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    RIP John Wetton

    John Wetton has passed away.

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    Farewell, MAESTRO. Rest in peace...

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    Prog Head! I have to confess, I'm a little disappointed.
    I was looking forward to reading one of your narratives,
    but I'm not seeing anything here.
    That's a nice photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Watt View Post
    Prog Head! I have to confess, I'm a little disappointed.
    I was looking forward to reading one of your narratives,
    but I'm not seeing anything here.
    That's a nice photo.
    What can I say? In my opinion, John Wetton had the most harismatic voice in prog genre. Absolutely an irreplacable loss...

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    Greg Lake was big with King Crimson, one of my favorite bands,
    and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, after the pretension hit and he got grandiose.
    John Wetton was progressive but he never progressed that far.
    And I don't think he ever appeared onstage with a cello.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Watt View Post
    Greg Lake was big with King Crimson, one of my favorite bands,
    and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, after the pretension hit and he got grandiose.
    John Wetton was progressive but he never progressed that far.
    And I don't think he ever appeared onstage with a cello.
    To each his own...

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    I'm not disagreeing with what you said about John Wetton.
    Greg Lake was more of a strong-voiced folk singer, or a non-opera singer.
    I see him as a musical stylist, while John Wetton was more of an all-round player.

    And when I say John Wetton didn't progress that far,
    it's about making news as a player, not for getting played out.
    I first listened to King Crimson because Jimi Hendrix said they were his favorite English band.
    Back then, I thought Ian Gillan would have been a more dramatic singer,
    and he had more happening with his voice, even just talking.

    I can't apologize for the cello comment.
    Using a cello got to be too much of a rock cliche around here,
    although I'd still like to see Alannah Myles riding one onstage,
    and hitting it with a riding crop.

    I was always looking for an old cello neck,
    wanting to make a stand-up, electric bass,
    you could use a bow on for marine mammal sounds,
    and some traditional upright playing.

    John Wetton. Now I'm thinking "Generation X" with Phil Collins.

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    This is an old one, and I was watching this on satellite TV in bars when it came out,
    but it shows what I think about John Wetton.
    Sure, he came out as a progressive, now classic rock, musician.
    But look at the changes he went through, calling this a disco era band,
    almost new wave or Village People.

    Now I'm not going to call this corporate rock, because John was an originator,
    a content provider, if you will, even if this kind of rock did become corporate.
    Asia was seen as a global band, not just corporate.

    To get into the recording, what dates it for me is the sound of the guitar.
    It's got too much phasing, that chiming, thin, shimmering sound, a background,
    with no lead guitar or heavy guitar fills.
    I'm thinking John is doing this to help out friends and have fun with it,
    but this song doesn't have the same production and standards he can have.
    And it's not even three minutes long.

    By the time I was looking at the wonderful water photos,
    I thought the Sea of Mercy was rising up my leg,
    or was it just going to sleep, sitting cross-legged to watch the video?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bz_cmE14MY

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Watt View Post
    This is an old one, and I was watching this on satellite TV in bars when it came out,
    but it shows what I think about John Wetton.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bz_cmE14MY

    Phenomena has never been in my list of favourite bands. On the other hand, I'm a devoted fan of 'classic' Asia.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKorHdt6n1I

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    Rest in peace. Been listening to a lot of Wetton era Crimson lately, love the USA Live album.

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    sherpa? Does that mean you can carry a tune all the way up Everest?
    You might find John Wetton sitting up there, silently playing away.
    You'd have to stay away from all the hummingbirds,
    flying up to drop nectar on his lips.
    I used to live like that,
    until I got carried away.
    I should have played right-handed, and I'd still be here.

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