ASIA confirm Steve Howe's replacement as Progsville goes news crazy Print E-mail
Friday, 11 January 2013 15:26



It's all kicking off in Progsville: the ink on the headlines that Asia co-founder/Yes guitarist Steve Howe had quit the former had barely dried when Asia announced his replacement (by way of a badly photoshopped new band line-up), a new album and an appearance at the Sweden Rock festival.


Steve Howe, who had been doing double duty in Yes and Asia since the original line-up of the latter reformed in 2006, commented:


"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."


His former bandmates, refusing to get caught up in the heat of the moment, wasted little time in getting news of Howe's replacement out there:


"If 2012 was a year to remember for ASIA, with the release of the acclaimed studio album ‘XXX’ marking the band’s thirtieth anniversary, then 2013 is set to be another. John Wetton, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer are delighted to announce that not only do they have an incredible talent in place to step into Steve Howe’s shoes, but also that their first international show with newcomer Sam Coulson will be a high profile performance at Sweden Rock 2013. Sam is a wonderful player, world-renowned amongst guitar virtuosos. Additionally, a new studio album, to be entitled ‘Valkyrie’, will be recorded for Frontiers Records during 2013 continuing the band’s relationship with the label."


John Wetton:


"ASIA is ready to take its next steps along this remarkable road. We cannot wait to perform again for the fans and also to unveil some of the new material, of which we are very proud."


Geoff Downes:


"We look forward to writing another chapter in Asia's history”. Carl Palmer commented, “We’re all looking forward to the next decade of great ASIA music."


"With a new guitarist in place, Sweden Rock confirmed and more high profile live dates to come, plus a new album slated for release, the ASIA trajectory continues: onward and upwards!"