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UPDATED: Steve Howe Will Return to Asia for John Wetton Tribute Shows

Dave Kotinsky / Ian Dickson, Getty Images
Dave Kotinsky / Ian Dickson, Getty Images

Asia have announced that their former guitarist, and current Yes member, Steve Howe will return to the band to take part in a series of tribute shows to late frontman John Wetton. Foreigner and John Parr will also be on the bill.

UPDATE: The John Wetton tribute dates scheduled for November have been canceled. According to a post on Asia’s Facebook page, “”Unfortunately the Foreigner / Asia / John Wetton tribute November dates have been cancelled for reasons beyond our control. Refunds can be obtained from ticket offices, or can kept for rescheduled dates”

Wetton lost his battle against cancer in January at the age of 67, putting the prog supergroup’s future in question. However, guitarist Sam Coulson, drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Geoff Downes had already hired Billy Sherwood to front them during their upcoming U.S. tour with Journey.

Now they’ve announced that Sherwood will appear alongside Howe during four U.K. concerts in November, with Palmer replaced by Dylan Howe (due to previous commitments by the drummer).

“A tribute to John Wetton is being planned, end November, four dates including the Royal Albert Hall, with members of Asia as special guests of Foreigner. John Parr will be opening the show,” Asia posted on their Facebook page. “Signed up so far are Geoff Downes and Steve Howe.”

“My heart breaks, understanding the circumstances,” Sherwood said of replacing Wetton. “I shall work very hard to maintain the integrity and musical standards expected.” You can see the list of dates for the tribute shows below.

Asia U.K. Tribute to John Wetton, With Foreigner and John Parr
Nov. 26 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Nov. 27 – London Royal Albert Hall
Nov. 29 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Nov. 30 –  Manchester O2 Apollo

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