MUSIC NEWS - Prog rockers, ASIA, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (bass, lead vocals) will release a new studio album entitled “XXX” on Monday July 2 in the UK. The new album coincides with news of the band’s upcoming 30th Anniversary World Tour (details tba) and the collectors’ edition of their eponymous debut album.
Thirty years after their eponymous debut album, ASIA ascended to the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart (where the album remained No.1 for nine consecutive weeks). The new album, “XXX”, was produced by Mike Paxman, and features a stunning front cover illustration by the legendary Roger Dean. “XXX” has been hailed already as ASIA’s best album since their classic early 80s releases. The album will be released on CD, collector’s edition CD/DVD (featuring new music videos and behind the scenes footage), and on a limited edition vinyl.
The first single taken from the new album is entitled Face On The Bridge, will be released digitally worldwide on Monday May 14th. “We wanted to recapture the energy of the first album,” says ASIA / YES guitarist, Steve Howe. “ASIA has always been about great songs, fantastic musicianship and I am sure fans of the first album, will fall in love with XXX.”