John Wetton

~ Person

Legal name: John Kenneth Wetton


John Kenneth Wetton (born 12 June 1949) is an English singer, bassist, and songwriter. He was born in Willington, Derbyshire, and grew up in Bournemouth. He rose to fame with bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash.

After his period with King Crimson, Wetton formed UK, and later he was the frontman and principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia, which has proved his biggest commercial success. Their self-titled debut album sold 8 million copies worldwide and was Billboard magazine's No. 1 album of 1982. He later formed the duo Icon with Geoff Downes (ex-Yes, ex-Buggles) and since the 1990s has had a successful solo career releasing a large number of studio and live albums.

Wetton has had a long career as an in-demand session bass player and has collaborated with many members of progressive rock bands such as Yes (including Steve Howe, Bill Bruford, Geoff Downes, Alan White, Billy Sherwood and Peter Banks) and Genesis (Steve Hackett).

  1. ^ a b c "My Own Time: The Authorized Biography of John Wetton", by Kim Dancha, 1997
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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Caught in the Crossfire John Wetton 1
1994 Voice Mail John Wetton 1
1996 Battle Lines John Wetton 1
1998 Arkangel John Wetton 1
2001 Sinister John Wetton 1
2001 Wetton/Downes John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1
2003 Rock of Faith John Wetton 1
2005 Icon John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1
2006 Agenda John Wetton 1
2006 Icon II: Rubicon John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1
2009 Icon 3 John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1
2011 Raised in Captivity John Wetton 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 King's Road 1972-1980 John Wetton 1
2003 The Asia Story Asia feat. John Wetton 1
2015 The Studio Recordings Anthology John Wetton 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Chasing the Dragon John Wetton 1
1996 Akustika - Live in Amerika John Wetton 1
1998 Hazy Monet - Live in New York City John Wetton 1
1998 Sub Rosa - Live in Milan John Wetton 1
1999 Nomansland John Wetton 2
2002 More Than Conquerors Ken Hensley & John Wetton 1
2003 Live in Osaka 1997 John Wetton 1
2004 Amata John Wetton 1
2006 Icon Live – Never in a Million Years John Wetton & Geoff Downes 1
2012 Icon: Heat of the Rising Sun John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1
Live in Tokyo 1997 John Wetton 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Chasing the Deer John Wetton 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Battle Lines John Wetton 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Icon / Heat of the Moment - 05 John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1

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