Tuesday, January 31, 2017

John Wetton of King Crimson, U.K., Asia, dead at 67

John Wetton, the smokey-voiced singer, songwriter and bassist for Asia, King Crimson, U.K. and other progressive-rock bands, has died at 67 from colon cancer.
King Crimson guitarist/leader Bob Fripp once called Wetton the best bassist of his generation.
Wetton also played with Roxy Music, Family, Uriah Heep, Wetton/Manzanera, Mogul Thrash and others.
My buddy Crabby has compiled some farewells to John from his colleagues Carl Palmer, Phil Manzanera, Geoff Downes and others. Radio will probably play some Asia hits as a farewell. Instead, I'd recommend hearing John's voice and bass on tracks like King Crimson's awesome "Starless" (or any mid-'70s Crimson album; their RED album would likely never have been finished without Wetton), "The Great Deceiver," "The Night Watch," "Easy Money," "Exiles," "Lament," or anything on KC's huge 4-CD GREAT DECEIVER/LIVE box set -- and on U.K.'s great "Time to Kill," "Mental Medication," or the "In the Dead of Night" suite off their first album.
And I still think somebody better get that oral history of Prog done before we lose someone else....

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