Thursday at 3 PM The AIR presents a special episode of Radio Free Charleston International, a tribute to John Wetton, a progressive rock icon, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 67.
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John Wetton was best known as the lead singer, bassist and one of the songwriters for the hugely successful Progressive Rock band, ASIA, but his prog-rock pedigree stretches back further than that, with notable stints in King Crimson, UK, Roxy Music and Uriah Heep, among others on his list of credentials.
Following his exit from ASIA in the late 1980s, Wetton continued to collaborate with ASIA keyboardist, Geoff Downes, and also released a series of solo albums. He participated in a limited reunion of UK, with Eddie Jobson, and also contributed to several progressive rock tribute CDs, collaborating with stellar talents like Adrian Belew, Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Alan White.
The original line-up of ASIA reformed in time for their twenty-fifth anniversary in 2007, and recorded new albums that recaptured the vitality of their younger days. The reformed ASIA toured until Wetton’s health issues became too much for him to continue. Wetton succumbed after a long battle with colon cancer Tuesday morning.
This week, since Prognosis is on hiatus following a flu outbreak at Haversham Recording Institute, Radio Free Charleston International host, Rudy Panucci, took it upon himself to assemble a two-hour salute to one of the greatest voices in rock. In this show you will hear studio and live tracks featuring John Wetton from ASIA, King Crimson, UK, ICON, and Wetton himself, solo and in collaboration with other great musicians.
Here is the playlist:
Asia “Heat of the Moment”
King Crimson “Easy Money (Live)”
UK “By The Light of Day”
Wetton-Downes “Kari Anne”
John Wetton “Turn On The Radio”
Asia “End of The World”
John Wetton, Adrian Belew, Alan White “Mother”
UK “Danger Money”
King Crimson “Starless”
Asia “An Extraordinary Life”
John Wetton “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes”
John Wetton “Rendezvous 6:02”
Asia “Video Killed The Radio Star”
UK “Nothing To Lose”
UK “Caesar’s Palace Blues (Live)”
John Wetton “Right Where I Wanted to Be”
Asia “Sole Survivor”
Asia “Midnight Sun”
Icon “Meet Me At Midnight”
Asia “The Heat Goes On”
Radio Free Charleston International can be heard Thursday at 3 PM, with replays Friday at 7 AM and 10 PM, Saturday at 11 AM, Sunday at 1 AM and 10 PM and Tuesday at 11 PM.