Asia (often stylised as ASIA) are a British rock band.

The band was formed in 19 81 as a supergroup of four members from different progressive rock bands, namely John Wetton (former bassist/vocalist of such bands as King Crimson, Roxy Music, and Uriah Heep), Steve Howe (guitarist of Yes), Geoff Downes (keyboardist of Ye s and The Buggles) and drummer Carl Palmer (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and Atomic Rooster). The band has gone through many line-up changes throughout its history, but in 20 06, the original line-up reunited. As a result of this, a second band called Asi a Featuring John Payne exists as a continuation of John Payne's career as Asia's frontman from 1991 until Wetton's return in 2006.[5] In 2013, Howe departed the band for a third time in order to pursue other projects, and was replaced by gu itarist Sam Coulson, completing the current lineup.[6]

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