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Concerts: Asia Featuring John Payne Performs July 4th Concert For The Troops

Posted on Wednesday, June 18 @ 20:38:01 UTC by nightowl

Classic prog rock, hitmaking band Asia Featuring John Payne will perform at the upcoming Concert for the Troops to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, 2008. The event will be held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena from 4-9PM and will be full of surprises, including military flyovers, and over 1500 uniformed men and women on the concert floor as Los Angeles celebrates those who serve our country. A spectacular fireworks show will follow the event. The concert will be recorded and will be shown overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

John Payne has been lead vocalist, bassist and driving force for the supergroup Asia for some 16 years, releasing over 15 albums with them and participating in extensive world tours. To continue this legacy after Downes? departure in 2006, keyboard wizard Erik Norlander was brought into the fold with existing members Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen. On October 16th, 2007, Sony/BMG released Asia featuring John Payne - Extended Versions. A new studio CD release is planned for later this year.

Asia Featuring John Payne member bios:

JOHN PAYNE - Asia vocalist, bassist, and producer since 1991. 15 albums with Asia. Formerly in ELO. Vocalist and bassist GPS and CCCP. Producer, engineer and guest vocalist with Roger Daltrey, Mike Oldfield, Steve Howe, and GTR.

GUTHRIE GOVAN - Asia guitarist for the last 7 years, featured on Aura, America, Silent Nation and Extended Versions. Regular writer for Guitar Techniques Magazine.

JAY SCHELLEN - Asia drummer since 2005. Featured on Asia Featuring John Payne - Extended Versions. Formerly drummer of Hurricane with Kelly Hanson (Foreigner), Badfinger, Stone Fury, Unruly Child and Conspiracy (Chris Squire, Yes)

ERIK NORLANDER - new Asia Featuring John Payne keyboard wizard par excellence. 25 albums with Lana Lane. Rocket Scientists, and solo albums. Producer for several others.

Asia Featuring John Payne will present a special CD single available at this show only featuring the re-recorded songs "Military Man" b/w "Long Way From Home." All proceeds for this CD single will benefit the SoCal USO.

For more information about Asia Featuring John Payne, please visit www.theasiaband.com and www.myspace.com/asiafeaturingjohnpayne. For more info about the concert, visit www.concertforthetroops.com.

[Source: Serge Entertainment PR]

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