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RIP John Wetton & Overend Watts

Post by Robin_Shadowes » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:08 pm

Looks like Anno Domine 2017 also are going to be a year of great culling. :(

John Wetton has died at the age of 67.

The news was confirmed by his manager Martin Darvill, who said that the cause had been colon cancer. Wetton had undergone major surgery in 2015 to have a one-kilo malignant mass removed from his abdomen.

Wetton was born in 1949 and played with a variety of bands including Family, Mogul Thrash, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music, Wishbone Ash and King Crimson.

He went on to form prog supergroup UK and following their split in 1980, he teamed up with Geoff Downes, Steve Howe and Carl Palmer in Asia. They released their self-titled debut album in 1982, with Wetton becoming the band’s principal songwriter.

Wetton would later team up with Downes in Icon and along with playing with artists including Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, David Cross, Ayreon and District 97, he also enjoyed a successful solo career.

Carl Palmer was one of the first to pay tribute to Wetton, calling him "brave and innovative" and a "musical giant."

http://teamrock.com/news/2017-01-31/joh ... es-aged-67

Mott the Hoople bassist Peter Overend Watts has died at the age of 69. He had been suffering from throat cancer.

His Mott bandmate, Ian Hunter – the group’s singer – tweeted: “Oh dear. My extremely eccentric, lovely mate – Peter Overend Watts – has left the building. Devastated.”

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Watts had been inspired as a teenager by the guitar playing of Hank Marvin, and took up the guitar aged 13. He switched to bass in 1965, playing in a series of groups that eventually merged into Mott the Hoople.

Watts stopped being Peter and became Overend at the bidding of Mott’s manager, Guy Stevens, who felt Peter Watts was too commonplace a name, whereas his middle name had glamour and mystery.

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Post by CatInAFlat » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:53 am

This is why I found Max falling out with Chris so sad. Life is too short.

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Post by bertrand » Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:56 am

John Wetton_what a terrible loss.His voice and sense of melody were so special. :cry:
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Post by CatInAFlat » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:12 am

I hate reading stories like this :(

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Post by Robin_Shadowes » Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:25 pm

I was shocked when I first read it. Wasn't that long ago I heard someone say he had recovered from his cancer. I know that it can come back with a vengeance unfortunately. Perhaps that was what happened? When Daevid Allen died they gave him at least 6 months or so. Then he died shortly after he had announced he was ill. For my mom it took years for her to die. For some it takes just a few weeks. The latter must be preferable for the ill person at least. Although that is probably much worse for the family and friends. But I don't know. The slow death took it's toll on me as well.
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Re: RIP John Wetton & Overend Watts

Post by 1after2 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:00 am

Robin_Shadowes wrote:I was shocked when I first read it. Wasn't that long ago I heard someone say he had recovered from his cancer. I know that it can come back with a vengeance unfortunately. Perhaps that was what happened? When Daevid Allen died they gave him at least 6 months or so. Then he died shortly after he had announced he was ill. For my mom it took years for her to die. For some it takes just a few weeks. The latter must be preferable for the ill person at least. Although that is probably much worse for the family and friends. But I don't know. The slow death took it's toll on me as well.
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And I have seen more examples of the one and the other...
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