R.I.P. John Wetton Of Asia (1949-2017)

January 31, 2017
Musician John Wetton of Asia has passed away at the age of 67. He had been battling cancer.

Wetton's Asia bandmate Geoff Downes broke the news on Twitter (below), writing: "I am sorry to be the bearer of the very sad news that my dearest friend, bandmate and co-writer, John Wetton has passed away."

Earlier this month it was announced that Wetton would not participate in Asia's upcoming tour with Journey so he could focus on his health. 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 '80s, he was the frontman of the supergroup Asia, known for their MTV/rock radio hits "Only Time Will Tell" and "Heat Of The Moment."

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