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July 25th 2014--- Statement from “Rock Meets Classic” orchestral arena tour

“We’re proud to announce that Classic Rock Icon John Wetton of Asia & King Crimson will join the Rock Meets Classic Tour 2015. “Asia” the debut album by Asia was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982.  Number 1 on Billboard album chart for 9 weeks. 7 USA radio hits including the worldwide smashes “Heat of the Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell”. Please welcome John Wetton!”

More information to follow

July 23rd 2014--- John Wetton thanks Japanese fans on promoter Udo’s website: 

http://udo.jp/News/201407/index.html#140723

July 18th 2014--- ASIA date change for the Wulfrun Hall. The dates are now as follows:

28th October 2014         Sage H2, Gateshead
29th October 2014         RNCM, Manchester
31st October 2014         The Regent Centre, Christchurch
1st November 2014        Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
2nd November 2014       Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Please note existing Wulfrun tickets for 30th October remain valid. 

June 25th 2014--- By popular demand, the two albums from the recent John Wetton and Richard Palmer-James twofer are now available on iTunes - in their original individual form.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/jack-knife/id889141024

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/monkey-business-feat.-richard/id889182992

The twofer CD edition remains available from all good retailers and directly from Cherry Red here: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4562

June 20th 2014--- ASIA has revised the California (USA) leg of the 2014 Gravitas tour as shown below:

  • Thur Oct 16 San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • Fri Oct 17 Las Vegas, NV
  • Sat Oct 18 Beverly Hills, CA
  • Sun Oct 19 Agoura Hills, CA
  • Mon Oct 20 Solana Beach, CA

June 20th 2014--- ASIA High Voltage Blu-ray + CD was #1 yesterday on Amazon Japan Hard Rock DVD chart!

June 18th 2014--- Asia’s show this evening, at Osaka Sankei Hall Breeze, is a sell-out!

June 17th 2014--- Asia’s show this evening, at Nagoya Zepp, is a sell-out!

June 10th 2014--- On the eve of beginning its UK tour, ASIA is pleased to announce its US tour:

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

A full press release can be seen on the ASIA website by clicking here.

June 9th 2014--- John congratulates Krista Wallhagen and Kevin Mackie following Action Moves People winning the Independent Music Award in the "Spoken Word (with Music Accompaniment)" category. John voiced Krista's poem Grace Within.

June 5th 2014--- Asia is pleased to announce its UK Autumn Tour.

28th October 2014             Sage H2, Gateshead
29th October 2014             RNCM, Manchester
30th October 2014             Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
31st October 2014             The Regent Centre, Christchurch
2nd November 2014          Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The pre-sale link for Gateshead, Manchester and Wolverhampton is www.eventim.co.uk/cgi-bin/tickets.html?fun=erdetail&doc=erdetaila&erid=1115310&affiliate=RLR
The Regent Centre tickets can be purchased at (from 10am UK time) http://www.regentcentre.co.uk/
The Shepherds Bush Empire tickets can be purchased at http://www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk/event/67058/asia-tickets

May 21st 2014--- ASIA will be playing Shepherd's Bush Empire on 2nd November 2014. Tickets are now on sale here.

April 25th 2014--- Check this story from Prog:

http://www.progmagazine.com/news/2014-04-25/john-wetton-to-guest-with-giltrap-and-wakeman

April 16th 2014--- Listen back to John Wetton's interview with Team Rock Radio; 

http://www.teamrockradio.com/shows/the-prog-magazine-show


You can hear the interview at 1hr 15min

April 1st 2014--- Listen live to John's interview with Firebrand Rock Radio. This will air tonight (01/04/2014) between 7-9pm UK Time http://www.firebrandrr.co.uk/radio-player/

March 31st 2014--- Listen live to John's interview with Express/Forest FM this evening at 8.45pm [UK Time] http://www.expressfm.com/programmes/the-soft-rock-show/

March 28th 2014--- Listen live to John's interview with BBC Radio Berkshire this afternoon at 1.40pm [UK Time] http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioberkshire

March 27th 2014--- Listen live to John's interview with BBC Radio Suffolk this evening at 6.45pm [UK Time] http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiosuffolk

March 24th 2014--- ASIA's new single, Valkyrie, is currently at #7 in the US Mediabase Radio Play chart.

