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Encyclopedia > John Wetton
John Wetton

John Wetton in concert
Background information
Born June 12, 1949 (1949-06-12) (age 58)
Flag of England Willington, Derby, Derbyshire, England
Genre(s) Rock, Progressive rock
Instrument(s) bass, guitar
Years active 1965 - present
Associated
acts
Mogul Thrash
Family
King Crimson
Roxy Music
Uriah Heep
UK
Wishbone Ash
Asia
Phenomena
Renaissance
solo
Website Official website

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Overview

Born in Derbyshire, Wetton grew up in Bournemouth, Dorset. He has been a professional singer/songwriter/musician since the late 1960s as a member of such progressive rock bands as Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson (working with childhood friend Robert Fripp), Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry band, Uriah Heep, UK and Wishbone Ash. Wetton found worldwide fame in 1982 with the explosion of the band, Asia, whose self-titled debut album sold millions and became Billboard Magazine's #1 album of 1982. This album remains one of only four albums ever to stay at the #1 position of the Billboard album chart for nine consecutive weeks. [1] , Bournemouth is a large town and tourist resort, situated on the south coast of England. ... Dorset (pronounced DOR-sit or [dɔ.sət], and sometimes in the past called Dorsetshire) is a county in the south-west of England, on the English Channel coast. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Mogul Thrash was a progressive rock band from the United Kingdom active in the early 1970s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the musical group. ... Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England) is a guitarist, record producer and a composer, perhaps best known for being the guitarist for, and only constant member of, the progressive rock band King Crimson. ... Roxy Music are an English art rock group founded in the early 1970s by art school graduate Bryan Ferry (vocals and keyboards). ... Bryan Ferry (born 26 September 1945 in Washington) is an English singer, musician, songwriter and occasional actor famed for his suave visual and vocal style, who came to public prominence in the 1970s as lead vocalist and principal songwriter with Roxy Music. ... Uriah Heep are an English rock band, formed in December 1969 when record producer Gerry Bron invited keyboardist Ken Hensley (previously a member of The Gods and Toe Fat) to join Spice, a band signed to his own Bronze Records label. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Asia is an arena rock/progressive rock group. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


Career

Wetton has achieved an original bass guitar sound utilizing a 1961 Fender Precision Bass amplified through tubes. The sound is overdriven, powerful and very aggressive. This style and approach is particularly evident during his stint with King Crimson from 1972 until 1974. Known initially for his powerful bass guitar sound, Wetton's vocal and songwriting abilities garnered attention with his work in the band Asia in the early 1980s. Early recorded highlights of Wetton's career include King Crimson's Larks' Tongues In Aspic (1973), Starless and Bible Black (1974), Red (1974), UK's self-titled album (1978) (reuniting the King Crimson rhythm section of Wetton and Bill Bruford) and Asia's self-titled album (1982), the last being the biggest seller of his career. In 1986 he contributed also to Phenomena II and had a number 1 hit with the single "Did it all for Love" in South America. Since the early 1990s, Wetton has released four solo albums (Voice Mail/Battle Lines, Arkangel, Sinister/Welcome to Heaven, and Rock of Faith), and a number of live recordings from his solo tours around the world. Wetton also created the ICON project with fellow Asia bandmate Geoff Downes. The duo recorded two studio albums of original material (ICON and ICON II/Rubicon) and one live album (Never in a Million Years) from their ICON European tour. A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... It has been suggested that Fender Amplifier History be merged into this article or section. ... Categories: Music stubs | Electric bass guitars ... For the British rock band of the same name, see Amplifier (band). ... This article is about the musical group. ... Larks Tongues in Aspic is the title of a 1973 album by the British progressive rock group King Crimson. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Starless and Bible Black is an album released by the British progressive rock band King Crimson in 1974. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The final King Crimson studio album released in the 1970s, Red (1974) serves as a conclusion of one era in the groups musical development and exploration through its fusion of the heavy metal sound from the previous two albums, whilst blending the jazz rock moods of the Lizard era... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Debut album from the band UK, featuring ex-King Crimson members John Wetton and Bill Bruford on drums, ex-Roxy Music member Eddie Jobson, and Allan Holdsworth. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England), better known as Bill Bruford, is an influential British drummer who is recognised for his forceful, highly precise, polyrhythmic style. ... Asia is the breakthrough album by the prog rock band Asia, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Image:Http://www. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... In music, a solo is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung by a single performer (solo is an Italian word literally meaning alone). ... Geoff Downes Geoffrey Downes (born August 25, 1952 in Stockport, Cheshire, England) is a rock keyboard player. ... The duet, by Hendrik ter Brugghen A duet is a musical composition or piece for two performers, most often used for a vocal or piano duet. ... “Sound recorder” redirects here. ... ==Individual Studio== A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ... // Many successful recording artists release at least one live album at some point during their career. ...


Wetton has done extensive work as a session musician, especially notable is his work with Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry and Phil Manzanera. [2] It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sideman. ... Brian Eno (pronounced ) born on 15 May 1948 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England) is an English electronic musician, music theorist and record producer. ... Bryan Ferry (born 26 September 1945 in Washington) is an English singer, musician, songwriter and occasional actor famed for his suave visual and vocal style, who came to public prominence in the 1970s as lead vocalist and principal songwriter with Roxy Music. ... Phil Manzanera (born Philip Geoffrey Targett-Adams, 31 January 1951, in London, England), is an English guitarist. ...


Wetton rejoined the other original members of Asia (Downes, Steve Howe and Carl Palmer) in early 2006 to announce a 25th anniversary world tour. This line-up performed a series of dates in the United States in September 2006, and in the United Kingdom in November/December 2006. The band will also spend much of 2007 on the road, with shows already scheduled for North and South America, Europe and, of course, Asia. A new Asia studio album, the original band's first since 1983's Alpha, is currently being recorded. [3] Stephen James Steve Howe (born April 8, 1947 in Holloway, North London, England) is a guitarist best known for his work with the progressive rock group Yes. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... Asia is an arena rock/progressive rock group. ... Alpha is a 1983 album by rock quartet Asia. ...


Personal issues

Wetton has struggled with alcoholism in the past. In 1983, while on tour with Asia, due to his drinking problem Wetton was replaced in the band by ex-King Crimson bassist and vocalist Greg Lake. At the present time, Wetton declares himself sober. [4] Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Asia is an arena rock/progressive rock group. ... This article is about the musical group. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In August 2007 Wetton underwent heart surgery which has placed the remainder of Asia's 2007 tour and recording plans on hold until he recovers.[5]


Solo discography

Albums

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See also: Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Voice Mail is a studio album recorded by John Wetton. ... Battle Lines is a studio album recorded by John Wetton. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... 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Welcome to Heaven is a studio album recorded by John Wetton. ... Sinister is a studio album recorded by John Wetton. ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ... See also: 2003 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2003 Record labels established in 2003 // January - following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 original Beatles studio tapes, recorded during the Let It... 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EPs

  • Heat of the Moment '05 (with Geoff Downes), 2005, Frontiers Records

Geoff Downes Geoffrey Downes (born August 25, 1952 in Stockport, Cheshire, England) is a rock keyboard player. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.progressionmag.com/2007/06/05/original-asia-lineup-on-25th-anniversary-tour/
  2. ^ http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2109
  3. ^ Billboard Interview
  4. ^ http://www.vintagerock.com/jwetton_interview.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.johnwetton.co.uk/

External links

  • Official site
  • Official Asia Reunion Website
  • Asia on Classic Rock Central- 1983 audio interview clips with John Wetton, Geoff Downes and Steve Howe

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