Friday 08 Sep 2017
DEAD BYRDS CAN FLY
by Colin Larkin
By Phil Ward-Large February 03, 2017 10:06
Today (31st January 2017) the rock music community has suffered yet another tragic loss with the passing of John Wetton from cancer at the age of sixty-seven.
Born in Derbyshire in 1949 John Wetton carved out a successful career as one of the most prolific singers and bass players of his generation. Having already worked with Mogul Thrash and Family he rose to prominence with King Crimson between 1972 and 1974, singing on three of their most acclaimed albums: Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Starless And Bible Black and Red. His subsequently played sessions for a who’s who of rock including Bryan Ferry, Peter Banks, Steve Hackett, Roger Chapman, Phil Manzanera, Wishbone Ash and Roxy Music as well as becoming a member of Uriah Heep and UK. Despite releasing numerous solo and collaborative albums his greatest commercial success came as co-founder of the supergroup Asia alongside Steve Howe and Geoff Downes (both formerly of Yes) and Carl Palmer (ex-Emerson, Lake & Palmer). While retaining many of the progressive elements of their previous bands Asia also combined the radio friendly hooks common to American arena groups. The success of their multi-platinum self-titled debut owed much to the massive hit singles ‘Heat Of The Moment’ and ‘Only Time Will Tell’ both of which were co-written by Wetton. Although the original line-up only stayed together for one more album Wetton played with various incarnations of the band over the following years and was a current member along with Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer at the time of his death.
An immensely talented singer/songwriter and musician John Wetton played on in excess of one hundred albums during his five decade long career.
He will be missed.
RIP John Wetton.