Sad news: John Wetton, co-founder, lead singer and chief songwriter for the '80s group Asia, has died at 67 of colon cancer.
Wetton had recently canceled upcoming tour dates to embark on a new cycle of chemo, but seemed optimistic that he had more time left.
I loved that first Asia album. I remember being captivated by the Heat of the Moment and Only Time Will Tell music videos, with their cheesy (but, back then, new) visual gimmicks, like the slow-mo face slap, the flaming cymbal, that hammer-crushed hourglass, the TV screens with disembodied faces, the gymnast's eternal flips.
(I also found the drummer, in his skintight white vest, awfully cute — he had such a good time making that first video. Carl Palmer?)
Also good: “Sole Survivor.” It's hard to believe now, but their debut album was the #1 hit of 1982, and it did so on the strength of just one #4 and one #17 single. Nothing else charted in the U.S. on the Hot 100.
I kept up with them through their next record, too, with these gems (love the Indiana Jones knock-off):
Wetton is survived by his wife, a son, a brother and his mom.