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May 15th: On This Day

On this day in 1982, Asia was #1 on the Billboard US Album Chart with their self-titled debut studio album. The record spent a total of nine weeks at #1 and became the best-selling album of 1982. Asia contains their biggest hit “Heat of the Moment”, which reached #4 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The album was Certified 4x-Platinum in the US by the RIAA and has sold over ten million copies.

Asia Will Bring Back Steve Howe for John Wetton Tribute Shows

Asia will be doing a series of tribute shows for their late frontman John Wetton, who passes away in January. The band announced that their former guitarist, and current Yes member, Steve Howe will rejoin the band for these shows. The concerts will also feature Foreigner and John Parr.

After Wetton passed, the band’s future was thought to be in jeopardy, especially when the upcoming U.S. tour was announced with Journey. However, the rest of the band; guitarist Sam Coulson, drummer Carl Palmer, and keyboardist Geoff Downes had already hired Billy Sherwood to front the supergroup.

“A tribute to John Wetton is being planned, end November, four dates including the Royal Albert Hall, with members of Asia as special guests of Foreigner. John Parr will be opening the show,” Asia posted on their Facebook page. “Signed up so far are Geoff Downes and Steve Howe.”

“My heart breaks, understanding the circumstances,” Sherwood said of replacing Wetton. “I shall work very hard to maintain the integrity and musical standards expected.” You can see the list of dates for the tribute shows below.

Asia U.K. Tribute to John Wetton, With Foreigner and John Parr
Nov. 26 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Nov. 27 – London Royal Albert Hall
Nov. 29 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Nov. 30 –  Manchester O2 Apollo

Asia To Dedicate Upcoming Live CD/DVD ‘Symfonia’ to John Wetton

Asia will be releasing a two-disc CD/DVD set this month, and it will now serve as a memorial for late singer John Wetton.

The project, Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013, features the band’s most recent lineup – Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes and Sam Coulson – accompanied by the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra for the second half of their show.

The CD/DVD set will be released on February 24th and is available for pre-order now.

Wetton passed away in January at the age of 67 following his battle with cancer.

Asia, ‘Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013′ Track Listing
“Sole Survivor”
“Time Again”
“Face On The Bridge”
“My Own Time”
“Holy War”
“An Extraordinary Life”
“Days Like These”
“Open Your Eyes”
“Only Time will Tell”
“Don’t Cry”
“Heroine”
“The Smile Has Left Your Eyes”
“Wildest Dreams”
“Heat of the Moment”

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Read More: Asia Dedicate Upcoming Live Album ‘Symfonia’ to John Wetton | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/asia-symfonia-live-in-bulgaria-2013/?trackback=tsmclip

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Eric Clapton Releases Song for John Wetton

Eric Clapton has released a track he’s calling “For John W.” The song is a tribute to the recently deceased legend, John Wetton. Wetton was the singer and bassist in King Crimson, as well as the frontman of Asia.

Clapton uploaded the track to his Facebook page. Clapton did something similar when Jack Bruce, his former bandmate in Cream, passed away in October 2014.

Although Clapton has repeatedly noted his desire to quit touring, he has two nights scheduled at both New York’s Madison Square Garden and the Forum in Los Angeles for March.

Listen to Eric Clapton’s “For John W”

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Journey/Asia Add Summer Tour Dates

Journey and Asia hit the road for their co-headlining tour in March, but they’re already looking to add multiple dates to extend their time together.

The tour will pick up after Journey’s residency at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to take up most of May. Journey and Asia are booked to reunite starting June 5 in Tulsa, the first in a lengthy series of freshly announced shows that currently lasts until the middle of the following month, when they’ll stop in El Paso on July 15. Check out the new shows below, and visit Journey’s site for a complete list of dates, individual venue details and ticketing information.
It isn’t yet known whether Asia frontman John Wetton will be part of the lineup for the tour’s summer leg. As previously reported, he was forced to pull out of the band’s spring dates — including an appearance on Yes‘ Cruise to the Edge — due to chemotherapy treatment for his ongoing cancer battle.
Journey and Asia 2017 Summer Tour
6/05 — Tulsa, Okla.
6/07 — Tupelo, Miss.
6/09 — New Orleans, La.
6/11 — Greenville, S.C.
6/12 — Greensboro, N.C.
6/14 — Baltimore, Md.
6/16 — Uncasville, Ct.
6/17 — Atlantic City, N.J.
6/19 — Worcester, Mass.
6/21 — Rochester, N.Y.
6/22 — Windsor, Ontario
6/24 — Mount Pleasant, Mich.
6/25 — Toledo, Ohio
6/27 — Huntington, W.V.
6/28 — Louisville, Ky.
6/30 — Sioux City, Iowa
7/01 — Welch, Iowa
7/03 — Springfield, Mo.
7/05 — Southaven, Miss.
7/06 — Orange Beach, Ala.
7/08 — Pelham, Ala.
7/09 — Omaha, Neb.
7/12 — Sugar Land, Texas
7/13 — Laredo, Texas
7/15 — El Paso, Texas

 

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