John Wetton

Thu
12
Jan

A Personal Statement From ASIA’s JOHN WETTON

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From John Wetton:

I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team, I have to withdraw from Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour, March 15 – April 4.
I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly.

I am grateful to the promoters of the cruise. I wish them pleasant sailing and I know my friends on the cruise, both artists and fans, will have a ball on the ocean wave, I will be with you all in spirit.

My good friend Billy Sherwood will fill in for me within Asia, keeping my seat warm during the initial 12 Journey dates. While I am naturally disappointed to miss the beginning of what I know will be an historic ASIA tour, I am intending to return to the stage with Asia later in 2017, dates soon to be announced. I know this decision will be in the best interests of my health and our fans, in the long run.

John Wetton
Bournemouth
England
January 11th. 2017

 

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Mon
28
Nov

JOHN WETTON Opens Up The Live Vaults

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King Crimson / Asia Legend John Wetton Releases “Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1” Six CD Set! OUT NOW!

London, UK - John Wetton is best known as lead singer and bassist of Asia, UK and the Red-era of King Crimson, with an extensive solo catalogue. The “Official Bootleg Archive” collects together three of Wetton's previously released “Official Bootlegs” - which have been out of print for nearly 10 years!

The “Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1” six CD set's audio has been remastered and includes new artwork, fully approved by John Wetton. The set is the seventh title released on John Wetton’s own Primary Purpose imprint via Cherry Red Records.

As a singer, bassist and songwriter, John Wetton initially rose to fame in King Crimson and the third album that line-up released was Red, cited by so many artists as a core influence. After his period with King Crimson, Wetton co-founded UK and later he was the frontman and co-principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia, his biggest commercial success. The band’s self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982 and gave the world the mega hit Heat of the Moment.

Since 1980 Wetton has had a successful solo career releasing a number of studio and live albums and later formed the duo iCon with Geoff Downes (YES, Buggles and ASIA).  As a writer and musician Wetton has collaborated with many music artists including Ringo Starr, Jim Peterik, Robert Fripp, David Gilmour, Agnetha Fältskog, Phil Manzanera, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Carl Palmer, Simon Phillips, Steve Lukather, Terry Bozzio, George Martin, Bryan Ferry, Ron Nevison and Steve Hackett.

To purchase John Wetton's “Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1”: http://geni.us/PP007CD

Official Website: www.johnwetton.com

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/arkangel2605

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Mon
12
Oct

King Crimson and Asia Legend JOHN WETTON Releases 'Live Via Satellite'

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London, UK - JOHN WETTON is the lead singer of ASIA, UK and the 'Red' era of KING CRIMSON, with an extensive solo catalogue, which now includes 'Live via Satellite'
 
This 2 CD set collects together both of John Wetton's acoustic solo concerts for radio broadcasts. The XM radio broadcast was only available for sale via his website over 10 years ago and has never had a commercial release.
 
The Swedish radio broadcast (previously unreleased) was thought lost in a fire, until a duplicate of the master tapes was found thanks to a long and tireless search by John Wetton's fans.
 
Of the release, John Wetton said: 'Both of these shows are from the same time period, but come from very different sources. The first, a Circus tent-like venue in a funfair in Stockholm: the second, a state-of-the-art facility in Washington DC, so the repertoire is similar, but venues could not be more different. Recording production is superb on both, it's a document of a slice of my life.'
 
As a lead singer, bassist and songwriter, John Wetton initially rose to fame with King Crimson and after that Wetton co-founded UK. In the early 1980s he was the frontman of the super-group Asia, his biggest commercial success.  ASIA’s self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982 and the band continues to this day.
 
He later formed the duo Icon with Geoff Downes (YES and The Buggles) and has had a successful solo career releasing a large number of studio and live albums, including the recent compilation The Studio Recordings Anthology.
 
John Wetton's 'Live via Satellite' will be released 9th October 2015 and is part of the ongoing release schedule of his own Primary Purpose label, working via Cherry Red.
 
Disc One
1. The Circle Of St. Giles
2. Heat Of The Moment
3. Book Of Saturday
4. Battle Lines
5. Arkangel
6. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
7. Easy Money
8. Emma
9. 30 Years
10. Hold Me Now
11. Rendezvous 6:02
12. The Night Watch
13. You're Not The Only One
14. Starless
 
Disc Two
1. Introduction
2. The Circle Of St. Giles
3. Heat Of The Moment
4. Mondrago / Book Of Saturday
5. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
6. 30 Years
7. Hold Me Now
8. Arkangel
9. Emma
10. Sole Survivor
11. Rendezvous 6:02
12. The Water Is Wide
13. Starless
14. Battle Lines
15. The Celtic Cross
 
To purchase:
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/1jj0
 
John Wetton's official website: http://www.johnwetton.com
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2015
 
Fri
26
Jun

ASIA - Axis XXX Live in San Francisco MMXII (Review)

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82%
Produced By: 
Asia
Release Date: 
2015
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
Score: 
82
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Frontiers
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A new live Asia album/DVD is right up there with those other fan-craved items such as another Styx DVD, a Bret Michaels country album and a new vocalist in Red Dragon Cartel.
But here it is anyway – their 5th live release since reforming and following the quite turgid High Voltage Live release.
 
