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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

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