Steve Howe leaves '80s supergroup Asia; band names new guitarist
Steve Howe, the guitarist who first dazzled fans in Yes and later thrilled '80s fans with his work with the supergroup Asia, has left the band, according to announcement on the official Asia website.
In a short statement to Classicrockmagazine.com, Howe said: "Myself and the band wish to thank the fans for the enthusiasm shown during the original members’ reunion. I will continue with Yes, and with my trio and solo guitar work. I wish my friends continued success."
The news, which was announced today, was immediately followed by an Asia announcement that they've found a new guitarist, Sam Coulson.
“Asia is ready to take its next steps along this remarkable road," John Wetton said in an official statement. "We cannot wait to perform again for the fans and also to unveil some of the new material, of which we are very proud."
“We look forward to writing another chapter in Asia’s history," keyboardist Geoff Downes added. Drummer Carl Palmer commented, “We’re all looking forward to the next decade of great Asia music."
We're still waiting to see the full text of Howe's statement, explaining his departure. A likely theory would be that the band's grueling touring schedule was too much for the 65-year-old Howe, who continues to tour as a solo artist and play larger venues with Yes.
Howe has left Asia before. He's been replaced over the years with guitarists including Mandy Meyer (Krokus) and Steve Lukather (Toto).