John Wetton, Bassist for King Crimson and Asia

“Easy Money” King Crimson Live at Wollman Memorial Rink (1973)–Watch on YouTube

Sadly, I’ve written a lot of posts in the past 12 months for progressive rockers. Greg Lake and Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Chris Squire of Yes. Now, add to the list John Wetton of King Crimson. He joined the band in 1972 and contributed to the albums Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (great title!), Starless and Bible Black and Red. 

When founder Robert Fripp* pulled the plug on the band in 1974, Wetton played with British rockers Wishbone Ash, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep and U.K. He formed the supergroup Asia with  EL&Per Carl Palmer. While King Crimson never quite hit its stride commercially, Asia came out of the gates strong with its self-titled debut. Powered by the hit “Heat of the Moment,” the album stayed on top of the charts for nine weeks. But it was slowly downhill from there as ensuing albums failed to keep pace.

Wetton (June 12, 1949-January 31, 2017) pursued solo work in the 90s, but reunited with Asia in 2006. He had planned to tour with the group as late as last fall until illness forced him to cancel his plans.

*Robert Fripp was mentioned in a post on Maggie Roche last week, but, alas, the post was lost in a switch to a new web hosting company. Fripp helped the Roches go with their organic, authentic style, which would define their sound for the duration of their career.

“Heat of the Moment”–Watch on YouTube