ASIA Featuring John Payne

About

LA-based progressive rock band celebrating John Payne's 14 years as lead singer of ASIA.

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 been touring in North America since 2008.

  • ASIA Featuring John Payne Music

    Aqua, Aria, Arena, Anthology, Archiva, Aura
    America: Live in the USA CD+DVD, Silent Nation
    Military Man EP
    Seasons Will Change Digital Single
    Risen Sun (live)
    Recollections CD+LP
    Americana (forthcoming)

  • Other Projects

    GPS: Window to the Soul, GPS Two Seasons Live in Japan CD+DVD box set

  • Current Members

    John Payne (lead vocals, bass), Jay Schellen (drums), Ryo Okumoto (keyboards), Jeff Kollman (guitar), Moni Scaria (guitar)

  • Former Members Include

    Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, Guthrie Govan, Chris Slade, Al Pitrelli

The Band

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John Payne

Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar
John Payne was the lead vocalist of ASIA from 1992-2006. He founded modern progressive rock band GPS. He is also a guitarist, composer, recording engineer and record producer. He co-created and previously performed in the Las Vegas production Raiding the Rock Vault.
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Jay Schellen

Drums
Jay Schellen joined as ASIA in 2005. Before ASIA, Jay played for Hurricane, Unruly Child, Badfinger, Firewolfe and Yes members Chris Squire, Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood and Peter Banks. Jay is a founding member of GPS. Currently Jay also performs with Raiding the Rock Vault in Las Vegas.
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Moni Scaria

Guitars
Guitarist Moni Scaria has performed with WWIII, Kidneythieves and Joey Vera. He joined AFJP in 2012. John Payne says: “I first saw Moni play in Burbank in 2004. I was so taken by both his guitar playing and vocals in 2008 I asked him to fill in for Guthrie Govan on a live date. I was blown away by his skill and accuracy.”
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Jeff Kollman

Guitars
Jeff joined AFJP in 2012. He ranked in the top 20 favorite guitarists in Young Guitar Magazine\’s readers poll. Jeff is an in demand session guitarist, writer, and producer with numerous TV/film credits and has worked with acts including: Jill Scott, UFO, Lao Tizer, Michael Schenker, HTP, Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith & The Bombastic Meatbats.
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Ryo Okumoto

Keyboards
Ryo is a Japanese rock keyboardist, best known for his work with progressive rock group Spock\’s Beard. Also a founding member of GPS, Ryo has also worked with Eric Burdon, Phil Collins and Eric Clapton.

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