Initial dates will take the band to Japan, England and North America.
The dragon has risen again.
Iconic British rock band ASIA is about to embark on its 2014 Gravitas World Tour, incorporating visits to Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The band is taking to the road in support of its acclaimed new CD, Gravitas, introducing its newest member, guitarist Sam Coulson.
“It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awakened with fresh energy, direction and purpose,” says Asia’s John Wetton, adding: “last summer, ASIA played live dates which opened in the UK, took in the massive Sweden Rock Festival, a European tour and a TV show in the glorious Roman Amphitheater, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with an orchestra. These were the first dates of the new chapter of ASIA.”
“There is a great energy when we step on stage,” says keyboardist Geoff Downes. “We can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”
Asia’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April, 1982, with several Top 10 singles. It became the best-selling album in the World in 1982. Featuring Geoff Downes on keyboards, Steve Howe on guitar, Carl Palmer on drums and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass, Asia was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles.
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, selling out every date on tour as the debut album crushed all the competition in record stores around the World.
The original line-up of ASIA reformed in 2006. It was the first time the four original members had worked together in 23 years. Prior to Gravitas, ASIA had completed several world tours, released three brilliant studio albums (2008’s Phoenix, 2010’s Omega, and 2012’s XXX), as well as three live albums and Blu`-rays / DVDs.
For ASIA’s long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough. As Carl Palmer says: “performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call ASIA.”
ASIA 2014 GRAVITAS WORLD TOUR
Wed 6/11 Malvern UK Malvern Theatre
Thu 6/12 Holmfirth, UK Picturedrome
Tue 6/17 Nagoya, Japan Zepp
Wed 6/18 Osaka, Japan Sankei Hall Breeze
Thu 6/19 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya Kokaido
Fri 6/20 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya Kokaido
Thu 9/11 Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall
Fri 9/12 Shirley, MA Bull Run
Sat 9/13 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino
Sun 9/14 Hartford, CT Infinity Hall
Wed 9/17 York, PA Pullo Center
Thu 9/18 State College, PA State Theater
Fri 9/19 Akron, NY Brauns Concert Cove
Sat 9/20 New York, NY BB Kings
Mon 9/22 Warrendale, PA Jergel’s
Wed 9/24 Newark, OH Midland Theater
Thu 9/25 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Fri 9/26 New Hope, PA (Phil) Havana (Rosh Hashanah)
Sat 9/27 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Sun 9/28 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Casino – Poconos
Tue 9/30 Annapolis, MD Rams Head
Wed 10/1 Annapolis, MD Rams Head
Fri 10/3 Atlanta, GA Variety Theater
Sat 10/4 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Casino
Sun 10/5 Franklin TN Franklin Theater
Tue 10/7 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Wed 10/8 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater
Thu 10/9 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
Sat 10/11 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Mon 10/13 Tucson, AZ Fox Theater
Tue 10/14 Phoenix, AZ The Press Room
Thu 10/16 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon
Fri 10/17 Las Vegas, NV Red Rock Casino – Rocks
Sat 10/18 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater
Sun 10/19 San Juan Capistrano Coach House
Mon 10/20 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Tue 10/28 Gateshead, Sage H2
Wed 10/29 Manchester, RNCM,
Thu 10/30 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Fri 10/31 Christchurch The Regent Centre
Sun 11/2 London Shepherds Bush Empire
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!
John Wetton – lead vocal and bass
Carl Palmer – drums
Geoff Downes- keyboards
Sam Coulson- guitars
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