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King Crimson & Asia Bassist John Wetton Has Passed Away

first_imgRock & Roll takes another legend with the passing of John Wetton, who lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 67 this morning. The singer/songwriter/bassist rose to fame with King Crimson from 1972-1974, then went on to form the band UK. He went on to form the supergroup ASIA, making commercial success with the 1982 hit “Heat of the Moment”. Also performing with Mogul Thrash, Family, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, and several other prog-rock acts, John Wetton’s impact on music will not be forgotten.A statement from his website details:Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31st January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer.John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat of the Moment.John also enjoyed a successful solo career, including the seminal album Battle Lines, and formed iCon with ASIA bandmate Geoff Downes. In 2006 the original line-up of ASIA reformed and toured the world several times to promote four new studio albums.John had been planning to tour with ASIA for the band’s forthcoming US arena tour with Journey and following the success of his solo Studio Recordings Anthology, to continue working on the ongoing re-issue programme of his solo albums, via his own Primary Purpose label.John valued his over 11 years of sobriety and volunteered time in fellowship with other alcoholics to share his experience, strength and hope with them. John is survived by his recently wed wife Lisa and 18 year old son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Peggy.The very last studio song of John Wetton’s career was the closing track on the most recent and indeed final ASIA album “Gravitas” and included the profound lyrics “Think the best of me, till we meet again.”Asia-bandmate Carl Palmer, of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, also wrote:In honor of John Wetton, rock out to this music video of “Heat of the Moment”:[H/T JamBase]last_img

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