New guitarist replaces Steve Howe in Asia

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Guitarist Steve Howe has left Asia, and they've already replaced him.

Howe says in a statement he's leaving Asia to focus on Yes and his solo projects. Asia have announced 25-year-old guitar wiz Sam Coulson will step in.

His first gig with the band will be in Sweden in June. Asia are working on a new album called "Valkyrie" that will come out this year.

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