Following Steve Howe’s departure from Asia in 2012, the band launched a massive search in hopes of finding a suitable replacement for the legendary guitarist. Enter Sam Coulson, a young gun recommended by Paul Gilbert. And by "young," we mean someone who wasn’t even born during Asia’s first wave of success in the Eighties.
"Supergroup" is a word that doesn't sit well with a lot of people. For some, it conjures up bloated egos battling for creative control. For others, it makes them think of flash-in-the-pan projects that never had much of a lasting impact.
Prog-rock legend Steve Howe has officially announced his departure from Asia, the supergroup he helped found with John Wetton (King Crimson, Uriah Heep), Geoff Downes (Yes, The Buggles) and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Atomic Rooster).
In 2006, the four original members — Steve Howe, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes — reunited and have since released three successful studio albums: Phoenix, Omega and their latest, XXX (pronounced “Triple X”), a flawlessly executed album that continues to push the barriers of progressive rock.
Epic Ink recently unveiled The Guitar Collection, a lavishly over-sized tome showcasing the most culturally important, historically significant and visually stunning guitars ever made, from Billy Gibbons’ “Pearly Gates” 1959 Gibson Les Paul, to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Number One” 1962 Fender Stratocaster, to Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads” 1964 Gibson ES-335TDC.
I recently made some hand-to-neck contact with Steve Howe's famous 1964 Gibson ES-175. He brought it with him when he visited Guitar World for a photo shoot and a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature -- which you'll see soon in the pages of Guitar World magazine.