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ASIA Featuring John Payne Kicks Off Summer Tour at American Music Festival July 5th

posted Jun 21, 2009, 9:42 PM by Vu Nguyen
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ASIA Featuring John Payne Kicks Off Summer Tour at American Music Festival July 5th
Classic AOR band hits festivals/venues around the nation

     Los Angeles, CA - Classic AOR band ASIA Featuring John Payne is scheduled to appear at festivals and venues around the USA this summer beginning July 5th at the American Music Festival in Riverfront Park, Harrisburg, PA. ASIA Featuring John Payne will perform many of Asia's hit songs plus new material from their upcoming release "Military Man".

     Asia Featuring John Payne's tourdates are as follows with additional dates TBA:

July 5, 2009     American Music Festival, Riverfront Park in downtown Harrisburg, PA 6:30PM
July 11, 2009     Riverfest, East Hartford, CT
July 12, 2009     Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road, Londonderry, NH 03053 7PM
July 14, 2009     Mohegan Sun Casino, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT 8PM
July 16, 2009     The Boogie Festival, Springville, IN 11PM
July 18, 2009     Rock N Resort Music Festival, Clays Park Resort, North Lawrence, OH 44666 7:30PM
August 7, 2009     Crestwood Fest, Caesar Park, Crestwood, IL 9:45PM
August 9, 2009     Valley Cultural Arts, Warner Park Ctr., 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 6PM
August 12, 2009     Trocaderos Event Center, 107 Third Ave., Minneapolis, MN 8PM
August 13, 2009     Waterfest, Riverside Park, Oshkosh, WI (with Night Ranger) 8PM
August 15, 2009     Wisconsin State Fair, Cousins Subs Amphitheater, West Allis, WI 8PM
September 12, 2009     Sky City Casino, Interstate 40 Exit 102, Acoma, NM 87034 8PM

     John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. ASIA extensively toured the world for the next 14 years performing new classics and old favorites. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA released 8 stunning studio albums and several live recordings. In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary. On the 9th of 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 commenced touring in North America and a new studio album is planned for release in late 2009.

ASIA Featuring John Payne Member Bios

Guitarist Mitch Perry joins ASIA Featuring John Payne for the 2009 summer tour. Gold records, sold out concert tours, MTV video and network TV appearances, numerous magazine features and recognition in the form of several guitar awards, over the last 25 years Mitch Perry has accomplished all of the above in a career working alongside some of the most renowned and popular musicians in the world. Mitch's discography and touring experience reads like a who's who of rock ranging from Aerosmith to Michael Schenker Group to Cher and Edgar Winter. His performances both live and in the studio show him to be a truly world

Drummer Jay Schellen joined as ASIA’s premiere drummer in 2005, toured in Europe with the band and recording the album ASIA Featuring John Payne EXTENDED VERSIONS for Sony in 2006 when he remained with ASIA Featuring John Payne. Before joining ASIA, Jay played drums for Hurricane, Unruly Child, Badfinger and Conspiracy with Chris Squire from Yes.

Keyboardist Erik Norlander joined ASIA Featuring John Payne in November of 2007. Erik's evocative synthesizer technique is reminiscent of the legendary Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson and Jon Lord while still very unique made him an obvious choice for the band. His works include over 25 releases with Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists and solo titles

Vocalist/bassist John Payne fronted ASIA for 14 years replacing John Wetton in 1992. 8 studio albums and 6 live albums followed including extensive world touring with the band. In 2006, John formed "ASIA Featuring John Payne" and is performing shows with his current lineup. Previous to ASIA, John sang with Roger Daltrey, CCCP, ELO Part 2 and more recently GPS plus being chosen as the Parson in Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds stadium tour.

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