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Mon
10
Sep

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - JUDAS PRIEST, FOREIGNER

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This week on Westwood's One Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon new interviews with former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing, King Crimson & Foreigner founder Ian McDonald and Helloween's Andi Deris. Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven co-hosts and we talk about Great White touring with Judas Priest, the 1988 Donington tragedy and more
 
In the episode's first interview guitarist K.K. Downing discusses his new book Heavy Duty - Days And Nights In Judas Priest, his reasons for the book, Rob Halford, Gull Records, his relationship with Glenn Tipton, brand over band, forming a new band with Tim 'Ripper' Owens, Sharon Osbourne & OzzFest, one voice/one band, regrets in leaving Judas Priest, and much more.
 
In our second interview, KING CRIMSON - FOREIGNER co-founder Ian McDonald talks about his new band Honey West, their latest album Bad Old World, the Foreigner reunion shows, the possibility of a new reunion Foreigner album, Foreigner's inception and was it a supergroup, finding Lou Gramm, the story behind Foreigner's debut album, departing after Head Games, KING CRIMSON's debut album & iconic artwork, his solo album Drivers Eyes, T.Rex and much more. 
 
Helloween Andi Deris closes the episode talking about the band's Pumpkins United (reunion) tour, his time in Pink Cream 69, Germany's Internet service, KISS, will Helloween go back to being a single singer band, new album with current Pumpkins United lineup, the Pumpkins United single, how Helloween's 1994 album Master Of The Rings album utilized Pink Cream 69 song ideas, the upcoming live DVD, leaving Pink Cream 69 and more.
 
*Please note that the interview with Andi is made up of three separate phone calls. 
 
 
 
Twitter: @mitchlafon
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Wed
01
Feb

JOHN WETTON Loses Battle With Cancer

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Official Press Release / Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31st January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer.
 
John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band's 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat of the Moment.
 
John also enjoyed a successful solo career, including the seminal album Battle Lines, and formed iCon with ASIA bandmate Geoff Downes. In 2006 the original line-up of ASIA reformed and toured the world several times to promote four new studio albums.
 
John had been planning to tour with ASIA for the band's forthcoming US arena tour with Journey and following the success of his solo Studio Recordings Anthology, to continue working on the ongoing re-issue programme of his solo albums, via his own Primary Purpose label.
 
John valued his over 11 years of sobriety and volunteered time in fellowship with other alcoholics to share his experience, strength and hope with them. John is survived by his recently wed wife Lisa and 18 year old son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Peggy.
 
The very last studio song of John Wetton's career was the closing track on the most recent and indeed final ASIA album 'Gravitas' and included the profound lyrics 'Think the best of me, till we meet again.'
 
A statement by Geoff Downes:
 
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart, that I have to report we have lost my dearest friend, brother, bandmate and long term musical collaborator, John Wetton, who has passed away after a long and tenacious battle with cancer. He will be remembered as one of the world's finest musical talents, and I for one of many was wholly blessed by his influence. It was a massive privilege for me to have worked with this genius so closely on our numerous projects together over the years. His bass playing was revolutionary. His voice was from the gods. His compositions - out of this world. His sense of melody and harmony - unreal. He was literally a 'special one'.
 
But John was much more than a gigantic and unique musical talent. He was a supremely intelligent man, marked with his great observations and wisdom about life; all couched within his wicked sense of humour. The wit was dark and deep, only fully perceptible to those on his same wavelength. I was fortunate enough to be able to be on that wavelength, and discover that we had much in common. Many of his personal life experiences were reflected in his lyrical contributions to the songs. His heart was always in the music. That was John, through and through. It was always about - the music.
 
As a person, he was fiercely loyal, loving and generous, particularly to those he cared about. But he could be as stubborn as a mule or as gracious as a nobleman, depending on the mood that grabbed him on any particular day. There were some who couldn't read his brilliant mind and complex personality. Some found him charming, others infuriating. But however you found John, there was no denying his rare talent as a musician and songwriter was second to none.
 
Both of us having been brought up with similar backgrounds in provincial England, we shared a love of many things - sport, and in particular - football, English church music, current affairs, comedy, literature, you name it....pretty much everything that 2 kids from the sticks were exposed to in our youth.
 
Our planets seemed to be immediately in alignment when we first met in early 1981. There was a laddish camaraderie that grew between us as we became as close as two non-related brothers could be. He was an avid reader and film enthusiast, something he pursued with great interest. This helped inspire him to some wonderful lyrics to the literally hundreds of songs we composed together. Back then, we immediately hit the ground running as we composed much of the debut ASIA album together and forged a formidable partnership which lasted right up until now. It was a wholly natural process for us, whereby we could knock out 2 or 3 songs in an afternoon. They were always greeted with our gentlemanly handshake and smiles once we had wrapped up another one in the bag.
 
