ASIA Featuring John Payne
Progressive rock band based in Los Angeles, CA. Includes bassist and vocalist John Payne, drummer Jay Schellen, keyboardist Erik Norlander, and guitarist Mitch Perry.
John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA the world for 14 years and released 8 stunning studio albums and several live recordings. In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to join the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary.
In May 2006 John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as "ASIA Featuring John Payne". ASIA Featuring John Payne have been touring in North America since 2008 and a new studio album is underway.