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 legendary British classic rock band returns with a new studio album, a 30th Anniversary edition of their debut album, 2 DVDs, and a world tour that includes UK, Europe, Japan and America.
Asia will release their new studio album, 'XXX', (pronounced Triple X) via Frontiers Records, on Monday July 2nd. The new album, produced by Mike Paxman, has been hailed as Asia's best album since the 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.
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The first single taken from the highly anticipated new album is entitled 'Face On The Bridge', released digitally worlwide on Monday May 14th.
"We're very pleased with, and confident about 'XXX'", says John Wetton. "It encapsulates, lyrically and instrumentally, the essence of the band today. However, it is the very same four people that gave you the original, iconic album 30 years ago. If you loved it then, you will love it now."
Says Asia's guitarist, Steve Howe: "We wanted to recapture the energy of the first album, Asia has always been about great songs, fantastic musicianship and I am sure fans of the first album, will fall in love with 'XXX'."
In addition Asia has also completed 'Resonance', a DVD concert film of the group's 2010/2011 Omega World Tour, captured live in Switzerland which will be released subsequently.
To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, Asia will release a collector's edition box set based on their legendary 1982 eponymous debut album, supported by a myriad of Asia releases in 2012.
The 30th anniversary edition of their debut album will feature two audio CDs (a re-mastered edition of the debut album, plus a CD of live rare tracks), an expansive historical booklet, a limited edition Asia T-shirt, goodies from Asia's 1982 tour, plus a DVD of the new band documentary: 'Asia - 30 Years On'. A newly commissioned painting by Roger Dean updates the symbolic dragon and pearl from 1982 to 2012, the Year of The Water Dragon (in the Chinese calendar).
ASIA 'XXX' 30TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
Saturday 15th December: Tavistock The Wharf
Sunday 16th December: Holmfirth Picturedrome
Monday 17th December: Edinburgh Queen's Hall
Wednesday 19th December: Salisbury City Hall
Thursday 20th December: Birmingham Town Hall
Friday 21st December: Manchester Royal Northern College of Music