Thankfully this is a far superior release. Everything that was wrong with High Voltage is corrected here.
The band is awake, the audio is pro-recorded and the set list an expanded full-show experience.
Naturally it’s die-hards only that are going to be remotely interested in this, especially as it is live album number 5, but the longer set list and the far better production quality has put this release well ahead of the other competing titles.
 
The enthusiastic San Francisco audience laps up all the usual fan favourites such as Heat of The Moment, Only Time Will Tell, Wildest Dreams, Don’t Cry and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.
Thrown into the mix are some of the better new tracks, which form a seamless bond with the classics. Face On The Bridge and Extraordinary Life faring the best.
 
I could well do without the 10 minute drums solo, thankfully the acoustic guitar solo is but one third that length. Definitely better value watching the DVD than on the CD for those two.
 
Great musicians these guys, but not the most mobile or visually enthralling act around. But with this value for money set, you can tune in with your ears or eyes depending on mood and appreciate the best songs of this classic rock act.
If you have the other 4 live releases, this won’t surprise, but it will impress.
 
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Release Year: 
2015
 
Tue
26
May

JOHN WETTON Undergoes Surgery

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NEWS from John Wetton/ASIA's management: 
May 25th 2015 --- JOHN WETTON STATEMENT - On May 16, John Wetton underwent surgery for the successful removal of a 1 kilo [2.2lb] malignant mass. John wishes to extend his thanks to Dr. Chan and his team. John is also beyond grateful for the wonderful wishes and prayers received. John is recuperating. Messages can be sent via the management office to jw@qedg.co.uk
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Release Year: 
2015
 
Tue
10
Mar

John Wetton to Release Solo Career Retrospective 'The Studio Recordings Anthology' and Live Album 'New York Minute'

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Asia and King Crimson Lead Vocalist John Wetton to Release Solo Career Retrospective 'The Studio Recordings Anthology' and Live Album 'New York Minute'
 
London, UK - Legendary John Wetton, best known for his work with Asia, UK and King Crimson, is releasing two new albums this month: The Studio Recordings Anthology 2CD Set and New York Minute - John Wetton & The Les Paul Trio, on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records.
 
As a singer, bassist and songwriter, John Wetton initially rose to fame as the lead singer of King Crimson and thereafter Wetton formed UK with Eddie Jobson and later he was the lead vocalist of the supergroup Asia, his biggest commercial success. The band’s self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982.
 
Wetton also has a successful solo career releasing a large number of studio and live albums and these are showcased on the 2CD ‘The Studio Recordings Anthology’ meanwhile a unique live album with The Les Paul Trio includes a number of songs Wetton has never sung elsewhere.
 
The Studio Recordings Anthology 2CD Set
 
The Studio Anthology collects together the best of John Wetton's six solo studio albums within a 2-CD set with extensive new liner notes.
 
DISC ONE
1. The Circle Of St. Giles
2. The Last Thing On My Mind
3. Hold Me Now
4. Where Do We Go From Here?
5. Another Twist Of The Knife
6. I've Come To Take You Home
7. I Can't Lie Anymore
8. Lost For Words
9. Battle Lines
10. Caught In The Crossfire
11. Arkangel
12. Right Where I Wanted To Be
13. Nothing's Gonna Stand In Our Way
14. Second Best
15. Woman
16. Real World
 
DISC TWO
1. Heart Of Darkness
2. Say It Ain't So
3. Cold Is The Night
4. You're Not The Only One
5. Raised In Captivity
6. Steffi's Ring
7. Walking On Air
8. Take Me To The Waterline
9. Silently
10. Battle Lines (Acoustic)
11. I Lay Down
12. Rock Of Faith
13. Who Will Light A Candle?
14. You Against The World
15. Emma
16. After All
 
 
New York Minute - John Wetton & The Les Paul Trio
 
New York Minute sees John Wetton playing a selection of the songs that inspired him, many of which are not available on any other release. This new live album also includes unique renditions of his solo hit BATTLE LINES and the ASIA mega hit HEAT OF THE MOMENT.
 
