Another Rock Voice has shuffled off this mortal coil.
John Wetton, singer/bassist and veteran of multiple famed prog-rock outfits, died today (Jan. 31) in his sleep, with the cause of death being widely reported as colon cancer.
In 1979 supergroup U.K. joined rock keyboard/violinist Eddie Jobson who played with Roxy Music, Jethro Tull and Frank Zappa together with King Crimson’s John Wetton, Yes drummer Bill Bruford and guitarist Allen Holdsworth. This their self titled debut was a well oiled operatic opus which smartly combined all these talents together into eight smart somewhat cohesive jazz/rock songs. Side one opens with In the Dead of Night followed By the Light of Day. Presto Vivace and Reprise and the beautiful Thirty Years. On side two the eerie Alaska and Time to Kill give way to Nevermore and Mental Medication. The record has a somber, pensive feel, which seems especially appropriate today.
R.I.P. John Wetton
Rock ‘n Roll music has always been a voice of self-consciousness and defiance. In the past it has called out abuse and questioned tyranny especially in the late 1960s and early 70s. It has rallied youth and provided a platform for generations to speak out against injustice, corruption and intolerance. Now especially is the time for underground American rock to reawaken. Who will be the new voice in these troubled times?
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Tom Waits conjures up the spirit of Louis Armstrong in his classic 1970s Club Crest style. Small Change is steeped in poetry, jazz and blues, perfect to throw back a few stiff ones and contemplate misfortune, love lost and days of auld lang syne.