Asia

From Los Angeles, California, USA.  Thanks to Guillermo F. Vazquez Malagamba for keeping me straight on the lineup.
Asia I (1981 - 1983)
  • Steve Howe - guitar - b. April 8, 1947 - formerly with The Syndicats, The In Crowd, Tomorrow, Bodast, and Yes.
  • Geoffrey Downes - keyboards - formerly with The Buggles and Yes.
  • John Wetton - bass/vocals - b. July 12, 1949, Derby, England - formerly with The Palmer-James Group, Tetrad/Ginger Man, Splinter, Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music (guest musician), Uriah Heep, UK, and Wishbone Ash.
  • Carl Palmer - drums - b. March 20, 1947, Birmingham, England - formerly with Atomic Rooster and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Albums:
  1. "Asia" (1982) - Singles: "Heat of the Moment", "Only Time Will Tell", "Sole Survivor"
  2. "Alpha" (1983)
  3. "Live in Osaka" (1997)

Asia II (September 1983 - December 1983) Steve Howe joins GTR, later joins Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe, and later rejoins Yes. Greg Lake joins Emerson, Lake and Powell.

Asia III (1984 - 1986)
  • Geoffrey Downes - keyboards
  • John Wetton - bass/vocals
  • Carl Palmer - drums
  • Mandy Meyer - guitar
Album:
  1. "Astra"
Group disbands.  Carl Palmer rejoins Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Asia IV (1990 - 1991)
  • Geoffrey Downes - keyboards
  • John Wetton - bass/vocals
  • Carl Palmer - drums
  • Pat Thrall - guitar - b. San Francisco, California, USA.
Albums:
  1. "Live in Moscow" (1992) - recorded in September 1990.
  2. "Now: Nottingham Live" (1997)

Asia V (1992)
  • Steve Howe - guitar
  • Geoffrey Downes - keyboards
  • Carl Palmer - drums
  • Al Pitrelli - guitar
  • John Payne - bass/vocals
Album:
  1. "Aqua" (1992)
  2. "Live in Philadelphia" (1997) - recorded in 1992.
Carl Palmer rejoins Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Asia VI (1994 - ? )
  • Geoffrey Downes - keyboards
  • John Payne - bass/vocals
  • Al Pitrelli - guitar
  • Michael Sturgis - drums
Album:
  1. "Aria" (1994)
  2. "Live in Koln" (1997) - recorded in 1994.

Asia VII ( ? - 2001)
  • Geoffrey Downes - keyboards
  • John Payne - bass/guitar/vocals
  • Michael Sturgis - drums
  • Elliot Randall - guitar
  • Aziz Ibrahim - guitar
  • Tomoyasu Hotei - guitar
  • Luis Jardim - percussion
Album:
  1. "Arena" (1998)
  2. "Axioms" (1999)
  3. "Aura" (2001)

Asia VIII (2001 - Present)
  • Geoffrey Downes - keyboards
  • John Payne - bass/guitar/vocals
  • Guthrie Govan - guitar
  • Chris Slade - drums - formerly with Tom Jones, Toomorrow (with Olivia Newton-John), Manfred Mann's Earth Band, The Firm, and AC/DC.
Album:
  1. "Silent Nation" (2004)

Compilations:
  1. "Then & Now" (1990)
  2. "Archiva, Vol. 1" (1996)
  3. "Archiva, Vol. 2" (1996)
  4. "Anthology" (1999)
  5. "Rare" (2000)
  6. "The Very Best of Asia: Heat of the Moment (1982-1990)" (2000)
  7. "Anthologia: 20th Anniversary Geffen Years 1982-90" (2-CDs) (2002)
  8. "20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Asia" (2003)

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Last Revised:  February 21, 2005
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