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ASIA to release new studio album

Feb. 27, 2008 at 6:46 PM

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The British progressive rock group ASIA has announced plans to release its first new studio album in 25 years.

"Phoenix," which was recorded last August by all four original members of the band, is set to drop April 15, EMI America Records said.

ASIA, which has sold more than 15 million albums globally since 1982, has announced a world tour to support the release of "Phoenix," with U.S. dates confirmed for April and May.

"Everything that was there 25 years ago is still there, and quite simply, if you liked it then, you'll love it now," ASIA's singer and bassist John Wetton said in a statement.

"The recording has gone very well, especially since John is writing, singing and playing great," added guitarist Steve Howe. "I believe we've all found the teamwork creatively rewarding and we look forward to playing some new songs on stage."

"We're older now, and our audience has grown up with us," drummer Carl Palmer observed. "I think the lyrical themes on this record are some of the best John has ever developed. One track in particular, 'Extraordinary Life,' is among the best tracks we've ever recorded, and I believe could go on to be another ASIA classic."

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