Asia Roars Back to Life; TUNE IN TO OUR GREAT GUIDE Music

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Asia Roars Back to Life; TUNE IN TO OUR GREAT GUIDE Music


Byline: Paul Hooper

PUNK and New Wave sounded the death knell of the supergroup but some rock dinosaurs won't die.

Many thought ASIA were extinct but a new album 30 years after their first release proves they were just lying dormant waiting to spark back into life.

Fans of their eponymous, four-times platinum debut album will find lots to like on XXX, including new single Face On The Bridge.

XXX is full of that early 80s raw rock which can, at times, feels like a trip down Amnesia Lane.

But the songs are strong and full of great imagery. The original line-up is back and there's little doubt it is a more reflective Asia.

The other thing that can't be doubted is the pedigree of the four-piece - Geoff Downes (ex-YES and THE BUGGLES) on keyboards, guitarist Steve Howe, pictured, (Yes), drummer Carl Palmer (ELP) and bass player and vocalist John Wetton (URIAH HEEP and KING CRIMSON).

The band had a string of Top 10 singles in the early 80s including Only Time Will Tell and Heat Of The Moment, made frequent appearances on MTV and had a sell-out tour. …

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