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    Posted: January 20 2013 at 11:35

From http://www.theasiaband.com/


"Los Angeles, California – AOR/Prog rockers ASIA Featuring John Payne are set to make the music industry stand up and listen with their first single release “Seasons Will Change” now available as a digital single on iTunes and other mainstream online media outlets. Co-written by John Payne and Erik Norlander, “Seasons Will Change” is the first track unveiled from the band’s forthcoming album “Americana”, scheduled for release by Sony Music Japan in 2013. To promote the single, ASIA Featuring John Payne has released a promotional video for “Seasons Will Change”.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wanorak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2013 at 12:15
As much as I like the original Asia, this is much better in every regard IMO. The original Asia sounds tired and this sounds fresher. The songwriting, like with the original Asia is not great, but the music is much better.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote davemuttillo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2013 at 15:42
Much more vibrant and lively than original Asia. I have been looking forward to this release for a while.
Sounds like it will have benn worth the wait, if this new single is any indication of what is to come.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twosteves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2013 at 16:31
I know I should know this---but how can their be two Asia's--I mean legally ---could John Payne not come up with another name?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wanorak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2013 at 18:27
Asia with John Payne as lead vocalist was together longer than the original Asia!! I think he was given short shrift when Asia reformed and Geoff Downes et al took the name with them!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twosteves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2013 at 19:50
well, hate this kind of music but I think John Paynes Asia 2.0 would have been a less confusing nameLOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thandrus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2013 at 21:34
Originally posted by twosteves twosteves wrote:

I know I should know this---but how can their be two Asia's--I mean legally ---could John Payne not come up with another name?

John Payne and original Asia members have officially settled about it Smile
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Again from the official website:


"ASIA Featuring John Payne has been touring North America since 2008 and playing to enthusiastic fans across the USA and from Canada down to Mexico. A high-powered spinoff of the original ASIA group formed in 1981, ASIA Featuring John Payne consists of John Payne (lead vocals, bass), Jay Schellen (drums), Erik Norlander (keyboards), Moni Scaria (guitar) and Jeff Kollman (guitar). While Payne, Schellen and Norlander have been working together since the band’s inception, the current lineup with guitarists Scaria and Kollman was finalized just this year in 2012.

John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA released 8 stunning studio albums, several live albums, a live DVD, and toured the world extensively for 14 years.

In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary. On the 9th of May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as “ASIA Featuring John Payne."
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2013 at 04:42
Oh no, not John P.I.T.A.........
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SouthSideoftheSky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2013 at 07:53
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Oh no, not John P.I.T.A.........

Huh?
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Cliched as heck.

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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Cliched as heck.


Sure, but there is good cliché and bad cliché, and this is the good variety. I agree with some the above posters that this is much more fresh and vibrant than the "original" Asia (who are not all that original anymore, since Steve Howe has left). I have always preferred Payne over Wetton, and Erik Norlander is a brilliant keyboard player and composer. Jay Schellen is a great drummer too. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SouthSideoftheSky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2013 at 19:08

I dug up this Asia featuring John Payne video blog from 2010. This part has focuses on Norlander. 



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RoyFairbank Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2013 at 07:39
I hope this is on rhapsody. I really like Payne-Asia. The album Aria is a favorite of mine.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gerinski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2013 at 11:11
Not a disaster but still so AOR.... no thanks.
And I don't like this double Asia name thing, c'mon, it's not like the Asia name is worth as much as the Yes or Genesis brands.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rushfan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2013 at 11:48
I think that it is probably worth more, and since I love AOR this sounds great to me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2013 at 14:32
Originally posted by SouthSideoftheSky SouthSideoftheSky wrote:

Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Cliched as heck.


Sure, but there is good cliché and bad cliché, and this is the good variety. I agree with some the above posters that this is much more fresh and vibrant than the "original" Asia (who are not all that original anymore, since Steve Howe has left). I have always preferred Payne over Wetton, and Erik Norlander is a brilliant keyboard player and composer. Jay Schellen is a great drummer too. 

not sure what is 'fresh' about it , sounds to me a bit like something the band Europe would have churned out in the eighties.
 
 
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Who the heck would want a rotten name like Asia for a band name anyway?
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Well, maybe I'm being optimistic, but I still hope that Norlander is able to inject some progressive spirit into the band (like Ryo Okumoto did in GPS). The above song is after all a single, and it is usually the album tracks that are the most proggy. 

I also hope they will have the great Rodney Matthews to do the cover art (as he did for the Aqua and Arena albums).



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Thoroughly enjoyed hearing this - a long time since I've heard from JP. I remember going to see the 'Silent Nation' tour at Wolverhampton Civic and being blown away, my only regret was there was no live material released from this tour. As I've been unable to find any material from the Asia feat, JP since the split and I will definitely be looking out for this release. I, for one, will remember the JP period as well as the JW period wth equal delight and am more than happy to see that both versions are flourishing (even though SH has departed once again!)
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