Label: Geffen Records - GEF 25508 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Israel • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock, Symphonic Rock
Asia are an English progressive rock band formed in London in The most commercially successful line-up was its original, which was a supergroup of four members of different progressive rock bands of the s: lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson and U.
Their debut album, Asiareleased inremains their best selling album and went to number one in several countries. The lead single from the album, " Heat of the Moment ", remains their top charting and best-known song, reaching Golden Earrings - Francis Goya - Symphony Of Love top 40 in over a dozen markets and peaking in the U.
The band underwent multiple lineup changes before the original four members reunited in As a result, a band called Asia Featuring John Payne exists as a continuation of John Payne 's career as Asia's frontman from until Wetton's return Bloodstream - Ed Sheeran - X After the break-up of King Crimson invarious plans for a supergroup involving bassist John Wetton had been mooted, including the abortive British Bulldog project with Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman in In Bruford and Wetton were reunited in U.
Their self-titled debut was released in But by JanuaryU. Rabin, in a filmed interview included in the DVD Livesaid that his involvement with Asia never went anywhere because "there was no chemistry" among the participants. The band's first recordings, under the auspices of Geffen record label head David Geffen and Kalodner, were extremely popular with record buyers, yet considered disappointing by music critics  and fans of traditional progressive rock, who found the music closer to radio-friendly album-oriented عصر المعجزات - نوال الزغبي - عايزة الرد AOR.
However, Asia clicked with fans of popular arena acts such as JourneyBoston and Styx ; Kalodner had once introduced Wetton to Journey's short-lived frontman Robert Fleischmanwith a view to Fleischman becoming Asia's lead singer. As they worked on material together, Fleischman was impressed by Wetton's singing and felt the voice best suited to the new material was Wetton's own. He left Asia amicably. Rolling Stone gave Asia an indifferent review,  while acknowledging the band's musicianship was a cut above the usual AOR expectations.
Testamentti Pojalleni - Various - Weteraani Marssi eponymous debut album Asiareleased in Marchgained considerable commercial success, spending nine weeks at number one on the United States album chart and selling over four million copies in the States alone.
The album sold over 10 million worldwide and has never been Dont Cry - Asia - Alpha of print. Both tracks went on to become stadium favourites at United States sporting events. The band's best performing single, and perhaps their most recognised and popular hit song, "Heat of the Moment", spent six weeks at 1 on Billboard 's Album Rock Tracks chart and climbed to 4 on the Hot In the United States the band sold out every date on their debut tour, which began at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York  on 22 Aprilcontinued in theatres but quickly expanded into massive arenas because of high ticket demand.
MTV also played Asia videos on heavy rotation—as many as five times a day. Both Billboard and Cash Box named Asia's debut the 1 album of the year. However, neither the second album, Alpha released in Julynor any following Asia album could repeat the chart success of the Dont Cry - Asia - Alpha release.
The video for "Smile" also scored heavy MTV play. However, Rolling Stone panned Alpha as an over-produced commercial album,  while others lamented that Dont Cry - Asia - Alpha and Palmer were effectively reduced to session musicians. Alpha received indifferent reviews from various critics, while still attaining Piledrivers - Various - ae thx (File, Album) status and reaching 6 on the Billboard album chart.
In OctoberDont Cry - Asia - Alpha was forced out of the group on the heels of the comparatively disappointing sales of Alpha. The band stated that Wetton quit; Wetton countered that he was fired by phone and there is no universally agreed upon version of what happened.
Wetton later revealed one factor may have been his alcohol dependency. In any event, the next leg of their United States tour which had begun in the summer but shut down suddenly on 10 September after a performance at Pine Knob in Detroitscheduled for the autumn, was abruptly cancelled, reportedly because of low ticket sales. Some of the songs had to be played in a lower key to suit Lake's voice and he read most of the lyrics from a teleprompter; Lake later commented in interviews that he was asked to cover Wetton's parts at very short notice.
Lake's stint with the band was very short-lived - he had essentially only covered the concert as a favour to Carl Palmer, and because Geffen Records had "offered me so much money there was no way I could refuse it.
Having been out of Asia for three months, Wetton was re-recruited following Lake's departure; he returned on the condition that Steve Howe was ousted from the band. For a while, Asia considered Dont Cry - Asia - Alpha as a three-piece without a permanent guitarist, inviting guest guitarists such as Jeff Beck and David Gilmour into the studio. Geffen Records suggested recruiting Krokus guitarist Mandy Meyerwho got on well with the band and was offered a permanent position: his playing style was more inclined to straightforward hard rock, thus changing the sound of the band.
Meanwhile, Howe went on to brief success with GTR another supergroup, this one formed with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackettand produced by Downes. The third Asia album was tentatively titled Arcadiabut Soul Finger - Paul Nero Sounds* - Neros Soul Party production it was discovered that that name was being used by a forthcoming spin-off project from Duran Duran.
The retitled Astrareleased in Novemberwas not as commercially successful as the first two albums. The record label cancelled the projected tour because of lack of interest. The band charted another single with " Go " No. The music video was another hit with MTV but in this Asia lineup folded, bringing the group to an end for the time being. Wetton is quoted as saying "[ Astra ] did really well in Sweden Wetton resurfaced in January with an album recorded with guitarist Phil ManzaneraWetton-Manzanerabased on material that had been originally intended for Asia.
Also inWetton played with Phenomena on their Dream Runner album and landed a number one Mine - Mined - Nevermined in South America with the Phenomena single "Did It All for Love", also appearing in the Alice Cooper - From The Inside music video.
