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31st January 2017

john wetton

King Crimson and Asia frontman, John Wetton, sadly passed away today following a battle with cancer. He was 67-years-old.

Wetton's mmanager, Martin Darvill, said that the cause had been colon cancer. Wetton had undergone major surgery in 2015 to have a one-kilo malignant mass removed from his abdomen.

Wetton, also known for his work with Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, Family, Roxy Music, Mogul Thrash and more, was a member of King Crimson between 1972 and 1974 and appeared on two of the group's classic albums, 1973s 'Larks' Tongues In Aspic' and 1974s 'Red'.

Asia drummer Carl Palmer said: "With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world loses yet another musical giant. John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music.

"As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of Asia to the top of the charts around the world. His ability to triumph over alcohol abuse made him an inspiration to many who have also fought that battle.

"For those of us who knew him and worked with him, his valiant struggle against cancer was a further inspiration. I will miss his talent, his sense of humour and his infectious smile. May you ride easy, my old friend."

Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes said: "It was a massive privilege for me to have worked with this genius so closely on our numerous projects together over the years. His bass playing was revolutionary. His voice was from the Gods. His compositions – out of this world. His sense of melody and harmony – unreal. He was literally a 'special one.'"

Current King Crimson vocalist/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk said: "Truly saddened to hear of the passing of John Wetton. It goes without saying that he was and is a huge influence but, I'm honoured to say, someone I could also call a pal. He was great company and a gentle soul.

"I shall treasure our chats and the amount he made me laugh at the Steve Hackett shows we did together."

Mick Box of Uriah Hepp said: "I am totally devastated at the news today that John Wetton has passed away. He was a part of Heep history and was a super talented man.

"He was also a good friend who over the years I have shared many a laugh with on the road, getting up to all sorts of shenanigans. He has left a wealth of music and wonderful songs that will live on forever, and he will be sadly missed. RIP my friend."

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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