John Payne has more than paid his dues in the rock
business over the last twenty five years having worked
with a number of high profile artists such as Roger Daltrey
singing backing vocals on Roger’s album Under A raging
Moon. He was also briefly the vocalist with ELO II.
However for fifteen years John Payne was perhaps best
know as the vocalist and bassist with British Rock Band Asia.
In that time John wrote and produced seven studio albums
that found success across the world including the albums
Aqua, Aria, Arena, Aura and Silent Nation. He also played
countless concerts with the band in Europe America, South
America and Asia.
Following the split in Asia he formed a new band featuring
Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen (Also from the last line up
of Asia) entitled GPS and the band subsequently released
their debut album Window to the Soul. This release was
followed up by dates in the UK and Europe and also Japan.
In 2007 John Payne joined the cast of Jeff Wayne’s War of
the Worlds playing the part of Parson Nathaniel.
Prior to joining Asia John Payne joined with former Michael
Schenker keyboard player Andy Nye and formed the band
Passion. The band at the time also included former Iron
Maiden drummer Clive Burr and former Mike Oldfield and
Rick Wakeman guitarist Ant Glynne.
The Passion recordings have assumed an almost legendary
status amongst fans of Asia and this first official release of
the original recordings made by John Payne and Andy Nye
will certainly prove to be popular with those rock fans who
like the AOR sound of rock performed by John Payne.