Asia were also credited with contributing the Giorgio Moroder produced track "Gypsy Soul" to the Sylvester Stallone film soundtrack to Over the TopDont Cry - Asia - Alpha Wetton was the only band member involved.
Wetton and Downes' attempt to restart the group in with guitarist Scott Gorham formerly of Thin Lizzy and drummer Michael Sturgis ex- A-ha fizzled when they were unable to land a worldwide recording deal. Wetton and Palmer were more successful in reuniting the band for a few tours of Europe in the summer and autumn of Downes who was working on a project with Greg Lake was not available, so keyboards were played by John Young.
Guitars on this tour were handled by Alan Darby who was replaced shortly after by German guitarist Holger Larisch and Zoe Nicholas and Susie Webb were brought aboard to provide back-up vocals. Unlike Wetton's later anger at Asia continuing without him in the s, this lineup was viewed favourably by other Asia band members.
The band toured the former Soviet Union in November to play in front of 20, fans on two sold out nights. A video was planned but scrapped because various problems hampered the single's chance at the Top Asia received the RIAA Gold album award for Then and Now many years later, but the initial response was modest as the album failed to dent the Top The first album with this lineup was Aquareleased in June Howe returned during the sessions having just left Yes again, but Palmer would leave soon, committing to an ELP reunion, and was able to play on just three songs.
Drummers Simon Phillips and Nigel Glockler then completed the sessions. Downes' environmentalist single "Who Will Stop the Rain? The Aqua club tour featured Howe whose presence was heavily promotedwho took the stage after the fifth song. The tour was successful enough to warrant the band's continuation. Before a European festival tour in lateHowe and Burns left and were replaced by guitarist Keith More.
The group released Aria in Maywhich featured lead guitarist Al Pitrelli once again, who would leave Asia during the short Aria tour. The Aria album did not fare well commercially and the ensuing tour was limited to four concerts. Ex- Simply Red guitarist Aziz Ibrahim took over during the tour. Aria also introduced new drummer Michael Sturgis, who had been involved during the band's aborted reunion and had appeared on some of the sessions for Aqua.
Aria was not released in the United States until May Amid the lost equipment, a vault containing unreleased material was found intact. The band decided to release the material in two discs, Archiva 1 and Archiva 2.
Don Bowden - Busy, Busy album was released on Resurgence Records but there was no tour because of lack of interest. The group's lone promotional performance in conjunction with the album occurred on 19 Aprilwhen Downes and Payne appeared with guitarist Elliott Randall on the Virgin FM radio programme Alive in London to play Dont Cry - Asia - Alpha song "Never".
An all acoustic album, Live Acousticwas recorded by the group at Stadthalle, BruchsalGermany on 21 September and released in December that featured a lineup of Downes, Payne, Ibrahim, and drummer Bob Richards.
In there was talk of a reunion of the original lineup minus Howe. The Flute Concerto No. 1 In G Major - Jean-Pierre Rampal, Pergolesi*, Bach*, Karl Münchinger, The Stuttg proposition included Dave Kilminster on guitar, who had previously toured and recorded with Wetton.
While Howe was interested in participating, he was unable to because of his busy schedule with Yes. This reunion did not take place and John Payne continued to carry on Asia with Downes uninterrupted.
Wetton and Palmer did, however, get together to form Qangowhich included Kilminster and John Young, although the band was short-lived. In May the band put out an all instrumentals album called Rare. Aura took a more progressive rock form, but still did not recapture the commercial success of the first album. The single "Ready to Go Home" was Dont Cry - Asia - Alpha distributed.
Asia then signed with Recognition Records. In and Asia toured for the first time sinceincluding their first United States dates since In the summer ofDownes and Payne undertook the "Asia Across America Tour", which received some media attention. FCC incident picked up some unexpected exposure on the Internet. In an acoustic Asia toured once again featuring only Downes and Payne.
In the full band toured in Europe and the Americas playing settings ranging from small clubs to medium-sized theatres. In the United States attendance was poor at best. The new band started work on an album, tentatively entitled Architect of Timewhich was originally planned for release early inthough subsequent developments would cause this project to be shelved.
Half of this material ended up being released on the album Dont Cry - Asia - Alpha to the Soul in August under the new band name of GPSwhich was an acronym for the three players involved: Govan, Payne and Schellen.
After this, the three continued on as Asia Featuring John Payne in In earlyDownes left for a reunion of the original band lineup under the Asia name, a breakup that Payne described as "painful". Downes, Wetton, Palmer and Howe continued to perform and record as Asia thereafter. The official websites of each band reflect a split between the shared history of Payne's tenure with the band, as the reunited Asia acknowledge only pre- and post-Payne albums, whereas Asia Featuring John Payne claim Payne-era — albums Aqua through Silent Nation as part of their own discography.
Downes and the other three original members Wetton, Palmer and Howe convened Dont Cry - Asia - Alpha group meeting in England in early in anticipation of formally reforming for work that year.
And after a slew of rumours, they announced that this original lineup of Asia were planning a CD, DVD What I Dont Know Bout You (Live) - You Am I - Heavy Heart world tour to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary.
The band appeared in October on United States cable channel VH-1 Classic and began a world tour largely focused on the United States The band secured ownership of the Asia name and toured under the description of the Four Original Members of Asia.
The set list featured most of the first album as well as a couple of songs from the second, along with one selection each from Yes, ELP, King Crimson and the Buggles to acknowledge the history of each member of the band. In a interview, guitarist Steve Howe states, "This is the real Asia.
There have been other incarnations of the band, but this is the one that the public truly embraced". The tour began on 29 August in Rochester, New York.
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