Asia cancel anniversary 2012 UK tour due to severe illness
Prog-rockers abandon 30-year celebrations after E.Coli contracted by Carl Palmer, refunds offered
There are 'supergroups' and there are 'supergroups'. And then there is Asia, not so much one of the aforementioned concepts, more a behemoth, mammoth or any other descriptive that summarizes the monstrously huge. December 2012 was supposed to mark the start of the band's 30th anniversary 'XXX' tour, with the first show due to be at Tavistock's The Wharf on 15th December - however, due to Carl Palmer's rather uncomfortable predictament at present, the whole tour has been put on indefinite hold.
Basically, the drummer has contracted a hefty dose of the potentially lethal E.Coli bug and has been ordered to rest up. All of which means the remaining trio of Geoff Downes, John Wetton and Steve Howe have been forced to throw in the towel at short notice and cancel their upcoming UK dates, most of which had sold out well in advance. We wish Carl all the best.
Meanwhile, tickets are refundable for all seven shows affected, from Tavistock to Shepherd's Bush, from the original ticket-agent or purchase-point.