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More big news on the Asia front! - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 22:37
Well, it's starting to sound like the Asia reunion announcements are true and this may be more than a one-shot deal! Two official press releases were released today with big news about John Payne and co. The first release is:

In order to allay recent speculation, it is confirmed that Geoffrey Downes and John Payne have dissolved their partnership. John and Geoff wish to make it clear that they disapprove of negativity in the public domain, and trust that they can both receive support in their future career choices.
ADAM PARSONS, Siren Management, on behalf of John Payne
MARTIN DARVILL, Qedg management, on behalf of Geoffrey Downes

That definitely speaks for itself! But in other news for the fans of the now-defunct lineup:

John Payne, Guthrie Govan, and Jay Shellen of Asia have announced the formation of a new band called ONE. A deal has been signed with InsideOut Records and band's self-titled debut album will be released on 23rd May in North America and 26th May in Europe. Keyboard duties on the album were handled by Ryo Okumoto from Spock's Beard. The band plans to play select shows during the summer with a full European tour in the fall of 2006. ONE will be unveiling their new web site ( in the near future.

Thanks to Dave Gallant of the Asian Armada newsletter (and the Official Site) for the breaking news!

I'm sure some people will be upset by this news, and I wish them luck on their new project, but I for one was happy to hear it because I would love to see John Wetton back with the band permanently! Considering how determined Geoff Downes has been to continue working with John Payne in the past, for this to happen I suspect that reunion of the original lineup would have to be a sure thing!

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