Carl Palmer: ASIA Announces 2014 Gravitas World Tour

Initial dates will take the band to Japan, England and North America

The dragon has risen again



ASIA is:

John Wetton - lead vocal and bass

Carl Palmer - drums

Geoff Downes - keyboards

Sam Coulson - guitars

Iconic British rock band ASIA’s 2014 Gravitas World Tour begins tonight, and incorporates visits to Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The band is taking to the road in support of its acclaimed new CD, Gravitas, introducing its newest member, guitarist Sam Coulson.

“It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awakened with fresh energy, direction and purpose,” says Asia’s John Wetton. He adds, “Last summer, ASIA played live dates, which opened in the UK, took in the massive Sweden Rock Festival, a European tour and a TV show in the glorious Roman Amphitheater, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with an orchestra. These were the first dates of the new chapter of ASIA.”

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

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

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, selling out every date on tour as the debut album crushed all the competition in record stores around the world.

ASIA’s original line-up reformed in 2006. It was the first time the four original members had worked together in 23 years. 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-ray/DVDs.

For ASIA's long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough. As Carl Palmer says: "Performing onstage 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."




Wed 6/11       Malvern UK                           Malvern Theatre

Thu 6/12        Holmfirth, UK                         Picturedrome


Tue 6/17        Nagoya, Japan                    Zepp

Wed 6/18       Osaka, Japan                       Sankei Hall Breeze

Thu 6/19        Tokyo, Japan                        Shibuya Kokaido

Fri 6/20          Tokyo, Japan                         Shibuya Kokaido


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


Tue 10/28      Gateshead,                           Sage H2

Wed 10/29    Manchester,                          RNCM,

Thu 10/30      Wolverhampton                   Wulfrun Hall

Fri 10/31        Christchurch                         The Regent Centre

Sun 11/2        London                                  Shepherds Bush Empire


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