March 20th 2014--- ASIA's new album, Gravitas, is currently at #26 in the national charts in Japan.

March 17th 2014--- Listen back to John's interview with Flying Radio. You can hear Gravitas at 25min 20sec and the interview at 33min 20sec

http://radioeskilstuna.se/dev/blog/flying/

March 14th 2014--- ASIA is proud to announce that they will perform some of the tracks from their well-
received current album ‘Gravitas’ for the first time ever at a couple of select UK shows in
June. The dates, at the Malvern Theatre and the Holmfirth Picturedrome, are on sale now.

‘Gravitas’ sees the legendary British band moving into the next phase of its extraordinary
career; this is a brave new album that explores different musical landscapes while
embracing its familiar musical past. Produced and written by band members John Wetton
and Geoff Downes, the album also introduces the world to the band’s new guitarist, Sam
Coulson, who replaces Steve Howe in the line-up.

ASIA’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982 and was the best selling
album in the world that year. Featuring Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar),
Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (lead vocal and bass), the group was the logical
successor to their collective bands of the 70’s - Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The
Buggles.

UK DATES

11th June 2014
Malvern Theatre, Worcestershire
Ticket price: £25
Doors 7pm, on stage 7.30pm.
Box office: 01684 892277 or www.malvern-tickets.co.uk

12th June 2014
Holmfirth Picturedrome, West Yorkshire
Ticket price: £24.75
Box Office: 0844 249 1000 or www.picturedrome.net

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." John Wetton added, “Aware of the debt to our
homeland, we look forward to playing these two special dates in June to preview
'Gravitas', and introduce the latest, exciting chapter of this extraordinary band”. From
Geoff Downes, "We are very much looking forward to playing in front of our UK fans
once more. It's been quite a while, so of course we are extra-excited this time to bring our
music back to you all again. And in particular, we shall be including songs from our
brand new album 'Gravitas' - see you there!"


For more information or to request interviews please contact Chris Hewlett on 0845
601 2833 or email chris@chrishewlett.com

March 13th 2014--- Valkyrie has debuted at #13 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.

February 25th 2014--- The Huffington Post interviewed John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes about the new album, Gravitas. The interview can be read on their website.

February 25th 2014--- The EPK for ASIA's new album Gravitas is available on the Huffington Post's website.

February 24th 2014--- ASIA introduces its new album, Gravitas, with an exclusive premier of the Valkyrie promo video on USA Today.

February 17th 2014--- ASIA's forthcoming album Gravitas is available to pre-order on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id818667241?affId=2122161

February 7th 2014--- ASIA is pleased to announce that GRAVITAS is #1 in the Japanese HMV pre-order chart.

February 5th 2014---

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ASIA is:

John Wetton – lead vocal and bass
Carl Palmer – drums
Geoff Downes- keyboards
Sam Coulson- guitars

grav·i·tas ('gravi,täs/ -noun)
1. dignity, seriousness, or solemnity of manner.
“a post for which he has the expertise and the gravitas”

ASIA, the legendary British band, moves into the next phase of its extraordinary career with Gravitas, a brave new album that explores different musical landscapes while embracing its familiar musical past. Produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes, Gravitas is deeply introspective within a clearly accessible sound. The album also introduces the world to ASIA’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who came at the recommendation of Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert.

Scheduled for release on Frontiers Records on March 5th (Japan); March 21st (Europe); and March 25th(North America), the album will be available in two configurations: a standard CD and a Deluxe Edition, that will include two bonus tracks and a DVD containing the “Valkyrie” music video, a promotional film, and footage of classic live ASIA tracks such as “Heat of the Moment,” recorded with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.

From the title track, Gravitas, which chronicles a man’s struggle in the battlefield of life, to the powerfully compelling tale of unrequited love, “The Closer I Get To You,” the album is a tour de force for the band whose music has become a staple to rock fans around the world.

“Pure, unadulterated and stereotypical ASIA, with raw energy, enthusiasm and free from impurities,” says John Wetton. “ It conveys the spectrum of emotion and colour from real life agonies to ecstatic fantasy of escapism. Great songs, fabulous performance. Gravitas is ASIA by ASIA. At last.”

