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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 read more

Watch The King and I’s Kelli O’Hara Sing ‘Getting to Know You’

first_imgOh Kelli O’Hara, you are always precisely our cup of tea! The 2015 Tony nominee brought a touch of 1860’s Bangkok to Live! with Kelly and Michael on May 12, singing a perfect rendition (naturally!) of “Getting to Know You” from The King and I, surrounded by her young charges from the show. Check out O’Hara performing the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein number below (warning: it will be on your brain for the rest of the day), and then the Tony nominated revival, which has recently extended indefinitely at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. The King and I Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

Melco Resorts reveals new City of Dreams hotel Libertine on hold until

first_imgMelco Resorts’ new luxury hotel brand Libertine at City of Dreams won’t become a reality until at least mid-2019 with the hotel tower set to remain as The Countdown for the next 12 months.The company confirmed its hotel plans to Inside Asian Gaming following inquiries regarding the launch date of Libertine, the brand first announced by Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho at G2E Asia last month. The Countdown Hotel, which replaced the Hard Rock Hotel in July 2017, was originally intended to last less than a year with its innovative “Countdown Clock” – designed by Dutch artist Maarten Baas – counting down to the opening of Morpheus.Melco Resorts said at the time that The Countdown Hotel would be given a new name once the clock hit zero.Instead, the Countdown Clock has now been reset to 31 May 2019 – more than 8,000 hours away as per the countdown itself – as the target date to start renovations to Libertine, sources at Melco told IAG.However, the closing date of The Countdown is still not set in stone with the company planning further renovations to Nüwa hotel – formerly Crown Towers – beforehand. IAG has been told that May 2019 is “the earliest The Countdown will close” after which Libertine will come live. Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Load More RelatedPostslast_img read more