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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

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