New-look Asia announce Heat of The Moment US tour

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Keyboard player Geoff Downes has unveiled a brand new Asia line-up featuring John Mitchell (It BitesLonely RobotKinoFrost* and more), Planet X drummer Virgil Donati and Harry Whitley, who performed with the Asia line-up at last year's John Wetton An Extraordinary Life tribute show.

"And so it was that the John Wetton tribute last August really reminded me how much Asia’s music belongs on the stage," says Downes. "The response to it all was literally…spine-chilling. We were accompanied by some amazing musicians on the night, and I’m delighted that both John Mitchell and Harry Whitley, from the Asia segment, will be joining me for this tour. It promises to be a great evening of music and furthers the legacy of all our founder members, in particular the incredible contributions of John Wetton to the Asia canon.

“With the addition of Virgil Donati and John Mitchell, two of the finest musicians in the world in their respective classes, this is almost going full circle bearing in mind their previous close collaborations with John. Completing this circle is also the amazing Harry Whitley who absolutely floored the audience with his incredible vocal interpretation of the Asia songs that John W and I so lovingly wrote over the years."

The new-look band have announced a North American tour with prog legends Focus and Curved Air, and Martin Turner, with noted album cover artist Roger Dean acting as MC.

"I am convinced that John (Wetton’s) spirit is with us as we set out on this new adventure," adds Downes. "After all, it is the Year of the Dragon - just as it was in 1982, when we released our first Asia album. It’s as though it was meant to be. It is going to be both a very emotional and exciting tour, bringing back that music in front of our dedicated fans and newcomers alike. Looking forward to see you there, my friends – bring it on!"

Tickets go on sale on Friday April 26. You can see the full list of dates and ticket information below.


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Asia Heat of The Moment 2024 tour dates

Jul 3: CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Jul 4: NY Niagara Falls Fallsview Casino
Jul 6: OR Medford Chevalier Theatre
Jul 7: PN Huntingdon The Paramount
Jul 9: NJ Englewood Bergen Performing Arts Center
Jul 10: NJ Red Bank Count Basie Center
Jul 12: NJ Atlantic City Tropicana Showroom
Jul 13: PA Bethlehem Wind Creek Event Center
Jul 14: PA Lancaster American Music Theatre
Jul 16: SC Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Jul 17: TN Nashville Ryman Auditorium
Jul 18: CO Evans Columbia County Performing Arts Center
Jul 20: FL Orlando Hard Rock Live
Jul 21: FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Jul 22: FL Tampa Seminole Hard Rock
Jul 24: SC North Charleston PAC
Jul 25: GA Macon City Auditorium
Jul 26: AL Mobile Saeger Theatre
Jul 28: AL Huntsville VBC Mark Smith Concert Hall
Jul 30: MO St Charles The Armada Theatre
Jul 31: WI Milwaukee The Pabst Theatre

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.