Wednesday, February 1, 2017

R.I.P.: Asia, King Crimson Frontman John Wetton

John Wetton
Singer and bassist John Wetton of the rock group Asia has died. 

He was 67, according to USAToday.

A statement from his publicist, Glass Onyon PR, says Wetton died Tuesday from colon cancer. The band's website also confirmed his death.

Wetton was a founding member of Asia, an English progressive rock group formed in 1981 by four members of other progressive rock bands of the 1970s. Wetton came to Asia from the band King Crimson.

The group's debut album, 1982's Asia, remains their top-selling record, best remembered for the hit singles Only Time Will Tell and Heat of the Moment.

Wetton had planned to tour with Asia this year but announced in January that he would be unable to join his bandmates due to chemotherapy treatment. He said at the time he hoped to resume touring later in the year.

In statements on the band's website, Wetton's bandmate paid lavish tribute. Carl Palmer said the world had lost "another musical giant" who had "created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music.

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