Asia rises with ‘Phoenix’
The original members of British prog-rock supergroup Asia have put the finishing touches on their first new studio album in 25 years and will support the set with a world tour that kicks off in the US.
The stateside trek is set to launch April 4 in Wilkes Barre, PA, and make its way through clubs and theaters across the country, wrapping May 5 in San Francisco, after which Asia will spend the rest of May in Japan and Europe. American dates are included below and overseas shows can be found at the band’s website.
Though Asia has been around in various incarnations throughout the years, the original members–guitarist Steve Howe, bassist/lead vocalist John Wetton, keyboardist Geoff Downs and drummer Carl Palmer–hadn’t played together in more than two decades when they reunited in 2006. They celebrated the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut with a world tour that spanned more than 70 dates, according to a press release. Last summer, the guys turned their attention toward their forthcoming studio album, “Phoenix,” which is due April 15.
“It’s great finally to give some new music to those Asia fans who have remained with us patiently all these years,” Downs said in a statement. “After many years apart, I think we all have a new and very fresh attitude to the music. I am looking forward to playing the new songs on stage.”
Concert-goers can expect Asia to perform new material, classic hits, and music from the members’ previous bands: Yes, King Crimson, The Buggles and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Since its 1982 debut, Asia has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, according to a press release. The band’s first and most successful album scored several Top 10 radio hits–including “Heat of the Moment,” “Only Time Will Tell” and “Sole Survivor”–and claimed the No. 1 slot on The Billboard Top 100 album chart for nine weeks.
4 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Kirby PAC
5 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino/Wolf Den
7 – Harrisburg, PA – Sunoco Performance Theater
8 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
10 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
12 – Westbury, NY – North Fork Theatre
13 – Peekskill, NY – Paramount Center for the Arts
15 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort & Casino
16 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
17 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
19 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
20 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
21 – Indianapolis, IN – Music Mill
23 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
26 – Marksville, LA – Paragon Casino
27 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
29 ñ Espanola, NM – Big Rock Casino
30 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
2 – Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
3 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
4 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
5 – San Francisco, CA – Grand Ballroom at The Regency Center
Asia rises with ‘Phoenix’