Track Listing:
 
1. Do It Again
2. What’S Going On?
3. God Only Knows
4. Can’t Find My Way Home
5. All Along The Watchtower
6. New York Minute
7. Lady Madonna
8. Heat Of The Moment
9. Battle Lines
 
 
John Wetton is embarking on a number of live projects in 2015 including the final tour of UK and a German 'Rock Meets Classic' orchestral arena tour.
 
John Wetton's official website: http://www.johnwetton.com
 
To purchase:
The Studio Recordings Anthology
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/2C6v
 
New York Minute
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/3Fij
 
  
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Thu
16
Oct

DISTRICT 97 Featuring Vocalist John Wetton Release One More Red Night: Live

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District 97 Featuring Legendary King Crimson/Asia Vocalist John Wetton Release One More Red Night: Live In Chicago CD ' OUT NOW!

London, UK ' Prog fans rejoice! A new live CD capturing a set of King Crimson songs performed by District 97 and former King Crimson lead singer John Wetton has been released on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records.

'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago' includes three songs from the iconic landmark album 'Red'; which inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain. This CD also captures several other well-known songs from the three King Crimson studio albums John Wetton played and sang on, plus their earlier hit '21st Century Schizoid Man'. This is the first release of this recording and features many tracks which are now rarely heard live.

'I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt. Their shows are an exciting pleasure to attend, and I am proud to work, and be associated with them.' - John Wetton, Annapolis, October 1,2014.

District 97's drummer and 'One More Red Night' producer, Jonathan Schang, says 'The first Crimson song I ever played live with John was 'Lament'. To hear 'that voice' coming from right in front of me, seemingly made only stronger by the passage of time, was an experience I shall never forget. Getting to know John more closely, both as a musician and a human being, is an honor and a privilege. I'm thrilled that our joint interpretations of his iconic work with King Crimson are now available for all to enjoy.'

TRACK LIST:

1. ONE MORE RED NIGHTMARE
2. THE GREAT DECEIVER
3. LAMENT
4. THE NIGHT WATCH
5. FALLEN ANGEL
6. BOOK OF SATURDAY
7. 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN
8. STARLESS
9. EASY MONEY

To purchase District 97 & John Wetton 'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago':
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/More-Night-District-With-Wetton/dp/B00N3SE9US/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Night-District-With-Wetton/dp/B00N3SE9US/
Cherry Red: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4842
iTunes US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-more-red-night-live-in/id912870501
iTunes UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/one-more-red-night-live-in/id912870501
 
District 97's last album was Trouble with Machines, features a guest appearance by John Wetton on the mini-rock opera, "The Perfect Young Man":
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-With-Machines-CD-DVD/dp/B0082GN8Z8
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/trouble-with-machines/id545414289

John Wetton's last solo project was a 2 CD re-issue of Monkey Business and Jack-knife, the former of which includes many of his early 1970s versions of tracks that went on to become some of King Crimson's most iconic songs:

http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Knife-Monkey-Business-John-Wetton/dp/B00I4583HK/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Knife-Monkey-Business-John-Wetton/dp/B00I45...
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/jack-knife/id889141024
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/monkey-business-feat.-richard/id889182992

Official websites: www.district97.net & www.johnwetton.com

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Tue
05
Aug

ASIA - High Voltage Live (Showcase)

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High Voltage Live
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Asia
Running Time: 
63
Release Date: 
August 22
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Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR / Melodic Rock
Recorded on the 24th July 2010 at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, this ASIA live CD / DVD captures the band, in the original line-up, performing classic material from the 80s, plus songs from the first two albums of its reunion, “Phoenix” and “Omega”.
 
The show was performed to an enthusiastic festival crowd ready to hear the world’s biggest selling album of 1982 performed in its entirety for the first time in Europe.  In fact, this remains the only video document of the original line-up performing the debut album in full.
 
This live CD / DVD is an irreplaceable companion to the original studio album and the reunion that saw the original members of ASIA return to and stay at the top of their game, this time in front of a ‘home audience’.
 
Asia is:
 
Geoff Downes: keyboards
Steve Howe: guitars
Carl Palmer: drums
John Wetton: lead vocal and bass
 
Track listing: 
CD: Only Time Will Tell, Wildest Dreams, One Step Closer, An Extraordinary Life, Time Again, Cutting it Fine, Without You, I Believe, Here Comes the Feeling, Sole Survivor, Heat of the Moment
 
DVD: Only Time Will Tell, Wildest Dreams, One Step Closer, An Extraordinary Life, Time Again, Cutting it Fine, Without You, I Believe, Here Comes the Feeling, Sole Survivor, Heat of the Moment
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