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"Asia" is an arena rock/Progressive rock group. It was formed in 1981 as a supergroup, with former members of Yes, King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and The Buggles.


Asia began with the apparent demise of Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the two flagship bands of British progressive rock. After the break-up of King Crimson in 1974, various plans for a supergroup involving bassist John Wetton had been mooted, including the abortive British Bulldog project with Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman in 1976. In 1977, Bruford and Wetton were reunited in UK, along with guitarist Allan Holdsworth and keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson. Their eponymous debut was released in 1978. By 1980, after UK's demise and Wetton's departure from Wishbone Ash, a new supergroup project was suggested involving Wetton, Wakeman, drummer Carl Palmer and (then little known) guitarist Trevor Rabin, but Wakeman walked out of the project shortly before they were due to sign to Geffen and before they had ever played together. In 1981, Wetton and guitarist Steve Howe were brought together by A&R man John Kalodner and Geffen Records to start working and writing, Howe having come out of the break...

years active 1981–present
status Active
origin England
country England
music genre Rock music
current members Geoff Downes
John Wetton
Steve Howe (guitarist)
past members Mandy Meyer
John Payne
Guthrie Govan
Jay Schellen
Pat Thrall
Greg Lake
Michael Sturgis
Al Pitrelli
Vinnie Burns
Trevor Thornton
Aziz Ibrahim
Elliot Randall
Chris Slade
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