Pooling the talents of bassist/vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes and guitarist Steve Howe, Asia immediately became the epitome of supergroup of rock aristocracy and the natural heir to its members’ legendary bands of the 70s – King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Palmer, The Buggles and Yes.

Expanding from their progressive roots, Asia embraced and dominated the vivid FM rock sound that dominated US airwaves during the early 1980s. However, it would be the newly established cable TV phenomenon MTV that would revolutionize the music industry and bring ASIA along with its success. ASIA were among the earliest bands to respond to the demand for music videos; weeks after its debut album was released they were an international supergroup. The single Heat Of The Moment was a world-wide monster smash and their eponymous 1982 debut album spent an incredible 9 weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart. By the end of the year, the debut ASIA album would become the biggest selling album of the year worldwide. Their success at radio and MTV was coupled with sold out shows on the band’s first world tour.

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