John Payne

Singer + Musician + Songwriter
Born 1958

John Payne is a British musician, best known as the lead singer and bassist of Asia from 1992 to 2006 and from June 2007 with ASIA Featuring John Payne. John Payne became the frontman of Asia in 1992 at the invitation of founding member Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. During Payne's tenure, ASIA released 8 studio albums, several live album and toured internationally. He is a founding and current member of modern progressive rock band GPS.… Read More

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1958 Birth Born on September 29, 1958.


1986 27 Years Old In 1986, he recorded a silver selling record with the band CCCP in Scandinavia. … Read More


1991 32 Years Old Payne was considered for a position in ELO Part II on guitar and vocals. For a year prior to joining Asia in 1991, he was chosen to replace Jeff Lynne as the lead vocalist in ELO, later to be named ELO Part II, but left because of protracted negotiations over the name.


1999 40 Years Old After the departure of John Wetton, Geoff Downes invited Payne to join the band as lead singer, bassist, co-writer and co-producer. Payne and Geoff Downes continued together as Asia for 15 years, with several line-ups around them, until they stuck with Guthrie Govan (guitar) and Chris Slade (drums) in 1999. … Read More
In February 2006, Downes and Payne separated when Downes joined a reunion of the original Asia line-up. … Read More
2007 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Asia Featuring John Payne debuted in 2007 with Payne on vocals/bass, Guthrie Govan on guitar, Erik Norlander on keyboards and Jay Schellen on drums. … Read More


2009 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, an EP entitled "Military Man" was released with re-recordings of Payne-era Asia tracks "Military Man" and "Long Way from Home" and an Erik Norlander solo composition "Neurosaur", performed by Govan, Payne, Norlander and Schellen. … Read More
2010 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2010, Payne sang "Heaven and Hell" as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio at Dio's memorial service, at the request of Dio's family. … Read More
2012 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012 Payne Co-Created the Vegas Musical "Raiding The Rock Vault" after his ex manager Simon Napier-Bell came up with the idea of a touring troop of famous musicians playing the best classic rock covers.
2014 55 Years Old In September 2014, Payne sued the Producers after being suspended in May 2014 and an undisclosed settlement was made out of court. … Read More
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