Asia Announce Steve Howe Replacement and Album Plans

A day after announcing the departure of founding member Steve Howe, acclaimed rock supergroup Asia have announced his replacement.

The band have tapped newcomer Sam Coulson to take on guitar duties and he will be making his live debut with the band at Sweden Rock 2013.

The group, still featuring founding members John Wetton, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer, also announced plans to recording their new album, 'Valkyrie', which they will release via Frontiers Records.

Wetton had this to say about the lineup change and new album plans, "ASIA is ready to take its next steps along this remarkable road. We cannot wait to perform again for the fans and also to unveil some of the new material, of which we are very proud".

Geoff Downes adds, "We look forward to writing another chapter in Asia's history".

Carl Palmer concludes, "We're all looking forward to the next decade of great ASIA music".

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