Above all else though, his passion for life was to the fore. The battles he endured throughout were immense and well documented. Firstly with alcohol, which he so resolutely overcame, then open heart surgery and finally cancer, which sadly was to take his life in the end. He once observed to me that this disease is a "merciless assassin". Just another example of his perception and the descriptive language that he was so richly blessed with. He took all of these battles on board with great bravery and almost a 'laissez-faire' attitude, tinged with his inimitable wry wit.
 
To say I will miss my him greatly is beyond understatement. He was such an inspiration to me. We were planning another album, but sadly he was not well enough to complete it. I feel heartbroken about this, as I knew John thought it was to be one of our finest albums to date. I remain as proud as ever of our Wetton/Downes writing partnership. I am hoping one day that I will be able to finish it, and that it will be appreciated by all those who loved his and our music, and most importantly, a legacy he would have been proud of.
 
Life will not be the same without him. And words are not really enough to describe the loss I feel right now, and the many friends and fans all over the World will also be feeling. It is the end of an era for all of us. But we will soldier on - the music of John Wetton needs to be heard loud and clear from the rooftops.
 
Dearest John, may you rest in peace brother.
X
Geoffrey
Please join me in sending our sincerest thoughts and prayers to Lisa, Dylan and the entire Wetton family at this difficult time.
 
A statement by Carl Palmer:
 
With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world loses yet another musical giant. John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music. As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of ASIA to the top of the charts around the world. His ability to triumph over alcohol abuse made him an inspiration to many who have also fought that battle. For those of us who knew him and worked with him, his valiant struggle against cancer was a further inspiration. I will miss his talent, his sense of humor and his infectious smile. May you ride easy, my old friend.
 
 
Thu
16
Oct

DISTRICT 97 Featuring Vocalist John Wetton Release One More Red Night: Live

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
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District 97 Featuring Legendary King Crimson/Asia Vocalist John Wetton Release One More Red Night: Live In Chicago CD ' OUT NOW!

London, UK ' Prog fans rejoice! A new live CD capturing a set of King Crimson songs performed by District 97 and former King Crimson lead singer John Wetton has been released on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records.

'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago' includes three songs from the iconic landmark album 'Red'; which inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain. This CD also captures several other well-known songs from the three King Crimson studio albums John Wetton played and sang on, plus their earlier hit '21st Century Schizoid Man'. This is the first release of this recording and features many tracks which are now rarely heard live.

'I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt. Their shows are an exciting pleasure to attend, and I am proud to work, and be associated with them.' - John Wetton, Annapolis, October 1,2014.

District 97's drummer and 'One More Red Night' producer, Jonathan Schang, says 'The first Crimson song I ever played live with John was 'Lament'. To hear 'that voice' coming from right in front of me, seemingly made only stronger by the passage of time, was an experience I shall never forget. Getting to know John more closely, both as a musician and a human being, is an honor and a privilege. I'm thrilled that our joint interpretations of his iconic work with King Crimson are now available for all to enjoy.'

TRACK LIST:

1. ONE MORE RED NIGHTMARE
2. THE GREAT DECEIVER
3. LAMENT
4. THE NIGHT WATCH
5. FALLEN ANGEL
6. BOOK OF SATURDAY
7. 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN
8. STARLESS
9. EASY MONEY

To purchase District 97 & John Wetton 'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago':
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/More-Night-District-With-Wetton/dp/B00N3SE9US/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Night-District-With-Wetton/dp/B00N3SE9US/
Cherry Red: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4842
iTunes US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-more-red-night-live-in/id912870501
iTunes UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/one-more-red-night-live-in/id912870501
 
District 97's last album was Trouble with Machines, features a guest appearance by John Wetton on the mini-rock opera, "The Perfect Young Man":
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-With-Machines-CD-DVD/dp/B0082GN8Z8
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/trouble-with-machines/id545414289

John Wetton's last solo project was a 2 CD re-issue of Monkey Business and Jack-knife, the former of which includes many of his early 1970s versions of tracks that went on to become some of King Crimson's most iconic songs:

http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Knife-Monkey-Business-John-Wetton/dp/B00I4583HK/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Knife-Monkey-Business-John-Wetton/dp/B00I45...
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/jack-knife/id889141024
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/monkey-business-feat.-richard/id889182992

Official websites: www.district97.net & www.johnwetton.com
 
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