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In addition to the enduring 1982 hit song "Heat of the Moment," to which the band is now and forever tied, and its equally great partner in crime, "Only Time Will Tell," Asia also pioneered a style of prog rock that put the emphasis on pop sheen rather than maze-like song structures lifted from bad classical music. During the 1980s and early '90s, prog rock acts like Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer enjoyed tons of airplay and hit records. Unfortunately for the members of Asia -- Geoff Downes, formerly of Yes; John Wetton, formerly of King Crimson; Steve Howe, also a former member of Yes; and Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- they were unable to repeat the success of their self-titled debut with second record Alpha. From there, a "Ten Little Indians" scenario played out over the years until an entirely different band, led by Downes and replacement singer John Payne, was performing as "Asia with John Payne." This continued until 2008, when all four original members of the supergroup finally reunited and recorded Phoenix.

Asia Concert Films

  • Fantasia: Live In Tokyo

    Asia

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 1 hr 55 min

    Asia, featuring members of Yes, ELP and King Crimson, was the first supergroup of the eighties. Their eponymous debut album, released in 1982, was a huge success racking up global sales in excess of 15 million copies. In 2006 the original four members reunited for the first time in over 20 years for a series of concerts in the US and the UK. The success of this tour led to a full blown world tour running throughout 2007 in celebration of their 25th anniversary. This program was recorded in Tokyo in March 2007 on the Japanese leg of the tour.
     
     

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