By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Steve Howe has officially called it quits with Asia. The guitarist issued the statement today (January 10th):
“Myself and the band wish to thank their fans for the enthusiasm shown during the original members’ reunion. I will continue with Yes, and with my trio and solo guitar work. I wish my friends continued success.”
Howe, who co-founded the group back in 1981, reunited with his original bandmates in 2006.The band, which also consists of bassist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Geoff Downes, has since released several albums, most recently, 2012’s acclaimed XXX.
Asia was set for a 30th anniversary UK tour last month, but was forced to cancel following Carl Palmer’s severe bout of E. coli. The band announced today on their website that guitarist Sam Couslon would be replacing Howe, and that they will release a new album entitled Valkyrie this year via Frontiers Records. Asia also noted that they will be performing at Sweden Rock 2013.
Meanwhile, another one of Howe’s popular bands, Yes, has recently announced a 2013 tour, in which they will be performing three of their most iconic albums: The Yes Album (1971), Close to the Edge (1972) and Going for the One (1977).
For more on the latest Steve Howe news, head to his official website.