Former Asia, King Crimson bassist/singer John Wetton passes away

Singer/songwriter and bassist John Wetton, who performed with bands such as Asia and King Crimson, has passed away, according to Asia’s official Twitter feed.

Wetton had been battling cancer.

Wetton was notably a bassist and vocalist with King Crimson from 1972-1974 before going on to form the band UK in 1977. Wetton was later an original member of Asia with guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes of Yes and drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Wetton performed and co-wrote on King Crimson’s albums Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black and Red. Two of Wetton’s most well-known tracks were the hits “Heat of the Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell,” co-written with Downes on Asia’s self-titled debut album.

Wetton also performed with bands such as Uriah Heep and Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, among several others, and had a solo catalog of six albums. He was 67 years old.

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