Friday, February 3, 2017

Eric Clapton streams song tribute to John Wetton of Asia

Eric Clapton is streaming a song tribute to the late Asia vocalist and bassist John Wetton following his recent passing at the age of 67.

Clapton posted the acoustic instrumental, “For John W.”, just hours after Wetton passed on January 31 following a three-year battle with colon cancer.

The guitar icon previously shared a similar tribute to Cream bandmate Jack Bruce following his 2014 death from liver disease.

Wetton formed Asia with Yes members Geoff Downes and Steve Howe and Emerson, Lake And Palmer drummer Carl Palmer in 1981. The supergroup was an immediate hit with their 1982 self-titled debut.

The bassist was an on-again/off-again member of the band through the 1980s and 90s while working as a session musician and building a solo career while also working as a session musician before reuniting with the band in 2006 for four more records.

Wetton has previously worked with King Crimson, Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music and UK, among others.

Last month, Wetton advised fans that was to undergo a new medical chemotherapy procedure that would sideline him from the group’s appearance on the upcoming Yes-hosted Cruise To The Edge event and the spring leg of a North American tour with Journey.

See also:

Asia vocalist John Wetton dead at 67
Journey extend North American tour with Asia
Asia vocalist John Wetton sidelined by cancer battle
Journey announces US tour and Las Vegas residency
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