“With the addition of Sam it allowed us to take the band in a slightly different, and perhaps tougher, direction.” says Carl Palmer. “He brings a different feel to ASIA with his guitar work. As a band we have been able to grow, while at the same time, remain true to the classic ASIA sound that our fans know and love.”

Gravitas, like its definition, brings dignity and a powerful artistic statement with some of the best songs Wetton & Downes have ever written and ASIA has ever recorded. On “Joe Di Maggio’s Glove,” Wetton sings of a man trying to understand how the power of love had changed him using the metaphor of the soft leather that that makes up baseball’s most famous glove: “I’ve never been completely lost/ I’ve never been so in love/ How did my heart become so soft?/ Like Joe Di Maggio’s glove…”

“Nyctophobia,” a haunting rocker built upon driving rhythm and vocal harmonies, looks at a person’s debilitating fear of darkness: “There is no air in here/ I’m drowning in my fear/ And if I close my eyes, the ground will disappear…”  Gravitas‘ epic track, however, is “The Closer I Get To You,” likely to go down as one of Asia’ s most powerful ballads ever.  Exemplifying a man’s frustration over his inability to rest in the sanctuary of the woman he loves, Wetton sings: “Our existence is just floating at sea/ Cut adrift from the people we are.” Musically, it features a blistering guitar solo from Coulson over the rich, layered vocals that have become part of the band’s trademark sound. Gravitas, the band’s fourth studio album since reuniting eight years ago, is already being heralded as the band’s freshest album since the classic records of the early 1980s.

“The idea was to give the band a new sound that would still complement the classic ASIA sound of our best known material,” says Geoff Downes. “We tried very hard to blend the cocktail just right where we could offer something different and still maintain the musical legacy we have built.”

Asia’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April,1982, with several Top 10 singles. In the end, it was 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.

Labeled a “supergroup” by critics and the media from the onset, it was a tag they had never asked for. Asia’s music- and its rock’n’roll stage charisma- developed organically and effortlessly. Though all four men had seen chart-topping success in their previous bands, Asia had a special chemistry that fans and music industry insiders were quick to recognize.

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. They sold out every date on tour, and the debut album crushed all the competition at 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. They regrouped with no more expectations than to play a single, reunion tour. 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.

ASIA will embark on a world tour starting in June, and set to include Japan, UK, Europe, Canada and the United States.

Says Wetton: “Last summer, ASIA played  live dates which opened in the UK, took in the massive Sweden Rock Festival, a short Germany/ Austria/ Switzerland/ Denmark tour, and a TV show in the glorious Roman Theater, Plovdiv, with orchestra. These were the first dates of the new chapter of ASIA—and in my opinion, the band has never sounded better. “

“It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awakened with fresh energy, direction and purpose. Extensive touring from June 12th to support Gravitas will consolidate any speculation regarding ASIA’s live credentials. Great songs, fabulous performance.  Do not miss.”

“As with any new Asia album, putting it all together presents something of a challenge,” says Downes. “ In the case of  Gravitas, it’s fair to say everyone involved rose way above and beyond this challenge. We sincerely hope you like the result.”

“There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now,” says Downes. “We can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”

For ASIA’s long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage can not come soon enough. As 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.”

Preorder ASIA Gravitas at:
Regular Edition: http://smarturl.it/GravitasRegAmazon
Deluxe Edition: http://smarturl.it/GravitasDlxAmazon

For all things ASIA, please visit: www.originalasia.com
Follow ASIA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/asiatheband

January 31st 2014--- John is pleased to announce two albums he made with Richard Palmer-James are being re-issued as a 2 CD set. This 2014 re-mastered set features Monkey Business which has been out of print for nearly 10 years and Jack-Knife which has been out of print for nearly 20 years.

The release can be pre-ordered through the below link, with digital links to follow.

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4562

January 31st 2014--- ASIA is pleased to present the Roger Dean artwork album cover for the forthcoming Gravitas CD.

Click on the below thumbnail for a larger image.

