Through out the 70’s progressive rock had gained huge followings for bands like Yes, King Crimson and Emerson Lake and Palmer. Since many of these bands featured virtuosity and musical genius, most of these bands would implode from time to time due personality conflicts among the gifted personnel.
Along with that by the 1980’s with the rise of the punk movement to the more commercial sounds of New Wave it was becoming increasingly harder to keep prog rock bands of any kind in the forefront.
John Wetton former member of King Crimson and former Yes guitarist Steve Howe were brought together by Geffen Records to start writing material for a new album They were eventually joined by drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson Lake and Palmer , and finally by former Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes.
Asia’s debut album gained considerable commercial success, spending nine weeks at number oneand selling over 10 million copies worldwide.The single”Heat of the Moment” became Top 40 Hits.