Thursday, January 10, 2013

Steve Howe quits Asia to focus on Yes and other projects



Guitarist Steve Howe has left his band Asia.

Howe issued the following statement:

"Myself and the band wish to thank their 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.”

Asia was forced to cancel its 30th-anniversary U.K. tour last month due to drummer Carl Palmer coming down with a severe case of E. coli.

Asia released its latest studio album, "XXX" (pronounced Triple X) last year.

YES will perform three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert, on a special tour in 2013: 1971’s The Yes Album, 1972’s Close To The Edge and 1977’s Going For The One. Music audiences will experience the albums, each representing an important milestone in YES’ career, performed from beginning to end.

The multi-platinum progressive rock band - bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison - will kick off the North American tour March 1st and conclude April 12th in Detroit.


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VIDEO: Asia – original lineup returns with new song