JOHN WETTON

Country United Kingdom

Style Hard Rock/Melodic Rock/Progressive Rock/Jazz Fusion

αρχείο λήψηςWetton grew up in Bournemouth and was in a number of early bands withRichard Palmer-James, on bass and vocals, including, The Corvettes, The Palmer-James Group (formed with Alec James), Tetrad, and Ginger Man. A key early band was Mogul Thrash and work with Family and various sessions followed.

Wetton’s first big break came when he joined Wimborne, Dorset musicianRobert Fripp in his new line-up of King Crimson in 1972, allowing Wetton to come to the fore as a lead singer and composer. Palmer-James also worked with the band as a lyricist. Wetton remained with the band until Fripp unexpectedly disbanded it in 1974. Wetton continued to work on various projects, often with Palmer-James or Crimson drummer, Bill Bruford. Wetton and Bruford formed UK, the band emerging out of a failed King Crimson reunion.

Wetton released his first solo album, Caught in the Crossfire, in 1980 after the break-up of UK. He then started working withSteve Howe, who had recently been in Yes. They went on to form Asia. with whom he worked until the mid-1980s. Wetton left the band and re-joined on two occasions.

The 1990s saw Wetton out of Asia and focusing on a solo career. In 1999, a failed Asia reunion resulted in Wetton forming the short-lived progressive rock group Qango with Carl Palmer, John Young, and Dave Kilminster. The group performed several shows in the UK and recorded one live album “Live in the Hood” before disbanding when Wetton and Palmer returned to their solo projects.

In the early 2000s, he re-united with Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes for iCon. In 2006, an official reunion of the original Asia line-up (Wetton, Downes, Howe, and Palmer) finally occurred. The studio album titled Phoenix, the original band’s first since 1983’s Alpha, was released in April 2008 and peaked at No. 73 on the North American Top 200 albums charts. The original line-up released two more studio albums, Omega and XXX before Howe departed in January 2013. With new guitarist Sam Coulson, Asia released Gravitas in March 2014. Wetton and the band are currently touring in support of this new release.

Wetton has done extensive work as a session musician with acts such as Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry and Phil Manzanera.More recently, he has worked on several projects with Billy Sherwood and been part of a UK (band) reunion with Eddie Jobson.

2015 Wetton release The Studio Recordings Anthology and a live album “New York Minute”, recorded with The Les Paul Trio as back up band, covering well known songs in his own style. You have Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”, “All Along The Watchtower”, Marvin Gaye’s hit “What’s Going On?” and of course the song that provides the title for this release, the Don Henley penned Eagles’ staple “New York Minute”. There’s of course the Asia mega-hit “Heat Of The Moment” done just with piano. Do not take “New York Minute” as a live album. It was recorded at an intimate show, and apart from some Wetton spoken, it’s just music as recorded into the studio.

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– Caught in the Crossfire [1980]
– Battle Lines [1994]
– Arkangel [1997]
– Sinister [2000]
– Rock of Faith [2003]
– Raised in Captivity [2011]
– New York Minute [2015]

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