The album is available to pre-order from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

January 30th 2014--- John has written this blow by blow of the songs on the forthcoming ASIA album Gravitas:

As an ASIA record, Gravitas shows a whole spectrum of musical, lyrical and sonic material, a mix of prog, rock, pop, folk, classical, melodic, alternative---all as it should be, accessible songs about real-life relationships and situations. The album's original title was 'Valkyrie', and indeed that is the opening track of the collection. This song was the first to emerge from our (myself and Geoff Downes) many writing sessions that take place before the formal recording takes place.

I remember clearly we were in Wales (all our writing for this album was done either at Geoff's studio in Wales or in Dorset, where I live. I had the title and a chord sequence, and we tossed this around for a while, until something clicked, and there was a moment, that spark that ignites the afternoon, and tells us that we have something---the muse gives it her blessing, and another ASIA song is conceived.

The title had been buzzing around for a while in my head, and in my heart---I have read enough Scandinavian folk lore and literature to know what the function of this super-male sacred feminine can do---her purpose to choose between those who live or die on the battlefield, and to escort them safely and gloriously to the next world. I tried a version of Valkyrie which would be a modern, 21st Century businesswoman---but went back to the Valkyrie's original purpose of safe delivery to the afterlife, whatever that may be. It's wishing safe passage to someone who passed away---the imagery is of a battlefield where the storyteller is lifted by the Valkyrie and taken to a safe place---the recurrent Guardian Angel theme in the lyrics of Gravitas comes from personal experience.

The location of the birthplace of the song is echoed in the introduction, an Asian Welsh male voice choir.  Haunting cello is provided by the lovely Katinka Steijns, who graces the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  

As with 'Valkyrie', I had the title "Gravitas' before the track was written, and it was at a band meeting where the majority vote went to this title for the album.

I wrote the intro/chorus chords on the 'magic piano' at home (on which many ASIA songs were written by Wetton/Downes from 1981 onwards---this piano has followed me through three major domestic location changes over the last 30 + years).  However, the opening chords were destined to be played on a noisy, in-your-face electric guitar.  The 'Gravitas' lyric is a fairly jaundiced view of emotional split/divorce, and all the acrimony that it entails, with a plea to leave the other party at least some of their dignity.  Great guitar solo from Sam on this one---what gets me every time is just as you think he might be running out of steam, he kicks into another tone, and just nails it.  Fabulous drums from Mr.Palmer on this, as on all the songs---he hits harder than any drummer I've ever worked with, he plays what is right for the track while maintaining his unique identity. 'Gravitas' is preceded by 'Lento', a beautiful Mahleresque adagio by Geoffrey---the calm before the storm.

‘The Closer I Get to You’ was one of the last two tracks written for this album.  An intimate A and B section leads you into a huge chorus.  The story is of the disintegration of a relationship.  Most of us have experienced this, and it's not pretty, so it does strike a chord in most people---- including the two authors of this song.  I tried to get the verses to sound as close as possible---no reverb, as if I'm speaking to you.  The chorus is the opposite---kitchen sink meets The Hollies----definitive chords from GD, and our storyteller is confused and more than a bit angry.  I thank Rob Aubrey, the vocal sound engineer, for his patience in the recording of this, it took a long time to capture the mood, many takes, and some tortuous editing.

'Nyctophobia', again one of the first batch of songs to be written---about fear of the dark. I had the opening line, and at my house in Bournemouth, Geoff and I expanded the sequence, and birthed the song.  I hardly ever write about anything that I haven't experienced myself, and this is no exception---all of the characters you hear about are real, too---they may not do the jobs they appear to in the lyric, but they are real people---their names just fit the bill perfectly---it's the same with situations and locations, the songwriter's licence to adapt can be a mischievous device, but it also protects the anonymity of the person/location.

'Russian Dolls' ---the germ of this idea started on an iCon tour some years ago, when we took the mid-Winter midnight train after a club gig in Moscow, en route to an ice-stadium in Saint Petersburg.  The trip takes all night, plenty of time to document the atmosphere of this incredible journey.  Moscow Main Station in sub-zero snow at midnight, with all the steam, hustle, bustle was amazing, and the journey itself, down to the tea Samovar in your sleeper car, and the fur-trimmed uniform of the stewardesses---so evocative. Arrival in the morning---still freezing, but clear blue skies and the phenomenal city of St.Petersburg---it had to be documented.  Geoff's verse, my chorus---and if anyone asks the question about 'as close as Russian Dolls' ---the answer is that one fits inside the other---and it doesn't get any closer than that.

