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ASIA’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982, with several Top 10 singles. It was the world’s best selling album of that year. Featuring Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (bass, lead vocals), ASIA was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70s including Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK, and The Buggles.
Labeled a "supergroup" by critics and the media from the onset, it was a tag the band never asked for. ASIA’s music and rock’n’roll stage charisma developed organically and effortlessly. Although all four band members had experienced chart-topping success in their previous bands, ASIA had a special chemistry that fans and music industry insiders were quick to recognise.
ASIA became one of the most played acts during the first year of MTV. Throughout most of '82, ASIA ruled the radio airwaves and MTV. They sold out every date on the tour, and the debut album crushed all the competition at record stores around the world.
ASIA’s original line-up reformed in 2006. It was the first time in 23 years the four original members worked together. They regrouped with no more expectations than to play a single reunion tour. Now in its 7th reunion year, ASIA has completed several world tours, released two studio albums (2008's Phoenix, and 2010's Omega), as well as two live albums and DVDs recorded in Japan and the UK respectively.