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STEVE HOWE QUITS ASIA

1/11/2013

Asia co-founder and legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe has quit Asia, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Howe has been doing double duty with the bands since the original Asia lineup reformed in 2006. In a statement, Howe gave a shout out to the band's die-hards who have never forgotten the early-'80s first pop-prog ensemble: "Myself and the band wish to thank the fans for the enthusiasm shown during the original members' reunion. I will continue with Yes, and with my trio and solo guitar work. I wish my friends continued success."


Frontman and bassist John Wetton, who continues to front the band -- who are about to record their next album, called, Valkyrie, said in a statement: "Asia is ready to take its next steps along this remarkable road. We cannot wait to perform again for the fans and also to unveil some of the new material, of which we are very proud."

  • According to Brave Words, guitarist Sam Coulson will replace Howe place in Asia.
  • Last month Asia abruptly canceled all its overseas dates due to drummer Carl Palmer being felled by the E. coli virus. The band had been planning to hit the U.K. to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its 1982 self-titled debut, while also supporting its latest release, XXX.
  • The band, which is being billed as Asia All Four Original Members, featured co-founders bassist John Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Carl Palmer. The reason for the somewhat less than catchy new moniker is to differentiate the original members from the other band, Asia Featuring John Payne, which is a continuation of the pre-2006 Asia line-up without the co-founders.
  • With Yes current dates spanning their entire career, we asked bassist Chris Squire if Steve Howe still harbors any resentment about performing the '80s-era songs which were recorded without him: "Y'know, he used to have more of an attitude about the '80s Yes, but then when we keep reminding him, 'But you were in Asia!' So, y'know, like, 'What do you mean, we weren't commercial? Come on!' He goes, 'Oh yeah. All right.' So, actually, he's changed a bit now. He had a, y'know, a personal thing about remembering the '70s, but now I think he understands a lot of what we did in the '80s and is a lot more tolerant (laugh)."


  • Yes tour dates (subject to change):
    March 1 - West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall
    March 3 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
    March 5 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
    March 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
    March 8 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Resort & Casino
    March 9 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino
    March 12 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
    March 14 - Omaha, NE - Holland Performing Arts Center
    March 16 - Hammond, IN - The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
    March 17 - Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace Theatre
    March 18 - Kansas City, MO - The Midland By AMC
    March 20 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
    March 21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
    March 22 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live Biloxi
    March 24 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live
    March 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Cruise To The Edge MSC Cruises - MSC Poesia
    March 30 - Melbourne, FL - King Center For Performing Arts
    April 2 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
    April 5 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand At Foxwoods
    April 6 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
    April 7 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    April 9 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
    April 11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
    April 12 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre

FAST FACTS

  • Asia's self-titled debut album was released in March 1982 and spent nine weeks on top of the Billboard 200 charts. The album spawned two hit singles, both of which were massive video hits on MTV -- "Heat Of The Moment" (#4) and "Only Time Will Tell" (#17).
  • The band's original run with it's founding members only lasted two albums, with 1983's Alpha peaking at Number Six and featuring the Top Ten hit, "Don't Cry."
    John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and Geoff Downes released the third Asia album featuring the original lineup in 2007 with Fantasia: Live In Tokyo and followed that up with the 2008 studio set Phoenix.

CHECK IT OUT: Asia in 2006 performing "Heat Of The Moment" live in Tokyo:

Chris Squire on Steve Howe and 80s Yes

Read more at BlabbermouthUltimate Classic Rock, Classic Rock and Noisecreep

Read about his replacement at Blabbermouth and Classic Rock


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