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ASIA Featuring John Payne Live at Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA
June 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
THE DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY TOUR
2022 landmarks 30 years since the release of the ASIA album AQUA on which John Payne was ASIA’s lead vocalist. The following 15 years featured 7 more stunning ASIA studio albums, ARIA, ARENA, ANTHOLOGY, AURA, ARCHIVA 1&2 and SILENT NATION.
This year also celebrates 40 years since the 1982 release of the first ASIA album (Downes, Howe, Wetton, Palmer) that features the hits, Heat of the Moment and Only Time Will Tell.
This tour will showcase the music of both ASIA’s 1982 release and ASIA’s 1992 release AQUA. The 90 minute show focuses on those two albums and a set list that includes, Who Will Stop the Rain, Someday, Heat of the Moment, Only Time Will Tell, Back in Town, Lay Down Your Arms, Sole Survivor, Time Again, Love Under Fire, Heaven on Earth, Wildest Dreams, Here Comes the Feeling and more.
Vocalist John Payne remarked “This is going to be very nostalgic for me, I haven’t played some of these songs in 30 years and I’m extremely excited to do this tour with our band. We want the shows to sound as close to the original recordings as possible.”
John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. ASIA extensively toured the world for the next 14 years performing new classics and old favorites. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA released 8 stunning studio albums and several live recordings. In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 lineup for their 25th anniversary.
On the 9th of May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as “ASIA Featuring John Payne”. ASIA Featuring John Payne has been touring in North America since 2008.