John Wetton, Asia and King Crimson Singer, Has Died Aged 67
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:05:40
John Wetton, prog-rock icon and singer for King Crimson and supergroup Asia, has passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. Asia made a brief statement via their Twitter account saying:
We regret to announce that iconic singer, John Wetton, passed away in his sleep this morning.
Rest in Peace, John.
12/06/1949 – 31/01/2017
Wetton grew up in Bournemouth, UK and after playing in a variety of bands, was invited to join King Crimson in 1972, replacing Greg Lake as the band’s singer and bassist. After Crimson disbanded in 1975, he joined Roxy Music and acted as a sessions musician for a variety of artists including Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Gordon Haskell. In 1981, Wetton teamed up with Yes guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes, as well as drummer Carl Palmer, to form Asia. The group’s debut eponymous album went 10x platinum.
Palmer said in a statement, “With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world loses yet another musical giant. John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music. As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of Asia to the top of the charts around the world. His ability to triumph over alcohol abuse made him an inspiration to many who have also fought that battle. For those of us who knew him and worked with him, his valiant struggle against cancer was a further inspiration. I will miss his talent, his sense of humor and his infectious smile. May you ride easy, my old friend.”
—The ARTISTdirect Staff