John Wetton

DGM's tribute to the mighty bass guitarist that was John Wetton. Compiled from a Fripp, Wetton and Collins session recorded prior to the making of Exposure, this is quite easily the best jazz-rock power trio that never existed, with the famous Wetton crunching bass well to the fore. Astonishing to think that John made his huge contribution to King Crimson in just three brief years before moving on to UK, Roxy Music and Asia. The comments section below leaves a space where we can collect tributes.

AUDIO SOURCE: Studio Monitor Mixes



John Wetton
Written by John Luijten
Best jazzrock trio?
No. That was McLaughlin-Pastorius-Williams. Maybe Fripp-Wetton-Bruford could have been almost as great, but not with Collins.
Written by Mark D Gaines
Open and Expanded
John's contribution to music will never be forgotten. His musical legacy will continue long after most have withered away. Thanks to John for opening my ears long ago to what possibilities within and outside music can present when one truly listens.
Written by Steven Nathan
Really Great to Hear
Gone too soon. Thanks for all the memories, and for one more.
Written by John Bobela III
Wow - John will be missed
John Wetton was a huge part of my musical influence, and really help shape the landscape of music from the late 60's to his powerful contributions with Asia. We all will miss you, thankfully the music lives on.

Band diaries / Press reviews

20.06 Waking c. 01.38 and unable to go back to sleep for two or three hours. John was very much on my mind, having spoken to Lisa yesterday afternoon and who continued to keep me up to date. Thank you. Rising at 09.00, from a NightWorld series of adventures from I’m not sure where, to an e-mail from Lisa Wetton sent at 08.49: John… died very peacefully, without pain. Gratitude for this. Martin Darvill, John’s manager for the past twelve years, was also in touch and we spoke: John flew away at 05.25. John was a pal over almost forty-two years, beginning at Bournemouth College in 1965, two teenage students and local gigsters. We continued in touch during our early professional lives in London, speaking from time to time, before John joined King Crimson in 1972-74 with D...
10.34 Well. A shock at the Kitchen table. David came in c. 09.10 with news of a restless night over the (non)exchange of contracts on the about-to-be-becoming Chez Singleton in Bredonborough. 21.05 Bredonborough. Leaving DGM HQ c. 11.45 to celebrate John Wetton’s Flying Away at the church of St. Mary Magdalene, New Milton… I II A full church, with moving eulogies and testimonies to how much John contributed to the lives of many. Jerusalem was stirring and the Lord's Prayer strongly rendered. In the second pew, congregation left, I was surrounded by many well-known professional persons from John’s extended Family and Friends. Lisa read a poem she had just found of John's, unpublished, which fell from a sheaf of lyrics. The last line: I am not dead. The Vi...