ASIA Part Ways With Ex-AC/DC Drummer, Announce Replacement

Hot off their successful world tour in support of their fan and critically acclaimed album "Silent Nation", ASIA have parted amicably with drummer Chris Slade (THE FIRM, AC/DC). Replacing Slade in the group's lineup is Jay Schellen (BADFINGER, HURRICANE). "Jay was always our first choice as a replacement drummer for ASIA," vocalist John Payne revealed. "He played on the demos for some of the 'Silent Nation' tracks and we just clicked right from the start!"

Jay is a very well respect drummer in both the studio and on the stage. He has graced the ranks of such notable acts as BADFINGER and HURRICANE. Most recently, Jay participated in the Chris Squire/Billy Sherwood project, CONSPIRACY. ASIA founding member Geoff Downes added, "We are very happy to welcome Jay to the ASIA family and look forward to creating some of our best work to date with him behind the drum kit. We would just like to add that we wish Chris all the best and he will always remain a friend of ASIA."

ASIA have just entered the studio to begin recording their follow-up to 2004's "Silent Nation". The album, tentatively called "Architect of Time", will be released sometime in the first half of 2006 on InsideOut Music.

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