Asia: the story of a supergroup

Metal Hammer

By the 1980s, prog rock was on its metaphorical knees. Internal friction had fatally wounded Pink Floyd during the making of The Wall. The disastrous Love Beach had caused Emerson Lake & Palmer to implode. Genesis had lost not only Peter Gabriel but Steve Hackett too. And Yes had disbanded following the heroic yet doomed attempt to incorporate two members of pop duo Buggles – vocalist Trevor Horn and keyboard player Geoffrey Downes – into their line-up for the Drama album.

Something had to change. And in 1981 that’s exactly what happened when Steve Howe, formerly of Yes, and John Wetton, forged a new alliance. 


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