'Heaven Help Me Now' was also in the first batch of songs that Geoff and I started playing with---it started with a chord sequence, and mushroomed from there.  The 'Tryptich' nature of this song starts with a small request to a Guardian Angel, a short hymn, ‘Wings of Angels' which began its life 20 years ago in Vancouver B.C., into the second part, 'Prelude', which I remember Geoff playing at a sound check (Ton Probe) in Darmstadt on our last tour of Germany in 2013.  When I heard it, I just asked GD to remember it, we agreed that it would be terrific in sequence on the album. The main body of the song is a plea to whatever is out there---sometimes I need a little extra help, if I'm running on my own power, it's simply not enough.

'I Would Die For You' was written by Geoff and myself around 1987, at a time when we would just go into a studio for a weekend and record as many new songs as we could.  The Snake Ranch on Lots Road, Chelsea, Hans Zimmer's studio on Fulham Road, we would be toiling away writing and recording---of course we had no idea that any of it would be useful decades later, but IWDFY is a stonking, riffy, no-nonsense tune about love in the first blossom of lust.  The guy just can't get enough of this poor girl, and would die for her---which leads onto the only uplifting love song of the album…………..

…………….’Joe DiMaggio's Glove', where the hero, a cynical, battle-hardened bachelor is tamed by a summer with the woman who loves him. The juxtaposition of his life before, then the change in his heart, is documented here, and for once, it's a happy ending.  Is Joe's glove that soft?  I've no idea, but it sounds great.

'Till We Meet Again" ends the album. It was not our intention to write a 'closer' for this  collection, but this song seems to slip comfortably into that role--- a rocky, Celtic, rootsy hoedown.  I'd been to a rock gig the night before in Southampton, and my ears were still ringing with this miscellany when GD and I started work at my house the next day.  It's a
celebration of friendship, and a farewell to the audience to be well and think good thoughts until we meet again---in this world, or the next.  Which is where 'Valkyrie' starts………

John Wetton, New Forest, Jan 30, 2014

December 24th 2013--- Asia's concert in Plovdiv, Bulgaria will be aired on Bulgarian National TV on the 30th December 2013 (with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra).

December 22nd 2013--- ASIA announces its first 2014 dates, please click on the below image for more details:

 

November 28th 2013--- Asia announces its new album GRAVITAS for release Spring 2014.

November 25th 2013--- John has been interviewed for Dr. Craig Wax's radio show which can be heard by CLICKING HERE

Dr. Craig M. Wax welcomes back the "Sole Survivor," himself, John Wetton, vocalist & bassist of Asia, UK & King Crimson. Today's episode of Your Health Matters is, "Surviving Rock Stardom." John Wetton talks about his music career spanning four decades and his health challenges as this "Phoenix," rose from the dust of deadly alcohol & cigarette addiction back to superstardom. John says he tells his story, "If I can help someone out, Ill gladly do it."

November 12th 2013--- John is once again helping to raise funds and awareness for testicular and prostate cancer through Movember.

http://uk.movember.com/mospace/6619129

John would like to thank people who have kindly donated so far.

October 28th 2013--- John guested on Aryeon's The Theory of Everything recently and the album was released today!

The album can be ordered here: http://store.arjenlucassen.com/preorders.html

October 27th 2013--- Following the standing ovation John received when he appeared with Steve Hackett at a sold out Royal Albert Hall, he is now back in the studio with ASIA working on their next studio album.

September 26th 2013--- Please click here for John's recent interview with Radio Tangra prior to the show in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

September 11th 2013--- For those following John's guest appearances, you may be interested to see the two fronts covers that have just been published for the first time: Ayreon's The Theory Of Everything and Prog Collective 2. Click on each image for a larger version.

September 3rd 2013---

Iconic vocalist John Wetton joins progressive band District 97 for a two week US tour featuring the music of King CrimsonJohn Wetton (Asia, UK, King Crimson) records and performs with rising talents District 97 which features popular American Idol female finalist Leslie Hunt.

