John Wetton will also be featured in two Steve Hackett shows, as a special guest, singing Firth of Fifth, a Genesis Classic; artist Roger Dean guest at kickoff show of Wetton solo tour
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John Wetton is proud to announce the first dates of a tour to promote the release of his sixth solo album, RAISED IN CAPTIVITY . These concerts are in the UK, followed by two already announced dates in Japan.
This is Mr Wetton's first solo tour since 2003; since then he has been busy touring the world with the original members of Asia (Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe and John Wetton) and with Geoff Downes, composing and performing the music that made the reunion albums best sellers around the world, followed by sold out worldwide tours. When not performing with ASIA, Wetton and Downes composed and performed in their iCon project. In addition, Mr Wetton reunited with Eddie Jobson from UK for a sold out shows--- these were so successful that an extensive world tour is planned for 2012.
For this unique and eagerly anticipated tour, John Wetton will be accompanied by musicians from progressive rock band favourites:
John Mitchell on guitar ( It Bites, Arena)
Steve Alexander on drums (Duran Duran, Jeff Beck)
Martin Orford on keyboards ( IQ, Jadis)
The tour kicks off with a special show which features the artwork of---and a special appearance by---Roger Dean, whose famous artwork has graced the albums of Asia (of which Mr Wetton is a founding member) and Yes. That show will take place at Trading Boundaries, on 12 January, 2012. The venue is located in Fletching, East Sussex.
The second date will be on the 13th of January at the Assembly, in Leamington Spa. Those two dates will be followed by performances in Japan.
Before he embarks on his own tour, John Wetton will be the special guest of Steve Hackett at two Mr Hackett’s shows : 10th November 2011 -The Wharf Tavistock and the 13th November 2011 -02 Academy Islington John Wetton will sing the lead vocal on Firth of Fifth, a perennial favourite of Hackett and Genesis fans.
Steve Hackett was a special guest on Wetton’s album Raised in Captivity, playing the guitar solo on 'Goodbye Elsinore'.
Raised in Captivity was released in late 2011 to critical and fan acclaim and 2012 marks the first live performances of material from the album, along with favourite material from Wetton’s other work.
The Japanese edition features 2 bonus tracks, the new “Face To Face” and from his Arkangel album, “After All”. “After All” is included for the Japanese people and all of John’s proceeds from this track will be donated to Japanese Tsunami Fund.
“Raised In Captivity” celebrates yet another milestone in an extraordinary life, a stunning collection of songs reinforcing a career of over 40 years during which John Wetton has created a legacy as one of the greatest singers, musicians and songwriters.
Respected worldwide by fans and musical peers alike, Wetton’s career includes a significant period of time in the early eighties when he was the best selling singer in the world.
Once again characterised by the emotional impact of the material, a necessary component in all Wetton’s creativity, “Raised In Captivity” continues an unrivalled career which has brought inspiration to millions worldwide.
Of the new album and choice of producer, Wetton commented, “The decision to record in Los Angeles with Billy Sherwood was entirely mine. I wanted the chaotic urban inspiration, edge and energy to juxtapose the natural beauty that California provides. I also knew that Billy Sherwood would provide the musical and technical ability to record quickly, with ultra high energy and superb production quality.”
John Wetton has been a member of several prominent British bands: he joined King Crimson from 1972 to 1974, before working with Roxy Music and Uriah Heep. In 1977, with former Crimson band mate and drummer Bill Bruford, he co-founded U.K., which also featured guitarist Allan Holdsworth and keyboardist/
After U.K.’s demise, Wetton turned his attentions to a solo career.
In 1982, Wetton became part of the supergroup Asia, together with Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes. This “fab four” of progressive pop would rule radio and record sales, with their debut album becoming the biggest selling album of the year and yielding the worldwide hit “Heat of the Moment.” Wetton remained prolific with more solo studio albums and several collaborative efforts over the years.
The Japanese edition of Raised in Captivity features two bonus tracks, “Face To Face” and “After All”, the latter Wetton included in aid of the Japanese Tsunami Relief Fund.
Mr Wetton will tour Japan after he performs in the UK in January.
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