Steve Howe Decides to Leave Asia
Posted by Michael Mueller on January 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Legendary prog-rock guitarist Steve Howe and the supergroup Asia have announced they are parting ways. "Myself and the band wish to thank their fans for the enthusiasm shown during the original members' reunion," said Howe. "I will continue with Yes, and with my trio and solo guitar work. I wish my friends continued success."
The band has already announced Howe's replacement, Sam Coulson, who will join them for their performance at Sweden Rock 2013, in June, as well as for their upcoming 2013 release, Valkyrie. Says keyboardist Geoff Downes, "We look forward to writing another chapter in Asia's history."
The original Asia lineup (Howe, bassist John Wetton, keyboardist Geoff Downes, drummer Carl Palmer) reunited in 2006 for a U.S. tour, which eventually turned into four world tours, three new studio albums, three DVDs, and several live albums. The band is best known, of course, for their 1982 chart-topping self-titled debut, which featured the smash hit "Heat of the Moment"—still one of the most popular rock anthems of all time.