RIP John Wetton of Asia, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep



John Wetton, bassist and singer of a multitude of bands, died of colon cancer at the age of 67. He had been ill for some time, having undergone surgery in 2015 to remove a 1kg malignant mass (!!!) from his stomach. Wetton has served in a number of prog groups including King Crimson, UK, Asia and Family with Roxy Music, Wishbone Ash and Uriah Heep. He also played in Bryan Ferry’s group.

Asia was particularly successful where Wetton was the main songwriter and singer. The group, which included Geoff Downes (the Buggles), Steve Howe (Yes) and Carl Palmer (ELP) had a few platinum albums, led by songs like this.

It is the third member of the group that Carl Palmer loses in the last. ELP’s Keith Emerson and Greg Lake passed away in 2015. He released this statement.

“With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world is losing yet another musical giant. John was a gentle person who created some of the most enduring melodies and lyrics in modern popular music. As a musician he was both courageous and innovative, with a voice that propelled ASIA’s music to the top of the charts around the world. His ability to overcome alcohol abuse has made him an inspiration to many who have fought this battle as well. For those of us who knew him and worked with him, his valiant battle with cancer was a further source of inspiration. I will miss his talent, his sense of humor and his contagious smile. May you roll slowly, my old friend.

Carl Palmer.

January 31, 2017. ”


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