fun at Crazy Fingers.


Smittea Tue 2/19/2008 12:28PM
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Muffinman1 -- Wow Delray Chris, you are a real douch nozzle (word of the month), I forgot who said that but it was awsome and I've been waiting to use it, and DelrayChris is a perfect candidate.

I think it was first used in the Lenny Kravits review... I am probably going to be forced to go to this show folks. My wife loves (loved) Asia in high school. Please be gentle with the insults. If anything just have some sympathy for me. Personally I preferred Yes. Asia was probably an attempt to break into some radio play with Heat of the Moment. Remember ELP? That is where Carl Palmer came from. Not too many "greatest hits" hits from them. Either way, I know I can drink heavily if things start going south quickly.

Smittea Tue 2/19/2008 01:27PM
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I got a reprieve. At over $140 for two tickets, my wife came to her senses. Apparently these guys think better of themselves than we do!

Zestystrat Tue 2/19/2008 01:29PM
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The tough-guy jam band fan wants to scoff, but I did see Asia on the Alpha tour (was my 1st concert) and for what they are, Prog/Pop, they do it well.

That said I know I'm not getting any cool points for saying that.

brianeh Tue 2/19/2008 01:45PM
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you know how i know you're gay? you like asia

Muffinman1 Tue 2/19/2008 02:00PM
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Smittea hit the nail on the head it was from the lenny kravitz post, thank you. I love that word.

Shmo-Kaine star Wed 2/20/2008 06:32AM
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I love that song "The final countdown"!! Oops wait, thats Europe, sorry I got my bands/continents mixed up.

Smittea Wed 2/20/2008 09:16AM
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brianeh -- you know how i know you're gay? you like asia

I'm not so sure it is "gay" as it is elevated testicles a la Jon Anderson of Yes. I know is sounds easier to say, "Gay",.. but elevated testicles is in fact the proper term.

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asia.. its worth arguing over?? jeeez..