Return of the real Asia?
After decades of various lineups, it appears that the original members of Asia are poised to rejoin the group and tour later this year. Announcements at the band's official website indicate that John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes are going to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary by reforming the rock supergroup and touring the world.
The reunion is made possible after Downes and current band bassist John Payne dissolved their relationship in late February. An official announcement on the 25th anniversary tour is expected soon. Asia fans say band members have told them the tour would start in December.
Asia's original lineup hasn't toured together since supporting their debut album in 1982, which spawned such hits as Heat of the Moment and Only Time Will Tell. Conflicts within the band led lead singer and songwriter Wetton to abruptly leave the group just prior to the band's MTV concert in Japan, triggering two decades of lineup changes.