John said "It goes without saying that I am very much looking forward to once more sharing the stage with District 97---the most exciting, explosive and musical band of its generation.  Audiences  can also enjoy a little of what blazed the trail 40 years ago in the same evening. How magical!"

10/6-Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
10/7-Winchester Music Hall, Lakewood, OH
10/8-Jammin' Java, Vienna VA
10/9-Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
10/10-The Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY
10/11-Regent Theater, Arlington, MA
10/12-Chameleon Club at Cara Irish Pub, Dover, NH
10/13-Roxy and Duke's Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ
10/15-Iridium, New York City, New York
10/17-Reggie's Rock Club, Chicago, IL

 
 *10/14-John Wetton with The Les Paul Trio, Iridium, New York City, New York

Please visit http://district97.net/shows for more details and ticket info.

District 97 with John Wetton can be seen performing 21st Century Schizoid Band here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJZu4Mylqis

August 30th 2013--- John is pleased to announce that he appears on the new Action Moves People CD. You can hear John's appearance here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbCH7sN1q-U

ACTION MOVES PEOPLE is a collection of poems and songs that are an inspiration to people of all ages. A strong message of self understanding,  self empowerment and global oneness are themes woven throughout this album with an acknowledgement that we are all one people,  regardless of race,  religion,  age and lifestyle;  that we can all endure the challenges of life, uplift ourselves and one another, and help  each other through life's easy and difficult moments. Within this collection, the artists deliver heartfelt and sincere performances of stirring poems and songs. 

All proceeds from the sales of this CD benefit the MOVE THIS WORLD charity,  which is a global nonprofit that uses creative movement to address and transform conflict and violence in communities. In partnership with schools,  community-based organizations,  families and corporations,  MTW is building and connecting more peaceful communities with over 10, 000 individuals across 22 cities and 4 continents.

Produced by a team including Kevin Mackie, Krista Wallhagen, Whitney Peyton, Rave Tesar, Kevin Frank, and Bobby Susser, The CD is being distributed via CD Baby. It is also available online at iTunes and Amazon.

Official website:   actionmovespeopleproject.com

 

August 30th 2013--- For reasons beyond ASIA's control, Stuttgart, Gothenburg and Oslo are cancelled.  Please contact ticket outlets for refunds.

August 30th 2013--- John is pleased to confirm that he will be singing on the next Aryeon album. You can see how the news was announced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psrN65MpaOk

August 23rd 2013--- Asia is headlining the Roman Theatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria on September 21st, 2013. John is looking forward to this show in particular and commented "This will be a unique show as an orchestra will be joining the band on stage for some pieces. The venue is of outstanding natural beauty and the whole show will be filmed to become our first DVD with new guitarist Sam Coulson."

August 9th 2013--- John will be touring with Eddie Jobson and Sonja Kristina in Japan this November. Two shows on the 9th and 10th November at Club Citta in Kawasaki have been confirmed.

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July 24th 2013--- John will be touring with District 97 in the US at the following dates:

10/6-Shank Hall, Milwaukee

10/7-Winchester Music Hall, Lakewood, OH

10/8-Jammin' Java, Vienna VA

10/9-Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA

10/11-Regent Theater, Arlington, MA

10/13-Roxy and Duke's Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ

10/15-Iridium, New York City, New York

10/17-Reggie's Rock Club, Chicago, IL

 

*10/14-John Wetton w/Les Paul Trio, Iridium, New York City, New York

July 22nd 2013--- John recently had a sneak preview of the new stereo CD with 5.1 DVD of the Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited Hammersmith Apollo show.  John is special guest on “Afterglow”.  It sounds magnificent.

This will be released in October (actual date not yet announced). We'll let you know when we get press / further details from Steve.

Don’t forget, John will be reprising the guest spot at The Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited Royal Albert Hall show on October 25. 

July 22nd 2013--- ASIA will be playing Harley Davidson Festival in Faak Am See, Austria on the 6th September.

July 21st 2013--- John will be singing with The Les Paul trio at The Iridium, New York City, on October 14th.

July 4th 2013--- John has just returned from a trip to Germany and is now returning to fulfil his schedule, which includes several days in the studio and song writing for Valkyrie.  John will also be working on a plan for the re-release of his solo catalogue with bonus material.

 

 

 
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