No, not THAT Asia...
Here's a bit of weird news for Tampa Bay area fans of '80s music: The previous announcement that St. Petersburg's annual Ribfest had booked Asia to play the festival in November is only partly true.
It will actually be "Asia featuring John Payne" playing Ribfest on Nov. 16, not the original lineup of Asia (John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes.)
Payne was Asia's lead singer and bassist from 1992 to 2006. Though the band released more than a dozen albums during his tenure, he was not invited to participate when the original members reunited in 2006. Payne's version of the group does play songs from the entire history of Asia though.